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.
Lesley & I are so proud of Ralf, Selmalda Im Yours J.W. WJW10, as he bowed out of the show ring last Sunday at The Great Dane Club Championship Show. Putting in a sterling performance, as he has done throughout his career, we wanted to say a big Thank You to his co-owners John, Heather & Candice with whom he lives with and who have conditioned and presented him so immaculately. Sired by the Norwegian Brindle, residing in Denmark, Highesteem Keep Em Talking and out of our own S. CMon Girl J.W. he won a number of top honours throughout his career including 1CC, 1RCC, 1CACIB, 1RCACIB & 1RCAC plus a huge World Junior Winner title that he collected in Denmark in 2010. In 2010 he was Top Points Premier League Male and last year was Top Fawn Male. He never let us down, loved his many road trips and looked the part on all occasions as per his photo below which was taken on Sunday. Thank you and enjoy your retirement Ralf X.
Lesley and I had a lovely, if not long, day today at Windsor where Jean Pratt officiated. Delighted with our Danes results who once again did us proud. S. The Journey J.W. - 1st Limit Dog for co-owner Jacqui. Ch. S. Koochie Ryder J.W. - 2nd Open Dog & RCC. S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 1st Limit Bitch. Enjoyed the sunshine and conversation ringside, well done to all other winners on the day.
Back home after a chilly, but successful day at Blackpool Championship Dog Show. Lesley & I are so proud of our Danes and their progress and thank the dedicated owners. S. The Journey J.W. - 2nd Limit Dog for Jacqui. S. Journey To The Line - 3rd Limit Dog for Candice, John & Heather. Ch. S. Koochie Ryder J.W. - 2nd Open Dog. S. ZiZis Journey J.W. - 1st Bitch & RCC (pictured with judge Janis King). A super day, thanks for all the kind comments and well done to the other winners on the day.
A super day at Malvern for Lesley & I with our Danes. Thank you to both the Breed judge, Simon Rudbach, Group judge Jeff Luscott for appreciating our dogs. Selmalda Journey To The Line - 1st Yearling Dog for John, Heather & Candice. Ch. Selmalda Koochie Ryder J.W. - 1st Open Dog, Dog CC, BOB and Working Group 4 (pictured). Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W. - 2nd Yearling Bitch. A lovely day, thanks for the applause and congratulations from ringside, good company and thanks to Olivia for the Cream Scone! Well done to the other winners on the day. We missed Jacqui who had to work!
A super day at Southern Counties CA under Dutch judge Ilona Onstenk-Schenk. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 1st Yearling Dog & DCC for co-owner Jacqui. (Pictured today with the judge). Selmalda Journey To The Line - 3rd Yearling Dog for co-owner John, Heather & Candice. Ch. Selmalda Koochie Ryder J.W. - 1st Open Dog & RDCC. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W. - 2nd Yearling Bitch. Sat ringside having a celebratory drink, well done all the other winners today.
Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W.. - 1st Yearling & RCC (pictured with Judge Paul Lawless.) Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 1st Yearling for owner Jacqui Williams. Selmalda Journey To The Line J.W.- 3rd Limit Dog for Candice, Heather & John. Ch. Selmalda Koochie Ryder J.W.- 4th Open Dog. A super sized ring, glorious weather and great company. Congratulations to the other winners on the day. Lesley & I have had a super day.
Lesley, Jacqui & I are absolutely delighted with Rugers development and progress and were super chuffed when he was awarded his 2nd RCC at The National last week. Here is judge Ann Ingrams critique; Yearling Dog - 1st Chappell & Williams Selmalda The Journey J.W., impressive masculine dog with the most wonderful bone and feet, combining substance and elegance. Well balanced head with lovely expression, long crested neck running into well laid shoulders, good depth of brisket, correct topline and tailset, strong hindquarters, very sound on the move keeping his nice topline, well handled to make the most of himself, it was a pleasure to award him the RCC.
Limited Show - Best In Show - Jacqui Williams Selmalda The Journey J.W. Thank you to judge Jan MacDonald for thinking so highly of Ruger.
At the Working & Pastoral Breeds Association of Wales Championship Show Maria Gkinala officiated. Here is her feedback on our Danes present. Graduate Dog - 2nd Chappell & Williams Selmalda The Journey J.W., 21 months b/m Fawn, beautiful breed type, well grown masculine male of quality and very pleasing in head and outline, beautiful forechest and ribcage, excellent foreleg, strong short loin, not quite the croup and hindquarters of 1, just lost out on enthusiasm on the move. Limit Bitch - 1st Chappells Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W., classic type, very attractive and feminine rich Fawn with beautiful outline, long and well chiselled head, beautiful shapely muzzle, very nice crested neck into excellent shoulder, good feet. Very well shaped ribcage and chest, correct upper arm, very good angulation behind, very nice side action, beautifully presented and handled superbly.
Congratulations Ralf on your Best Veteran In Show today at GDB&OA Ch. Lesley & I are so proud. I am sure Heather will be spoiling him when he gets home! Selmalda Im Yours J.W. WJW10.
We are over the moon with todays results at the M&WEGDC Colour Format Show. Fawn Brindle judge Audrey Sinclair awarded Ch. S. Koochie Ryder J.W. Best Fawn Dog and S. ZiZis Journey J.W. Best Fawn Bitch. BIS judge Richard Kinsey awarded ZiZi (pictured) BEST IN SHOW (122 exhibits) and Ryder BEST OPPOSITE SEX IN SHOW! What a day and thank you to both judges for thinking so highly of our Danes.
Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W. 1st Open, BOB & Working Group 2 at Lichfield CS. Lesley & I are made up, super proud and sincere thanks to judge Richard Kinsey.
Another BOB for Ch. Selmalda Koochie Ryder J.W. today at Manchester DSS. Many thanks to judge Bill Browne-Cole for this award, Lesley and I are delighted. Nothing in the Group this week but another super performance.
Here is Ryder on the move competing for BIS at Boston & DCS.
We are home from Boston & DCS where Ch. Selmalda Koochie Ryder J.W. was representing the Working Group following his success Thursday. As always he put in a top performance and we are justifiably proud despite not progressing further. Thanks to judge Jeff Luscott for his complimentary comments about him, Pam Blay for the breed and Christina Chapman for his Group 1. Our sincere appreciation to all for the messages, the posts and well wishes as well as those who came to cheer him on today - thank you.
We are delighted to learn that S. ZiZis Journey JW has concluded 2015 as the breeds Top Puppy In Breed. A short puppy career, due to her birth date, saw her amass 5 BPIB/S and 1CC counting towards her Top Puppy accolade. Despite finishing her Puppy career towards the end of June she was unable to be caught up. Great result as her Dam, Ola, and Grandparents Romeo and Kate were all Top Puppy In Breed winners.
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