Selmalda News

Blackpool & District Canine Society


Lesley & I enjoyed a super set of results with our team at Blackpool & District CS. Thanks to first time judge Rui Oliveira (Portugal) for appreciating them. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Puppy Dog. Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda - 1st Yearling Dog. Breeder Anitta Kilpeläinen. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 1st Open Dog. Co-owned with Jacqui Williams. Selmalda Liza Jane - 1st Puppy Bitch & Best Puppy Bitch. As always Retee enjoyed the limelight and thanks to Gary for capturing his podium photo. Well done to the other winners on the day.

Happy 5th Birthday to the Higgin's x Ola kids!


Lesley & I wish a belated Happy 5th Birthday to the Higgins x Ola kids. Int. & Fin. Swe. Nor. MVA Ch. Diplomatics Val Kilmer x Ch. Selmalda Rock Ola Baby J.W. Ch. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W. (Purple) Ch. Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice (Yellow) Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. (Red) Selmalda Journey To The Line (Blue) And now their own kids are impressing in the show ring!



The Royal Cheshire County Premier 2 Day Show\r\nTotal 1619 All Breeds Entered. Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda - 1st Open & Best of Breed (Howard Ogden) - Working Group 1 and ultimately BEST IN SHOW (Tony Allcock). Sincere thanks to both judges for recognising Retees qualities, Lesley & I are very proud of him. Thanks to all for the lovely comments. Breeder - Anitta Kilpeläinen (Hoppinghams, Finland).

Border Union AS


A super day at Border Union AS for Lesley & I and our Selmalda Danes. Lovely sized ring, outside and great company. Thanks to Keith Nathan for appreciating our Danes. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Puppy Dog & Best Puppy Dog. Hoppingham’s Changes Selmalda - 2nd Limit Dog Breeder Anitta Kilpeläinen. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Dog & RCC co-owned with Jacqui. Selmalda Liza Jane - 1st Puppy Bitch, Best Puppy In Breed & RCC! Liza then won Working Puppy Group 3 under Mike Vincent. What a day! Thanks for all the lovely comments and PM’s and well done to all the other winners today.

A super Three Counties AS


A super Three Counties AS for the Selmalda Team, both Friday and Sunday. Lesley and I are justifiably proud of their results and thank the judges involved - Janis King (Breed, pictured), Richard Kinsey (Group) and Tom Mather (Puppy Stakes). Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Puppy Dog, Best Puppy Dog and 2nd Eukanuba Pup Of The Year Stakes. Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda - 1st Yearling Dog Breeder - Anitta Kilpeläinen. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Dog - co-owned with Jacqui Williams. Selmalda Liza Jane (pictured) - 1st Puppy Bitch, Best Puppy Bitch & Best Puppy In Breed. Working Puppy Group 3. 1st Eukanuba Pup Of The Year Stakes and the Winner Overall (Hound/Working) on the day. Returning Sunday we were justifiably proud of Liza and her performance and thank all the ringside for the lovely comments about her. A super set of results and well done to all the other winners over the show.

Margot Green Star #2


At Cork & District Championship Show Fiona Barrett and Selmalda After All At Sundasac, co-owned with Lesley & Adam, won her 2nd GSB and BOB under Dionne Fitzsimmons. Margot is only 8 months of age!

Southern Counties CA


Lesley & I had a lovely day with our Selmalda Team at Southern Counties. Great results, lovely weather and lots of laughs. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Minor Puppy Dog, 2nd Eukanuba Pup of the Year Stakes. Hoppingham’s Changes Selmalda - 1st Yearling Dog, breeder Anitta Kilpeläinen. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Dog & RCC, co-owned with Jacqui Williams. Selmalda Liza Jane - 1st Minor Puppy Bitch, Best Puppy In Breed and Working Puppy Group 2. 4th Eukanuba Pup of the Year Stakes. Selmalda Shining Star - 1st Puppy Bitch, owners Leo & Suzanne Nas. Our thanks and appreciation to breed judge Jason Hoke, POTY judge Unto Timonen and group judge Howard Ogden.

Irish GDC EuDDC Weekend


Thanks to Patrick Fortune for capturing Fiona & Margot following their tremendous success at the EuDDC weekend shows. Here she is with Lourdes Carvajal (Bitch judge) and Eric Bailey after being awarded Green Star Bitch, BOB Fawn and eventually Best Puppy In Show at just 8 months of age. Lesley & I are very proud breeders and co-owners.

Scottish Kennel Club Success


An early start for Lesley and I as we set off for Edinburgh with our show team. Samantha Dolby was our appointed judge and we were delighted with the days results. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Puppy Dog and Best Puppy In Breed. Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda (pictured) - 1st Limit Dog and RCC. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 3rd Open Dog. Selmalda Liza Jane - 2nd Puppy Bitch. Thanks to all the fellow exhibitors and spectators for their kind words about our Danes. So proud.

WELKS Championship Show


Joan Toohey was the appointed judge at WELKS and we opted to take the youngsters for a stroll. Selmalda Ricochet was 2nd in Minor Puppy Dog and his litter sister Selmalda Liza Jane won her Minor Puppy Bitch class. It was a great run out for them both as they ease into the show scene.

Happy 10th Birthday


Lesley & I wish a very Happy 10th Birthday to the Bono x Echo (Highesteem Keep Em Talking x Selmalda Echo J.W.) kids. Here is our very own Georgia in her favourite place, the kitchen, with Liza Jane photobombing in the background. Happy 10th Birthday 🎂 🎉🎁 Marco - Marian. Georgia Daisy - Judy & Stuart. And remembering those who are no longer with us - Elke - Fiona Geno Nova Spring - Judi & Bill Ralf - John, Heather & Candice.

WHAT A DEBUT - Scottish GDC Championship Show


Lesley & I had a long but rewarding day at the Scottish Great Dane Club Championship Show who put on a lovely show and whose committee worked hard for the exhibitors. Our special thanks to judges John Dyson (D) and Maria McGuinness (B) who appreciated our Danes. It was a huge day for our new puppies who were making their debut. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Minor Puppy Dog (Am. Ch. Rojons Legendary Kiss Kiss V Svevo x Ch. S. ZiZi’s Journey J.W.) Hoppingham’s Changes Selmalda - 1st Yearling Dog & RCC (Fi. Ch. Ozaenas Supernova x Mi’Havana Independence) Selmalda Oh Boy At Thornbrae - 1st Special Veteran Dog (Int. Multi Ch. Europower Boy Toy x Selmalda In The Name Of Love) owners Jim Sneddon & Ronnie Lawton Selmalda Liza Jane (pictured) - 1st Minor Puppy Bitch & Best Puppy In Show (Am. Ch. Rojons Legendary Kiss Kiss V Svevo x Ch. S. ZiZi’s Journey J.W.) On the way home we were delighted to hear of litter sister Genie and her success in Italy with owner Salvatore. A wonderful day. Judge John Dyson critique - MPD, 1st Chappell’s Selmalda Ricochet, fawn, good body, pleasing head, well off for bone with good angles front and rear, showed well and moved with drive very promising youngster. 1st Chappell's Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda, Harlequin, well marked with pure white background, good proportions of head with great length of foreface and correct drop of lip. I do find many Harlequins lack elegance in the head department but this boy has it along with the required tight eye , strong bone, tight feet, moved out well with drive, handler had to work hard with him but when settled presents a very pleasing picture and a very promising future was pleased to award him the RCC. Judge Maria McGuinness critique - Minor Puppy B 5,1 ABS. 1ST L & A Chappell's, SELMALDA LIZA JANE (AI), 7 MONTH OLD FEMININE BITCH, RICH FAWN, LOVELY OUTLINE, NOT OVERDONE ANYWHERE, GOOD LENGTH OF FOREFACE WITH CORRECT BITE, NICE ARCHED NECK IN TO WELL LAID SHOULDERS, NICE TUCK, GOOD ANGULATION AND COVERED THE GROUND EASILY, I'M SURE SHE HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD, AWARDED HER BPB AND ON AGREEMENT WITH MY CO JUDGE SHE WAS AWARDED BPIS.

Great Dane Breeders & Owners Association Champions


Lesley, Jacqui & I are so proud of Ruger - Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. We felt very honored that in 2018, at the very first show scheduling the Champions Class (Great Dane Breeders & Owners Association), that he was the first Dane to win this class in the UK. A year later and not only did he win the Champions Class but was also awarded the DCC & RBIS under breed specialist Elaine M Hyde (Dorneywood), pictured. It was wonderful to see Olly, Selmalda Oh Boy At Thornbrae, win his first Veteran Class for owners Jim Sneddon & Ronnie Lawton - Olly looks great!

CRUFTS - Our Therapy Dane


So proud to have been part of the Therapy Dogs Nationwide team today at Crufts 2019 - presented by The Kennel Club UK. Rich couldn\'t have done anymore, superb behaviour and certainly a people magnet. All the dogs and volunteers did an exemplary job. Credit to handle Debbie who has worked tirelessly with Rich since being born.

Ruger goes BEST IN SHOW


At he Midland & West of England GDC Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. went BIS. Co-owner Jacqui, Lesley & Adam would like to extend our thanks to Fawn judge Jim Sneddon and BIS judge Caroline Friend Rees for recognising his qualities and making this happen. This is the third time in the last four years that our Danes have won this award at this show! Judge Caroline Friend-Rees critique - Best in Show - Lesley & Adam Chappell and Miss J A Williams’ Ch Selmalda The Journey, Stunning male. Powerful and masculine yet still elegant. He commands your attention as he enters ring.So well made with excellent front and rear angulation, deep chest down to tight elbows and straight forelegs. Firm topline and strong hindquarters giving a totally balanced outline. Moving with ground covering free easy movement and powering from the rear. A pleasure to award him Best in Show.

Rich the Therapy Dane


Our Clever Rich doing her Therapy work visiting Meadow View Dementia Care Home. One of the residents couldn\'t thank me enough, he said he had seen the dogs on the telly and now he has met one for real. He thanked me for the work we do. Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Merry Christmas from all at Selmalda.


Lesley, Adam and all the Danes at Selmalda wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2019.

Ladies Kennel Association


The final show of the campaign and we were delighted when Ruger won 2nd in Open Dog and the RCC. Here is judge, Angela Challenger, critique...\r\nCHAPPELL, Mrs L & Mr A & WILLIAMS Miss J A, Ch Selmalda The Journey JW, Fawn, a boy I judged as a puppy on my last appointment, my has he blossomed into a lovely male, I can see why he has done so much winning, a strong lad that is ex overall, a head that is in balance with his frame, well made fore and aft with ex depth of brisket, well sprung ribcage, strong loin with powerful hindquarters, moved with a free and ground covering stride, RCC.

Richmond CS - Group Critique


Group Judge Kari Jarvinen's critique - Working Group - Once again my pleasure to judge at this traditional, well organised show. Thank you. Loved them both...super job. As the Best of Breed Working dogs ran into the big ring, it was the large powerful males that impressed. Driving across the ring with majesty and dignity and once more making me aware that the best of British dogs could win anywhere in the world. 1. Chappell & Williams Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W.. The handsome Great Dane of correct proportions. So big and strong yet no trace of coarseness, he is well coupled with great bone, tight feet, super body and condition. He presented to me a marvelous outline and gave smooth fluid movement that earned him the highest award today.



What a wonderful day for Lesley (puppy sitting at home!), Jacqui and I at Richmond. It was all about Ruger! 1st Open Dog, DCC, his 15th, & BOB - judge Glynn Payne. 3rd Eukanuba Champion Stakes - judge Paul Lawless. Then he went and won WORKING GROUP 1 under Kari Jarvinen. Needless to say we are all over the moon and thank everyone for the super comments.