Curly Comms

Week Ending: 03/03/2024

Curlies Reunited

A lovely wee story to tell you all this week. Whilst helping with a wee job for the Club I phoned a lovely lady, June Havell. We had such a nice chat about Curlies past and current. Which led her to tell me about a Curly she and her husband had bred in the nineties. He was an only puppy and had been lightly shown, before being rehomed to a family in Scotland. His name was Alfie, Coralair Corunna Bay. His parents were, Dam, Darelyn Vanessa of Coralair and Sire, Tangulls Samphire of Herblyn. June tells me all their Curlies were named after Racehorses.

Noticing my Scottish accent, June asked if I knew anything about a certain young chap called Leslie Bain, as coincidentally the name of the family Alfie had been rehomed to was Bain. She had always wondered if it was the same family. I got on to Leslie right away on her behalf and lo and behold, they were indeed the family who rehomed Alfie. He was Leslie’s Grandads dog and went with him every day on their favourite walk over the golf course. He lived a long and happy life and was a much loved family member. He was one of a number of Curlies the family had over a span of three generations.
(Carol Johnstone)

Club News

We are delighted to announce that following a Kennel Club Field Officer Visit to the Curly Coated Retriever Club Winter Open Show on 5 November 2023, at Tomlinson’s Canine Centre, Leicester, we have confirmation that the event was classed as ‘Excellent’. A fantastic result and testament to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes….

Champ Shows

Crufts, 7 – 10 March 2024
Well there are just days to wait now until Crufts 2024, and isn’t it exciting!!
Preparations have been going on behind the scenes to plan this year’s Discover Dogs display – don’t forget to come along and see us on Stand G21 in Hall 3.

The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Final, Thursday 7 March – 34 breeds will take part, and will be judged by Mr Gavin Robertson (Soletrader). Representing the Curlies will be Sh Ch Tessmene The Cats Whiskers, owned by Mrs F & Miss C Carrick of the Tessmene Kennel. Pre-judging will take place in hall 1, ring 8 at 2pm, and the finalists will parade at 6pm in the main arena.

Friday 8 March is Gundog Day and it’s an early start for the Curlies in Hall 4, Ring 21 as judging starts at 8.30 am. Don’t forget to set those alarms folks! And remember to check the travel updates, as there are roads works on routes to the NEC.

The Final of the Kennel Clubs Breeders Competition also takes place on Friday 8 March, judged by Miss Sharon Pinkerton (Bareve). There are 43 qualifying teams this year and the Curlies will be represented by Mrs AL & Dr MJ Moskowitz of the Ravenho Kennel. The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition will be pre-judged in Hall 1, rings 1 and 2 at 2pm and parade in the main arena at 5.55pm on Friday. The team is made of as follows:

Moskowitz – Ravenho Mochara Cadeaux
McKenzie – Ravenho Toulouse Latresco At Beddgelert
Stephens – Sh Ch Ravenho Up Town Girl for Brightmeadow
Valentine – Ravenho Tallow Tango at Pattonia
Res: Gill & Peake’s – Ravenho Midnight Miracle At Saxonholme

Good luck to everyone at Crufts!

Open Show Results

South West Scotland Gundog Association, 2 March 2024
Judge: Jean Cameron (Kaspowy)
1 Mr L & Mr M Bain, Crimblescurl Time To Tango At Wenichones JW, BOB
2 Mrs J Cummings, Molokain Enchanted One

Waverley Gundog Association, 2 March 2024
Judge: Jane Smith (Luanshya)
1 Mr L & Mr M Bain, Crimblescurl Time To Tango At Wenichones JW, BOB
2 Mrs J Cummings, Molokain Enchanted One

Coventry & District Gundog Society, 3 March 2024
Judge: Hilary Male (Malenbrook)
Puppy (2 entries)
1 Mrs E D Clack & Mr E Eddery, Epsilon Adhara At Molokain, RBOB & BPIB & PG4
2 Miss C Mercer & Miss L Thomas, Kahawei Catch The Stars Over Stormacre

Junior (1 entry)
1 Miss T James, Kahawei Sea The Stars

Post Graduate (3 entries, 1 absent)
1 Miss T James, Kahawei Sea The Stars
2 Mr J & Mrs MB Stephens, Ravenho Looks Like Trouble For Brightmeadow

Open (6 entries, 3 absent)
1 Mr J & Mrs MB Stephens, Sh Ch Ravenho Up Town Girl For Brightmeadow JW, BOB
2 Miss C Mercer, Miss L Thomas & Mrs D Whitehead, Slodki Jak Drops Z BasiSfory (Imp Pol)
3 Mr ST & Mrs ED Clack, Bazzy Inti Anka At Molokain (Imp CZE)

Any Variety Gundog Champion Stakes
Judge: Jean Byrne (Enryb)
A.V. Champion
2 Mr J & Mrs MB Stephens, Sh Ch Ravenho Up Town Girl For Brightmeadow JW

East Of Scotland Canine Club, 3 March 2024
Judge: Pauline Smith (Tzaziki)
AVNSC Gundog Open
2 Mr L & Mr M Bain, Crimblescurl Time To Tango At Wenichones JW


CCRC Gundog Training Day, 3 March 2024
Malmsbury,Wiltshire. Organised by Nina Parker-Miles, facilitated by Jill Gardner, owner of Foxcote Golden Retrievers. Jill has successfully trained, worked and competed with Goldens for 35 years, she’s a Kennel Club B panel field trial judge also judging working tests including minor breeds.
Nina told us….
Had a fab day today with 8 curlies present from across the country 😊 the day was split into 2 groups one set starting at 9:30 and finishing around 12:00 for tea and cake with the afternoon group joining us for a chat before training which finished around 5:00 with Jill giving us an extra hour of her time for some problem solving tips. I think Heather (Driscoll) will agree that Jill’s training style seems to suit the breed and I think everyone felt that they came away learning something new. The ages ranged from 7 months to 4 years and Jill was impressed how each dog picked up their exercises so quickly. I think everyone who attended would be keen for further opportunities to train with Jill and she has talked about setting up another day with a similar format. We have also discussed a group evening session maybe once a month once the lighter evenings are here. All round very positive.


Gundog Training
Elaine Huckle and Forrest, attended their first Gundog training session with Craiwarn Gundogs.
Elaine said “ the training session went really well. I am so pleased with how he took to it. We’ve got some homework to do, but he was really good and enjoyed the session which is the most important thing. Got some natural ability for sure! The trainer was excited to have a Curly though! Kept taking photos of him!
Craiwarn Gundogs said “He is as keen as mustard for a dummy!
We are sure he will be a celebrity at training soon Elaine! What a great start for you both.


Exonian Canine Association, 2 December 2023
Judge: Wendy Bebb-Sutton
Open, 5 entries, 3 abs.
1st Edworthy’s Maycourt Heartbreaker, head of correct breed appearance with nothing coarse in its appearance, complete scissor dentition. Would have liked a little more width between front legs, though did have a powerful movement, correct coat covering of good spring where required. B.O.B
2nd Courtier’s Take Me To The Top, Just 11 month old girl, who held herself in the class, will be interested to see her development. Same head attributes as 1st , though unmistakenly very feminine. Good front assembly and ribs well back. Moved with ease across the ring B.P R.B.O.B
3rd Courtier’s Maycort Cover Shot

A.V Gundog Puppy, 29 entries, 24 abs.
2nd Curly Coated Retriever Courtier’s Maycourt Cover Shot, Head with expected wedge appearance when viewing this girl’s headpiece face on and side, which also highlighted the arch of her neck. Good strong pasterns, body proportionate with just the desired tuck up. Tail carriage level as she moved.