Curly Comms

Week Ending: 17/03/2024

Curly Coated Retriever Club Yearbook 2023



Just to let you know that for those of you who weren’t able to collect your Yearbook at either the Curly Club Open Show & AGM in February, or at Crufts, they will be posted out to you shortly…

We hope you enjoy it, it’s packed full of information, results and facts, there are some lovely articles from club members, and ofcourse there’s the adverts.

Don’t forget, if you feel inspired,  it’s never too early to think about a contribution for the 2024 Yearbook….


Club News

A Thank You from The Kennel Club
If you weren’t at Crufts, then hopefully you saw the photos of the CCRC Discover Dogs Stand both here on the website and on our Facebook page.
The CCRC were very grateful to receive this thank you message from The Kennel Club:

On behalf of all the team at The Kennel Club, thank you very much for your contribution to Crufts 2024.
We had a fabulous show with an increased attendance resulting in over 159,000 people enjoying all the event has to offer.
We depend on so many people (and dogs) to ensure the show continues to be the Greatest Dog Show in the World and you and your clubs contributions played a very important part for which we are grateful.
Winners of the much coveted breed booth competition for Crufts 2024 are listed below.

Toy – Italian Greyhounds
Utility – French Bulldogs
Terrier – Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Hound – Otterhound
Gundog – Italian Spinone & Runners up
Working – Bernese Mountain Dog
Pastoral – White Swiss Shepherd – Overall breed booth winners

Hoping you and your volunteers have found time for some well-earned rest and we look forward to seeing you in 2025.
Best Wishes….

Curly Breed Stats
The Kennel Club Breed Supplement has been published, and we have confirmation that there were 83 Curly Puppy Registrations last year. So including this into the stats, the details are as follows:
2012 – 71
2013 – 118
2014 – 77
2015 – 66
2016 – 83
2017 – 53
2018 – 70
2019 – 68
2020 – 55
2021 – 62
2022 – 73
2023 – 83

The Hip Score list has also been updated – if you find any Curly scores missing, please let us know and we’ll include the details – thanks.

If you came along to Crufts and met some Curlies on the DD stand or at the ringside and you’re interested in the breed or considering adding a puppy to your family, please contact and keep in touch with our Puppy Coordinator, Lesley Eden

Open Show Results

Isle of Wight Gundog Club, 16 March 2024
Judge: Gill Smitherman (Seaheart)
Special Yearling
1 Foxriever Solent Solstice at Wightcurls, RBOB

1 Foxriever Solent Sensation at Wightcurls, BOB

A.V. Gundog IWGC Members’ Stakes
Judge: Sharon Bergin (Roughshoot)
Abbeyaire Members’ Open Stakes
1 Foxriever Solent Solstice at Wightcurls, winning £5

Exeter & County Canine Society, 16 March 2024
Judge: Jane Lilley (also the Group Judge)
Open 3
1 Ms M Edworthy , Maycourt Heartbreaker, BOB & Gundog Group 3
2 Ms D Courtier, Maycourt Take Me To The Top RBOB

3 Ms D Courtier, Maycourt Cover Shot

South Wales Kennel Association Dog of the Year, 16 March 2024
Mr J & Mrs MB Stephens’ Ravenho Looks Like Trouble For Brightmeadow & Sh Ch Ravenho Up Town Girl For Brightmeadow JW, both qualified for this show, getting through several rounds with Fable – Sh Ch Ravenho Up Town Girl For Brightmeadow JW knocked out in the Semi-Finals.

Retford Canine Society, 17 March 2024

Judge: Tim Ball
Junior (3 entries, 1 abs)
1 Mrs ED Clack & Mr E Eddery, Epsilon Adhara At Molokain, BPIB & Puppy Group 3 (Group Judge: Bev Dummett)
2 Miss R Arnold & Mr J Dobson, Roughyeds Regal George At TreecavePost Graduate (4 entries, 3 abs)
1 Mr EJ Emery, Foxriever Midsummer Magic At Thunderguard

Open (8 entries, 4 abs)
1 Mrs S Brookes, Infallibles Black Crusader At Kelsmere (IMP NOR), BOB
2 Mr ST & Mrs ED Clack, Bazzy Inti Anka At Molokain (IMP CZE), RBOB
3 Miss J Stubbs, Brightmeadow Take Your Time At Densdale
Res Mrs JM & Mr KD Rule, Overbore’s Perfect Storm


MORE4 Crufts Appearance, Crufts 2024
You might remember in last weeks Curly Comms we mentioned Laura Wild and her Curly, Ember’s appearance on TV Channel MORE4 on the Friday night. Well I thought we might revisit it because Noah Hemmingway contacted us and very kindly provided a photograph…..

Laura and Ember (Overbore Towering Inferno) appeared in a segment with Disability Advocate and 2021 Paralympic Lead presenter Sophie Morgan, who joined the Crufts coverage team in 2022. Laura talked about Curlies and her work training Assistance Dogs, with Wild Spirit Canines. She was presented with the National Enterprise Award from The Princes Trust.
Congratulations Laura and well done!


Crufts, 8 March 2024
Chris Bexon’s critique is now available here on the Show Results Page.