Here is our advert as featured in both the Our Dogs and Dog World Annuals for 2015. Our thanks to Lisa Croft-Elliot for her sterling work not only in capturing the images but also bringing it all together in this masterpiece.
Ruger has achieved his JUNIOR WARRANT. Selmalda The Journey JW. Well done Jacqui and Ruger.
Over to Chepstow where Toni Pearce judged the males. He awarded 1st in Junior to Jacqui with Ruger and 2nd to Candice with Hammi. Hammi also won yearling. Ryder was 4th in Open. Mandy Thomson judged the bitches and awarded 1st in Junior to ZiZi and 2nd to sister Essi. Thanks to the person who spooked Essi in her yearling class and then would not settle, she was 5th. It was a wet, rainy day in Wales.
As breeders we were justifiably proud of the points accumulated over the past 12 months and the results of the evening. The Journey, coowned and campaigned with Jacqui, was Premier League Top Points Male who had qualified with his brother Journey To The Line who was second place points for co-owner Candice, John and Heather Dyson. Journey To Melody At Samdice achieved the highest points for owners John, Heather and Candice and was chosen as second place on the evening behind her sister ZiZis Journey JW who only went and topped the Premier League Bitch and then went OVERALL winner. In the Super League Koochie Ryder qualified in the males and Love Rescue Me claimed second spot in the bitch league. So with Im Yours JW WJW10 claiming top Fawn we couldnt have been prouder to be awarded with the Top Breeder award later that evening. Thank you to all the judges who made this evening possible and Gavin Robertson who officiated on the night.
Lesley and I are delighted to have qualified litter sisters for the Eukanuba Dog World Pup of the Year finals. Selmalda ZiZis Journey JW qualified at WELKS beating nearly 300 puppies from judge Dagmar Pordham and Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice, for owners John, Heather & Candice, qualified at The National under Stella Clark, again beating nearly 300 puppies. Today at the Final, with Jean Lanning judging, the two girls put in a sterling performance and from 22 finalists ZiZi made the first cut to the final 12. What an amazing day, amongst the elite of the countries puppies, we are so, so proud and thank everyone for their kind comments and support.
WOW. Selmalda ZiZis Journey has just received confirmation of her Junior Warrant from The Kennel Club. So proud.
At DOTY Tony Rewston judged the males and awarded S. The Journey 1st in Junior Dog and eventually shortlisted down to the final four for BEST DOG. Great work Jacqui. S. Journey To The Line was 4th in Junior Dog with Candice. Judy Greig judged the bitches and S. ZiZis Journey won a super Junior class and thus secured sufficient points for her JUNIOR WARRANT. John with Peach, Ch. S. Love Rescue Me was 2nd in Special Open Brindle.
Arriving directly from our success in Belgium it was over to Peterborough for the Club Show. Ann Foxwell judged the males and she awarded Koochie Ryder 1st in Open Dog and eventually the CC. Liz Cartledge judged the bitches, ZiZi won her Junior class and confirmed her Junior Warrant, Essi was second to her, Peach won her Special Open Brindle Class and concluded a great day at the office.
What a weekend, what a haul. Over to Belgium for the EuDDC 2015. Fawn Judge Milena Franzetti. S. The Journey - 2nd Junior Ex. Jacqui Williams Ch. S. Koochie Ryder J.W. - 1st Champion, RCAC, Ex. S. ZiZis Journey - 1st Junior Ex, Best Junior Female EuDDC 2015 Princess BDDC CBDA S. The Kiss J.W. - 1st Open Ex Lesley and I were delighted with all the super comments about our Danes, we had a whirlwind of a weekend with Jacqui and dogs and some great laughs along the way. Thank you. Pictured is the Princesses huge trophies and Koochie Ryders CC from EEGDC the following day! Home and relax!
Lesley and I are so proud and delighted with the fab four from Int. Multi Ch. Diplomatics Val Kilmer x Ch. S. Rock Ola Baby litter. We couldnt ask more of them and over the moon, when today, Jean Lanning awarded S. The Journey 1st in Junior & the RDCC,. Like us I think Jean is rather taken with Ruger (picture taken today). His litter brother, S. Journey To The Line, has won numerous 1sts & RBDs. Both sisters, S. Journey To Melody At Samdice & S. ZiZis Journey are POTY Final Qualifiers, both have won RBPIS at 4 Day All Breed Championship Shows, Essi has 2CCs and ZiZi has 1CC & 1RCC and is, to date, the breeds Top Puppy. We extend our thanks and appreciation to Teija and our super friends and owners John, Heather, Candice and Jacqui.
Sara Pepper officiated at Leeds and our Danes were awarded the following S. Journey To The Line 2nd Junior Dog S. The Journey 3rd Junior Dog Ch. S. Koochie Ryder JW 2nd Open Dog and RCC S. ZiZis Journey 2nd Junior Bitch S. Journey To Melody At Samdice 3rd Junior Bitch
Its confirmed, our 13th UK Champion, our first Brindle. Congratulations John, Lesley & I are super proud of Peach.
Ryders official Working Group 1 photographs arrived today following his success at National Working Pastoral Breeds Society. Lesley and I are delighted with the capture and of the content of judge Jeff Luscotts critique 1 The winner of the Working Group was the stunning, strong and powerful, very muscular lad Chappells Ch. Selmalda Koochie Ryder JW Great Dane Dog. He is typical, noble and alert, with the look of dash and dare, he says Great Dane with a lovely balance of outline and he flows through his balanced head and strength of jaw, he has a strong well arched neck, good muscled topline and loin, hes well filled in chest, rib and body, he enjoyed himself as he moved around the ring on a loose lead with the reach, and drive from his excellent rear quarters, he is handled with style and made for an impressive picture to win the Group.
Selmalda ZiZis Journey wins Junior and goes BIS. Selmalda The Journey wins Junior and takes RBIS. Whoopee.
What an incredible day today at NWPBS. Star of the day was Ryder who won his 8th CC & BOB under breed judge Audrey Farquhar, pictured, and then went on to win WORKING GROUP 1 under Jeff Luscott. An unforgettable day and thank you to both judges and our super friends who stayed with Lesley & I to support us - really appreciated. S. The Journey - 1st Junior Dog. S. Journey To The Line - 2nd Junior Dog. Ch. S. Koochie Ryder J.W. - 1st Open, DCC, BOB, Working Group 1 & RBIS. S. Journey To Melody At Samdice - 2nd Junior Bitch. S. ZiZis Journey - 3rd Junior Bitch. S. Angel Of Harlem J.W. - 2nd Limit Bitch. Ch. S. Love Rescue Me - 2nd Open Bitch. S. The Kiss J.W. - 3rd Open Bitch. A super, super day with John, Mabel, Heather, Candice & John, Jacqui celebrating Peaches crown!
We didnt make it to Windsor albeit John, Heather & Candice were down there with both Hamilton and Essi. Pictured, not the best quality, is a very pleased John with judge Barrie Croft who topped a super Petplan Junior Stakes Class and came away £100 better off. Barries critique 51, Oh what a class, quality stock not even shortlisted. 1. Dysons Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice, Fawn Dane Bitch who really appealed to me, pleasing head, lovely neck, shapely and so well balanced, shouts quality and breed type and that free easy strong movement was always going to impress me. At 12 months already on two CCs I am told, her title is a certainty. In the breed classes Ric Beall judged and he awarded Selmalda Journey To The Line 1st Junior Dog. Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice 1st Junior Bitch. Lesley and I extend our congratulations to these two super winners.
Up to Blackpool where breed judge, and leading all rounder, Jeff Horswell officiated. Not a great deal with the two Junior boys, but Olly won his Post Graduate class for owners Ronnie Lawton and Jim Sneddon. Essi and ZiZi were first and second in Junior and we were delighted when Jeff awarded the CC to John with Essi, an amazing achievement.
Where does the time go? A Happy 1st Birthday to the Higgins x Ola kids ZiZi, Essi, Ruger and Hamilton. It has been an amazing year and we look forward to many more. Here they all are pictured in Italy at the World Dog Show a couple of weeks ago.
Lesley and I are absolutely delighted with the news coming down from Border Union. Selmalda Love Rescue Me is awarded her 3rd CC and BOB and, subject to KC confirmation, will become our 13th UK Champion, our first Brindle champion. So, so pleased for owner John who has campaigned her all the way and presented her in tip top condition. Congratulations also to Jacqui and Ruger (S. The Journey) who won BPD on the day. Looking forward to catching up with you all for the celebrations.
Home. What an adventure to the World Dog Show in Milan. Lesley and I had a wonderful week away, over 2300 miles round trip, with like minded friends and of course our Danes. To compete at the WDS is an unbelievable experience and the atmosphere and excitement surrounding the Champions Class was the most emotional, exhilarating and memorable experience I have had in over thirty years of exhibiting Great Danes. It is always a pleasure to meet up with and talk Danes with our friends and fellow breeders from around the World and thank you for all your support throughout our visit. Club Show WDS Thursday 11th Judge Amelia Murante. Selmalda Results The Journey Junior Class 2nd EXC (beaten only by BOB) Jacqui Williams Koochie Ryder JW Champions Class 2nd EXC ZiZis Journey Junior Class 1st EXC Journey To Melody At Samdice Junior Class 2nd EXC Heather & John Dyson The Kiss JW Open Class 2nd EXC Angel Of Harlem JW Open Class 2nd EXC Unfortunately Journey To The Line had taken a knock and was not exhibited on the day. World Dog Show Friday 12th Judge Peter Van Montfoort Dogs. Selmalda Results The Journey Junior Class 2nd EXC Jacqui Williams Journey To The Line Junior Class 4th EXC Candice Dyson Koochie Ryder JW Champions Class 2nd EXC World Dog Show Friday 12th Judge Giovanni Staderini Bitches. Selmalda Results Journey To Melody At Samdice Junior Class 3rd EXC Heather & John Dyson ZiZis Journey Junior Class 4th EXC The Kiss JW Open Class 3rd EXC Angel Of Harlem JW Open Class 1st EXC & RCAC So proud that all our Danes were placed on both days and ALL graded EXCELLENT.
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