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Week Ending: 13/08/2023

This week the United Retriever Club celebrated their 60th Championship Show, and all competitors at the show were given at book, ‘Championship Show Best In Show & Individual Breed Winners 1963 – 2022‘ compiled by Graham Lambert, a URC Committee Member, and assisted by Ciara Farrell from the Kennel Club Library.

I thought it might be interesting to list from the book those Curly Coated Retrievers that have won Best In Show at URC throughout the years:
1963 – Mr & Mrs F Till – Ch Darelyn Dellah
1968 – Mrs C M Halford – ShCh Banworth Sunflower Of Siccawei
1969 – Mr C Marshall – ShCh Samando Braken
1972 – Mrs A V Nicholls – ShCh Darelyn Delrick
1984 – Mrs M Chamberlaine – Gladrags General
1985 – Mr & Mrs R F Clarkson – ShCh Darelyn Rifleman
1986 – Mr & Mrs R F Clarkson – ShCh Darelyn Rifleman
1990 – Mrs A Nicholls – ShCh Darelyn Tarnya
1998 – Mrs A Meredith – Cwmgilli Independent Image
2002 – Mrs A Meredith – ShCh Cwmgilli Independent Image
2015 – Mr & Mrs Phillips & Ms Mann – Tessmene Diamond At Dawn At Gladrags
2021 – Mr & Mrs J Stephens – ShCh Brightmeadow Never Say Die JW ShCM

Club News

The Curly Coated Retriever Club acknowledges the sad passing of long standing life member Mrs Ingrid Craddock. We send our deepest sympathy to Ingrid’s husband, Nigel and all her family.

We have received notification that the funeral will take place on Friday 25 August, at 1pm, at Mercia Forest Crematorium, Broad Lane, Essington, WV11 2RJ.

A request has been made for family flowers only, however donations can be made to Crompton Care, which is the hospice that cared for Ingrid.

Champ Shows

United Retriever Club, 9 August 2023
Judge: Pam Blay
Another excellent entry for the third champ show in the space of a week, for judge Pam Blay, 50 dogs making 56 entries. Finally we also had the weather to match this lovely day which saw the URC celebrating their 60th Championship Show. All competitors were given a complimentary show catalogue and book detailing the Best in Show and Individual Breed Winners from 1963 – 2022.

Pam Blay’s winners were:

Best of Breed: Mr K & Mrs M Solomon, Foxriever Mystic Marvel At Elkysar
Reserve Best of Breed: Miss J Stubbs, Brightmeadow Take Your Time At Densdale
Dog CC: Mr K & Mrs M Solomon, Foxriever Mystic Marvel At Elkysar
Reserve Dog CC: Miss J Stubbs, Brightmeadow Take Your Time At Densdale
Bitch CC: Mr B J & Mrs S M Perkins, Tengore Ruby Tuesday
Reserve Bitch CC: Mr J & Mrs M B Stephens, Ravenho Up Town Girl For Brightmeadow JW
Best Puppy: Mrs F & Miss C Carrick, Tessmene Tickety Boo
Best Veteran: Mr A M & Mrs D J Whitehead, Sh Ch Kelsmere Kamana For Foxriever ShCM
Best Special Beginner: Mrs E Sutton, Hopeall And Aat’s Bud Spencer (Imp Ger) Deu Jun Ch

Keith & Mary Solomon’s Thomas, Foxriever Mystic Marvel At Elkysar, and Bernie & Suzy Perkins’ Ruby, Tengore Ruby Tuesday both collected their 2nd CC.
Fiona & Chimene Carrick’s Nancy, Tessmene Tickety Boo, topped off a fabulous few days for the Tessmene ladies by going on to win Best Puppy In Show.

Congratulations everyone!

All the results can be found here on the Show Results page.

Open Show Results

Tayside, Lochee & District Canine Club, 12 August 2023.
Judge: Pam Cox (Cushatlaw)
1 Miss G Duff, Overbore League Of Their Own, & BOB
2 Mrs J Cummings, Molokain Enchanted One
3 Mr L & Mr M Bain, Crimblescurl Time To Tango At Wenichones

Upperward of Lanarkshire Canine Society, 13 August 2023
Judge: Mr Robin Pollock (Pollham)
A.V. Gundog N.S.C. Open, 7 entries
2 Mrs J Cummings, Molokain Enchanted One


The Working Curly
West Midland Training Hub
‘The Glorious Twelfth’ – Novice Training Session & BBQ
, 12 August 2023
This session was organised by CCRC Working Co-ordinator, and trainer for the day, Lesley Eden. Those in attendance were Aly Clayton & Monty, Heather Driscoll & Beau, Nick Eden & Megan, Su Carlin & Kerie, and Sue & Rain, they were able to  use Lesley & Nick’s fabulous land and water for their training exercises. It was an enjoyable day, and the weather was better than expected. They concentrated on steadiness, hunting, retrieves, and water retrieves. Afterwards they all enjoyed a well deserved BBQ, with Nick in charge of the cooking.
Many thanks to Nick and Lesley Eden, and Sue Margerison.

Heather & Beau with a nice delivery to hand

Lesley told us:
‘Handlers and their dogs of varying ability and experience. Helping the handlers to grow and their dogs to learn. We learn from each other with all wearing their ‘L’ because however long we have been training there is always something new to learn, because the handler and dog combination is always new. The motto is keep learning and train the dog in front of you.

Far Forest Show, 12 August 2023
Up and coming new handler Arlo Hutchins had his 6th birthday on Saturday, and had a great day at Far Forest Show.

Arlo and Norrie, Foxriever Moon Dancer, took part in a Junior Handling Class and came 2nd, winning a lovely rosette.
Happy Birthday Arlo and Well Done!


United Retriever Club, 9 August 2023
Pam Blay’s critique is now available here on the Show Results page.