Lesley and I had a super day at WELKS with the team with some lovely results. Our appreciation to judge Inez Cooke. Selmalda Journey To The Line - 1st Limit Dog for co-owners John, Heather & Candice Dyson. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 1st Open Dog, DCC & BOB, pictured, and Working Group shortlist (last 7) under Frances Krall for co-owner Jacqui Williams. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Bitch. Thanks everyone for the well wishes and well done all the other winners. It was great to be back outside again on grass. Here is what Inez wrote about Ruger - Selmalda The Journey J.W., Fawn upstanding male offering size and substance and retaining the all important elegance. Head with the desired length, depth and width. Face well chiselled with a nice rise over the eyes. Good ear carriage. Good length of neck flowing into well placed shoulders. Deep brisket and well filled for chest. Good length of back into good croup and tail set. Well ribbed and good bend of stifle. Moved round well in good hard condition. Fully matured and at his best. Pleased to award him the CC. Well deserved.
Lesley & I are delighted, and proud, to wish a very Happy 11th Birthday to the Ch. S. Romeo J.W. x Ch. S. Me And My Shadow J.W. kids. To our own Echo, pictured, to Richard & Tinas Dannel, Dave and not forgetting Ch. Has To Be, Ares, who was adored by Nigel & Dawn. A very special day ahead for Echo who will share her day with daughter Georgia and granddaughter Harlem.
Lesley and I wishing a very Happy 8th Birthday to the Bono x Echo kids. Lovely to still have Georgia here amongst the pack X Ralf - John, Heather & Candice. Marco - Marian. Georgia Daisy - Judy & Stuart And remembering those who are no longer with us - Elke - Fiona Geno Nova Spring - Judi & Bill
A wonderful day at the Scottish GDC Championship Show for the team, another super memorable day for Lesley & I. Dog Judge Mandy Bithell S. Oh Boy At Thornbrae - 1st Special Open Brindle for owners Jim Sneddon & Ronnie Lawton. Ch. S. The Journey J.W. - 1st Open, DCC & BIS for co-owner Jacqui Williams. Pictured with Dog Judge Mandy and thanks to referee Judy Greig. Bitch Judge Judy Thurlby S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 1st Open. Ch. S. Journey To Melody At Samdice - 3rd Open for owners John, Heather & Candice Dyson. Here is Mandy's critique - Selmalda The Journey J.W., beautiful upstanding, well muscled, super conditioned & well boned fawn boy, whose handler got the best out of him. Nice dark eye, soft kind expression, a good length & breadth of muzzle, with the classic ridge over the nose, beautiful well arched neck, correctly shaped & well placed ears, carried high, all give him the classic look of ‘dash & dare’ that you don’t see so often these days in the breed. Well filled front of good depth & width. Stood on catlike feet & super short nails. Good angles front & rear. Moved soundly round the ring. This boys attributes portrays a clean outline & every inch a Great Dane. Was pleased to award him BD & was thrilled to see him go BIS on the referees decision. Many congratulations & well deserved. Thank you for all the wonderful comments, well done to all winners, home now and time for a well deserved celebratory drink!
Lesley & I are thrilled to bits as today Ruger was awarded his 3rd CC & BIS at the South Western GDC and, subject to KC confirmation, becomes our 15th Champion bred. Ruger is co-owned with Jacqui who aside from loving him to bits conditions him perfectly. Thank you to the judges who have awarded him his CC's Ilona Onstenk-Schenk (Southern Counties '16), Pat Patch (M&WEDGC '16) and Maria McGuinness (SWGDC, pictured) and of course to those who have thought so highly of him with 7 RDCC's and, now, 7 BIS's under his belt. Here is Maria' critique - Selmalda The Journey J.W., a very impressive all male Fawn b/m dog of 2 years 9 months, in excellent condition, strong head but not too much lip (as is quite often seen in stronger dogs), correct bite, dark eye, good ear carriage, alert expression, well arched neck into shoulders, hard muscled body, good angulation, lovely topline, powered around the ring with both strength and elegance, a pleasure to go over this dog, my CC winner and was happy to see him go BIS.
A super day for the team today and wonderful results at the Great Dane Breeders & Owners Association and The Great Dane Club Back 2 Back shows. Thank you to the judges and for the congratulations and compliments ringside, Lesley and I are very proud. GDB&OA Open Show - Christopher Quantrill S. Journey To The Line - 1st Limit Dog, co-owned with John, Heather & Candice. S. The Journey J.W. - 1st Open Dog, BD & BIS, co-owned with Jacqui (pictured today). GDB&OA Open Show - Sarah Richardson. S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 1st Open Bitch, RBB. The Great Dane Club Limited Show - Gary Withers. S. Journey To The Line - 1st Open Dog. Here is Dog Judge Christopher Quantrill's critique - Selmalda The Journey J.W., this dog for me fulfils the Standard in virtually every word especially in the ‘general appearance: very muscular, strong though elegantly built, with the look of dash & daring’. Having said this he was also calm & gentle & so regal I found it hard not to keep looking at him while going over the other dogs in the class. He has a classically correct head & is equally so well balanced & has enough muscle & good bone to ensure you see strength in him in abundance & power. I had no difficulty in making this beautiful male my BOB & I am so pleased my co-judge of the bitches agreed without the need for any referee. I am sure this elegant young male will be a champion.
A wonderful day at the M&WEGDCs Colour Format Show and again Lesley & I are very proud breeders. Selmalda Journey To The Line - 1st Post Graduate Dog for co-owner John, Heather & Candice. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 1st Open Dog, Best Dog and BEST IN SHOW for co-owner Jacqui. Ch. Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice - 1st Open Bitch, Best Bitch and RESERVE BEST IN SHOW for owners John, Heather & Candice. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W. - 3rd Open Bitch. Pictured with BIS Judge Geoff Duffield & Fawn Judge David Simpson is brother and sister, Ruger & Essi. Thank you to both judges for the lovely feedback and to the ringside for the compliments and congratulations. Well done to all the other winners on the day. David Simpson's critique - Selmalda The Journey JW. Strong Masculine dog who is so well balanced throughout. His friendly, outgoing attitude so apparent as he owned the ring from the moment he entered. Good head planes without excess flews or loose skin, correct high set ears really enhancing his kind but alert expression. Well arched neck flowing into correct set shoulders and good topline which he held on the move. Strong flat bone, deep well filled chest, belly well drawn up to good strong loin. Well muscled rear with low set hocks which he used to his advantage to drive him around the ring. Best Fawn Dog who went on to be awarded BIS. David Simpson's critique - Ch Selmalda Journey To Melody at Samdice. Top quality Bitch who I have admired for a long time. Litter sister to Best Fawn Dog but as much as he is all dog this bitch is very much all girl. Strong but feminine and in my eyes truly fit for function. Beautifully proportioned, parallel, well chiselled head, good length of foreface with square lips. Head carried high on well arched neck. Well filled fore chest, ribs well sprung with correct depth of brisket. Cat like feet, strong pasterns and good turn of stifle. Both front and rear showing excellent angulation, well muscled allowing her to power around the ring with ease. Best Fawn Bitch and later awarded RBIS. BIS Judge Geoff Duffield's critique - I was well happy to award BIS to Chappell & Williams Selmalda The Journey J.W., home bred from Champion parents, himself on two CC's so not long before he joins the upper house. Not only a good sound masculine dog but full of attitude and ring presence. Didn't need a lot of handling, stands naturally with dignity, setting himself up with well arched neck carrying his head so proudly. Head so clean and balanced, excellent skull, ears, muzzle and under jaw, lovely forechest, good depth of brisket, perfectly straight forelegs, strong pastern, excellent feet, very good topline and strong in loin, good tailset, very good turn of stifle, strong well muscled thighs, good hocks, best mover by far. Stunning creature. BIS Judge Geoff Duffield's critique - RBIS was Dyson's Ch. Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice, litter sister and again top quality. Like her sibling, sets herself up quite naturally with that same dignified head on well arched neck. Beautifully balanced head, lovely ears, good dark eye emitting totally feminine yet intelligent expression. Same remarks apply to her very correct conformation, pleasure to watch on the move.
A super entry today at Manchester 2017 for appointed judge Sharon Pinkerton and Lesley & I are very proud of our Danes achievements on the day. S. The Journey J.W. - 1st Open Dog, BD & BOB co-owned with Jacqui. (pictured with breed judge). Ch. S. Journey To Melody At Samdice - 1st Open Bitch & RBB for owners John, Heather & Candice. Essi also claimed 4th in a strong Eukanuba Champion Stake class under Per Iversen. S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Bitch. Well done to the other winners, a thoroughly enjoyable day with great friends.
How proud are Lesley & I to read this today? Champion Selmalda Rock Ola Baby J.W. (Ch. S. Romeo J.W. x Ch. S. Me And My Shadow J.W.) dob 13/10/08 - Top Brood Bitch 2016. Sired by Int. & Multi Ch. Europower Boy Toy - Ch. S. Koochie Ryder J.W. - 9 CCs, 22 RCCs & 2 Group 1s. Sired by Int. & Multi Ch. Diplomatics Val Kilmer - Ch. S. Journey To Melody At Samdice - 3 CCs & 1RCC. S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 2 CCs & 7 RCCs. S. The Journey - 2 CCs & 6 RCCs. In a truly emotional 2016 this IS welcome news.
A super day at the M&WEGDC today, really festive and a lovely atmosphere. S. The Journey J.W. - 1st Open Dog, DCC & BEST IN SHOW! (Photo) Co-owned with Jacqui. S. Journey To The Line - 3rd Limit Dog. S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 1st Open Bitch. Ch. S. Journey To Melody At Samdice - 2nd Open Bitch for John, Heather & Candice. Lesley & I so, so proud. Thank you to both Pat Patch (Dog) and Alaine Flower (Bitch) and well done to the other winners on the day. And relax. Here is Pat's critique - Selmalda The Journey J.W., what a difficult choice between 1 & 2. At first seemingly from different moulds they both 'shout' Great Dane and have similar attributes from the breed standard. However during the class judging I preferred the smooth topline of 1 and his overall attitude and showmanship. CC and on the referee's decision BIS.
Back 2 Back - 2 BIS The Great Dane Club Open - Selmalda The Journey J.W. - BEST IN SHOW Great Dane Breeders & Owners Association - Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W. - BEST IN SHOW Lesley and I could not be happier. Delighted for Jacqui with Ruger and thank you to judges Judi Cottam & Scott Pearson. Thanks also to Patsy Hollings & Jill Cranfield for thinking so highly of ZiZi. Well done to all the other winners and really appreciate all the support and kind words today. Patsy Hollings critique - Open 1st Chappell's Selmalda ZiZi's Journey J.W., this two year old was perfectly presented and in super condition. She presents a picture of dignity both standing and moving where she displays her correct construction and balanced angles to move with long, graceful action, working with handler at all times, she has elegance and showed true type, strong and feminine, a class act. BB, BIS in agreement with my co-judge.
Lesley & I were over the moon that Essi gained her 3rd and crowning CC at Midland Counties. We are so thankful to her caring owners John, Heather & Candice who not only provide her with a super home but have battled tirelessly to over come her coat condition. Now she is 100% and back out - at the three shows over the last few weeks Essi has topped the Open class on each occasion. We are so appreciative of the judges who not only awarded Essi her CCs, Stella Clark, Jeff Horswell and Barrie Croft, but also all the many other judges who have appreciated our stock over the years. This is our 14th home bred Champion and we are very proud. Here is Essis ad, carefully crafted by LisaCE, with thanks as always to Kerry for securing a prominent slot within this weeks Our Dogs.
Now it is, subject to KC approval, Champion Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice (Int. Ch. Multi Ch. Diplomatics Val Kilmer x Ch. Selmalda Rock Ola Baby J.W.). Our 14th home bred Champion. Lesley & I are over the moon, many thanks to owners John, Heather & Candice who have worked so hard with Essi and have presented her perfectly. POTY Finalist 15, Puppy Group 1 Winner, RBPIS at The National and her 3rd show this year! Thank you to the judges especially Stella Clark, Jeff Horswell and Barrie Croft for her CCs. Delighted!
A super day for Lesley & I at Dane of the Year and some excellent results for the youngsters. Not the best of photos but a great reminder of the day. S. The Journey J.W. - 1st Limit Dog & RBD, pictured left, for co-owner Jacqui. S. Journey To The Line - 3rd Limit Dog for co-owner Candice. S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 1st Limit Bitch S. Journey To Melody At Samdice - 1st Open Bitch & RBB, pictured right, for owner John & Heather. Thanks to judges Anne Adamson & Elaine M Hyde for thinking so highly of our Danes.
A super day at Belfast DSS with a great outdoor ring, some good weather (and some showers). Not a bad day results wise for Lesley and I, a mini double, and lovely to catch up with some of our Irish friends too. S. The Journey J.W. - 1st Limit Dog & RCC for co-owner Jacqui. S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 1st Limit Bitch & RCC. Thanks to judge Christina Chapman and congratulations to the other winners.
Wonderful day at Darlington DSS. Whilst Lesley is away in Cyprus we were up at Ripon where judge Paul Harding had drawn a super entry. Naturally delighted with the results - S. The Journey J.W. - 1st Limit Dog for co-owner Jacqui. S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 1st Limit Bitch & BCC (her 2nd). Thank you for the compliments and support, well done to all the other winners and also for the continued donations for Pedigree Paws Unite as ZiZi completed her Lancaster Canal stretch.
I am overwhelmed by the amount of support that the Great Dane has received for this Pedigree Paws Unite 2016 walk. Many, many thanks to all those who have contributed so far. Here is Gavin, being interviewed by Marina, about the background to the walk, the breeds, the benefactors and of course the competitive spirit amongst the breeds. So can the Great Dane people rally round and continue to pledge as little or as much as they can afford to support ZiZi and I on the Lancaster Canal, Preston walk - we are ready, with just over a week to go, and we want to raise as much as we can. Do any of the Clubs wish to donate - Helen, Hilary, Catherine, David, Ken Toohey, Janis King, Sally, Marilyn, Tammy... Many thanks X http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=AdamChappell&pageUrl=2
Over to Stoneleigh for the City Of Birmingham. Thanks to judge Sue Pollock-Yule and the many comments and congratulations. Lesley & I are delighted with Ruger and his progress. S. The Journey J.W. - 1st Limit Dog & RCC for co-owner Jacqui. S. Journey To The Line - 4th Limit Dog for co-owner John, Heather & Candice. S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 4th Limit Bitch. Well done to the other winners.
Another great show day for the kids at WKC under Joan Toohey. S. The Journey J.W. - 2nd Limit Dog & RCC Jacqui Williams S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 1st Limit Bitch Well done to the other winners. Lesley & I are so proud of these kids, week in week out!
Lesley and I had to say goodbye to Ryder on August 18th following his diagnosis with bone cancer. This is the first time we have felt that we have been able to talk about this loss and needless to say we are devastated. Ryder gave us everything all of the time and we miss him dearly. A true gentleman, never a cross word and a character and temperament that made it an honour to have him within our life, if only for a very short time.
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