Results & Critique from 23rd February 2019
CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS 2018
Organisers: Margaret and Debbie Deuchar
6 Heather Way, Stanmore,
020 8954 2954
Contest of Champions, Veteran Challenge, Stud Book Number Challenge, Special Yearling and Puppy of the Year 2018
You are invited by the Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain to this prestigious event being held on Saturday 23rd February 2019. This will be held at :–
BEST WESTERN HALL HOTEL, BULKINGTON, COVENTRY, CV12 9RU AFTER THE AGM.
Everyone is welcome to attend this special match which will be on a “head to head” basis, depending on the age of the puppy, special yearling, stud book winner, veteran or champion.
If you have a puppy, special yearling (who has qualified see separate sheet overleaf) veteran, stud book winner or champion there is a class for you! There is no separate entry fee for the dogs. The judge has been selected from the Breed Council A1 list. Their name will remain secret until the day.
The cost per person attending the event is £20 per member (or £25.00 for non-members). This includes a two-course buffet lunch and coffee. Tea and coffee will also be provided on arrival. If you would like to attend this special event, please complete the attached pro-forma and return as soon as possible (with remittance) to myself at the above address, but by no later than 19th January 2019. Cheques made payable to the Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain.
We look forward to seeing you on the day.
Qualifications for “Norwegian Elkhound Puppy of the Year” are as follows:
1st, 2nd or 3rd in Minor Puppy, Puppy, Special Minor Puppy or Special Puppy class or 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Junior when Dog/Bitch is less than 12 months of age when exhibited in a Junior Class at any Championship Show where KC Challenge Certificates are on offer for Norwegian Elkhounds between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018.
1st in Minor Puppy, Puppy, Special Minor Puppy or Special Puppy class or 1st in Junior when Dog/Bitch is less than 12 months of age when exhibited in a Junior Class at any Championship Show where CC’s are NOT on offer for Norwegian Elkhounds between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018
1st in Minor Puppy and Puppy class at the Norwegian Elkhound Association of Scotland’s open show in April 2018 or the Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain’s Open Show in July 2018.
Best Puppy in Show at a General/Group Open Show between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018.
Any Norwegian Elkhound puppy winning one or more of the above awards during the qualification period is eligible to compete irrespective of their age on 23rd February 2019. The puppy entrants will be divided into heats based on sex and age on 23rd February 2019.
Qualifications are in classes confined to the breed.
Any qualified puppy gaining KC Champion Status (subject to approval) will also be eligible to enter the Champions competition.
Qualifications for “Norwegian Elkhound Special Yearling of the Year” are as follows:
1st, 2nd or 3rd in Junior, Post Graduate, Limit or Open Dog/Bitch class when the dog is twelve and not exceeding twenty four months of age at any Championship Show where KC Challenge Certificates are on offer for Norwegian Elkhounds between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018.
1st in Junior, Post Graduate, Limit or Open Dog/Bitch when the dog is twelve and not exceeding twenty four months of age at any Championship Show where CC’s are NOT on offer for Norwegian Elkhounds between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018
1st in Junior, Post Graduate, Limit or Open Dog/Bitch class when the dog is twelve and not exceeding twenty four months of age at the Norwegian Elkhound Association of Scotland’s open show in April 2018 or the Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain’s Open Show in July 2018.
Any Norwegian Elkhound special yearling winning one or more of the above awards during the qualification period is eligible to compete irrespective of their age on 23rd February 2019. The special yearling entrants will be divided into heats based on sex and age on 23rd February 2019.
Qualifications are in classes confined to the breed.
Any qualified special yearling gaining KC Champion Status (subject to approval) will also be eligible to enter the Champions competition.
Qualifications for “Norwegian Elkhound Veteran of the year” are as follows:
Any Norwegian Elkhound over the age of 7 years on 23rd February 2019 registered with the Kennel Club or any other club that is recognised by the Kennel Club. No further “In Year” qualification is necessary.
The Veteran entrants will be divided into heats based on sex and age on 23rd February 2019.
Any Norwegian Elkhound Veteran with KC Champion Status (subject to approval) will also be eligible to enter the Champions competition.
Stud Book Challenge
Qualifications for “Stud Book Challenge winner of the year” are as follows:
Any Norwegian Elkhound that has been awarded a Kennel Club Stud Book Number. No further “In Year” qualification is necessary.
The Stud Book Challenge entrants will be divided into heats based on sex and age on 23rd February 2019.
Any Norwegian Elkhound that has also qualified as a Puppy, Special Yearling or Veteran will be eligible to enter this competition.
Any Norwegian Elkhound that has gained the title of Champion from the Kennel Club or any other club that is recognised by the Kennel Club is NOT eligible for this competition.
Qualifications for “Contest of Norwegian Elkhound Champion of Champions” are as follows:
Any Norwegian Elkhound awarded the title of Champion by the Kennel Club or any other club that is recognised by the Kennel Club. No further “In Year” qualification is necessary.
The Champion entrants will be divided into heats based on sex and age on 23rd February 2019.
Any Norwegian Elkhound Champion that has also qualified as a Puppy, Special Yearling or Veteran will be eligible to enter in this competition.
Champion Bitch & Overall Winner 2017, Cowpers' Ch Rothenborg Leaha
I was delighted to accept the invitation to judge The 2017 Annual Contest Of Champions for the NECGB, from Margaret Deuchar who along with daughter Debbie has the event so well staged and managed.
The event was held at the Best Western Hall Hotel, Bulkington, Coventry. It proved to be an ideal venue, spacious light and airy, it accommodated the event very well. There were 25 Elkhounds entered to compete in the various categories, many thanks to all exhibitors for allowing me the privilege of assessing your lovely hounds.
Puppy of the Year
BPD & Best Puppy Cowper KESTOS NIMROD OF ROTHENBORG now 19 mths a fine upstanding male of proud bearing and good proportions, has good length of leg to body ratio, is well constructed with moderate angulation, well knit body, good bone and neat compact feet, good coat and colour, has a handsome headpiece well set ears and strong muzzle, tail is well set and carried, came into his own when gaiting, has an easy effortless stride.
BPB. Meyrick AKERSELVA BY NORVIN. now 18mths such an attractive youngster, very feminine head and expression with dark mask, well set and carried ears, compact in outline, good bone and feet, well constructed and carries herself well, has a plush well marked coat, deserves to be campaigned !
Special Yearling of the Year
BD & Best Special Yearling Maun BOWERHINTON BROUHAHA. Such a handsome hound now 2yrs, alert and attentive, appealed for his excellent size and proportions, of compact build and proud head carriage, carries himself so well, has a handsome head, of blunt wedge shape, correct planes, carries his ears well, is short backed and with well carried tightly curled tail, so well proportioned, abundant coat of good colour, stands four square, moves out soundly with purpose.
BB Gray GRASILVA SILVER VINE Well constructed bitch now rising 3yrs, very feminine and appealing in head/eye and expression, projects a compact outline of excellent proportions, with good leg length/body ratio, tail high set and tightly curled, good coat and colour, moved out soundly.
Veteran of the Year
BB & Best Veteran Middleton. CH BOWERHINTON BE MADAM'S SPY AT GRAYTHOR ShCM. Now 8yrs I awarded this lovely lady the CC at SWKA Ch Show in 2012, still looking good, of lovely make and shape, compact outline of correct proportions, alert and attentive, lovely head ears and expression, short in back with little tuck-up, coat abundant and of good colour, tail well set and tightly curled, stands four square with balanced angulation moves with easy and efficient action.
BD Horner. CH/Am/Can Ch KAMGAARD KUT ABOVE (Imp). Pleasing stamp of a dog, rising 10yrs, of excellent size and proportions, square outline, short backed and good length of leg, liked his head properties, blunt wedge, correct planes, alert expression, neat ears, moderate angulation, good forehand, good bone and neat feet, tightly curled tail, abundant coat of good colour showing harness markings, excellent at the stance, thought that the floor surface affected his movement.
Stud Book Challenge
BD & Best of Stud Book Challenge. Maun BOWERHINTON BROUHAHA.
BB. Tress. GILKARO TINC MY BELLE. Soundly built 4yr bitch with lots to like, very alert and attentive, lovely coat and colour, very pleasing in head/eye and expression, good use of ears, has the required moderate angulation, liked her forehand construction with legs well under body, has a firm well knit body, moved out with ease.
Champion of Champions Challenge
BB & Champion of the Year. Cowper. CH. ROTHENBORG LEAHA. Pleased to see this lovely bitch here today a firm favourite of mine, having awarded her CC & BOB at Bath Ch Show 2015, now rising 7yrs she looks as good as ever, a neat and shapely bitch, in excellent form, up on her toes with alert attitude and excellent carriage, yes she would look even better with a darker mask, even so she is attractive in head with good blunt wedge, correct planes, oval dark expressive eyes, of a lovely make and shape, good bone/feet and pasterns, abundant clear coat, tightly curled tail set on high, really scores in her movement which is so effortless, attributed to her balanced moderate angulation in both fore and hindquarters, excellent forehand with good return of upperarm placing her elbows under her withers, pleased to see that she has passed on her qualities to her offspring.
BD Cowper. CH ROTHENBORG OLAV. Now 3 yrs this mature stallion hound was my BP @ Bath Ch Show 2015. I see from the catalogue that he is the sire of the Best Puppy today. Holds a lovely shape, of good proportions, square in outline, short backed, enough length of leg, moderate angulation and with good forehand construction, tail is high set with double curled, good bone and neat oval shaped feet, has a handsome blunt wedge shaped head with correct planes and dark mask, has well set and carried ears, well presented coat with defined harness markings and clear grey colour, gaited freely and soundly.
27th March 2017
It was a great honour to be invited to judge the 21st Contest of the NECGB. It seems a long time since Nicola Croxford & I organised the first one, where the late Terry Thorn & Zena were the judges. I am grateful to the organisers, Margaret & Debbie Deuchar plus everyone else who assisted & especially Janice for the fantastic rosettes.
This is my 39th year in Elkhounds & they are a most amazing breed. One of the great characteristics is the temperament & the Standard it calls for “friendly, intelligent & independent without any sign of nervousness”; & as a breed specialist I adore puppies or adults to seek attention from the judge & want to have a fuss rather than be gone over!
A lovely entry awaited me & thanks to all exhibitors. There were some tough decisions in some of the rounds.
BPD & overall Puppy Challenge winner 2016, Gilluley & Tress’ Grasilva Little Rock avec Gilkaro, 22 months on the day. A well made & confident junior now. Lovely “apple pie” proportioned wedge head & kind expression. Dark & very mobile ears of correct size & proportions. Good forequarters, good proportions in leg length & short in couplings. Lovely steel silver colour & tight, well set tail. Good angulation & moved with good drive, retaining his topline on the move.
BPB, Gray’s Grasilva Silver Vine, litter sister to winner. Attractive puppy with a sweet head & expression. Dark eye of correct shape. She presents a compact outline with, like her litter brother, good length of leg to body ratio. Good tailset & feminine throughout. Lovely side gait.
BVD & overall winner of Veteran of the Year, Haugstad’s Ch Kestos Night Cap at Skogley, 9 years of age. Fine upstanding male presenting a lovely profile picture. Quality wedge shaped head, very mobile ears, strong forequarters & short in couplings. A very typical & appealing expression & this is, for me, the head shape & expression called for in the Standard. He epitomises so much of our breed & especially in cobbiness & shape. A very worthy Ch & a credit to his owner & breeders. He was also entered in the Ch knockout & between the veteran & ultimate winner was probably the closest decision on the day.
BVB, Allchin’s Carolon Puttin’ On The Ritz, 12 years real poppet. Again, a great credit to her owner/breeder, she has a very sweet expression & lovely neckline, coupled with pure silver colour. Moved well for her age.
BB & Overall winner of the Stud Book Challenge 2016, Allchin’s Laakso Kia’s Cracker of Carolon, very tidy girl all round – good proportions & lovely neckline. Super feminine head, expression & overall type, ears well set & carried, good pigmentation, compact & balanced. Tail a little lazy at times. Good on the move & nice reach in profile action.
BD, G Little Rock avec G.
Contest of Champions 2016, it isn’t often one gets 10 Ch Elkhounds in a single knockout – a great pleasure to go over them. Thank you. Best Champion Dog & Overall winner 2016, Simms’ Ch Bowerhinton Broder at Elverdal, this dog probably looked today the best I have ever seen him. I previously judged him when he was a youngster & I awarded him a CC & BOB then. Today he had a zest for life & never put a foot wrong. As previously mentioned, he was pressed hard by the veteran winner but today was his. I was looking for balance & moderation in all aspects of the breed, square yet not losing front construction as a result & with unexaggerated angles. He ticked all the boxes & more. A soft expression & great nature. He has a classic outline which is so akin to that of the Julia Rands line drawing we historically recognise as our blueprint. Moved soundly & with purpose, decent reach on strong well made legs.
Best Champion Bitch, Middleton’s Ch Graythor Norwegian Lights, 3 years of age. Very honest bitch with a frank, fearless & kind expression. Lovely overall shape, feminine head of good wedge shape. Good level topline & decent couplings. Dark eyes & well placed ears. Decent colour & good proportions. Moved with drive.
Note from Editor: It would be lovely to have to photos of these winners to put on here. If you would like to be included please send a photograph to me here:
Champion Dog & Overall winner 2016, Simms’ Ch Bowerhinton Broder at Elverdal