Bernese News 25th April 2018

On the warmest weekend of this year so far the exhibitors and spectators at the Working and Pastoral Breeds of Wales Championship Show witnessed a scorching performance from Meadowpark Bernese who proved to be the "hottest" exhibits in the entire show when sire and daughter Ch Meadowpark High Class and Meadowpark Touch of Class made history by winning the Working Group and Puppy Working Group respectively and then both were triumphant over their opposition from the Pastoral groups by winning the ultimate Best in Show and Best Puppy in Show awards.

Photo courtesy Gary Dybdall
I don't recall any other owned and homebred sire and daughter doing the double by winning Best in Show and Best Puppy in show at any other general or group Championship show although Milo has also previously won Best in Show at Working and Pastoral Breeds of Wales 2016, Best in Show at Three Counties 2017 and Best in Show at Driffield 2017.

All-rounder judge Paul Lawless was awarding CCs to Bernese for the first time and had attracted 52 entries with 6 absentees across 13 classes.

Carole Hartley-Mair & Gary Dybdall's Ch Meadowpark High Class was awarded his 36h CC plus Best of Breed and he then went on to take Working Group 1 under Colin Reed who was clearly impressed with Milo awarding him the ultimate accolade of Best in Show. Three years old, Milo is a son of Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW x Meadowpark Northern Blend.

The Reserve Dog CC went to his half-brother Meadowpark First Class For Fortonpark (Ch M Vertigo JW x Meadowpark One Lover) who is a 2 1/2 year old owned by Julie Baldwin and was bred by Carole and her mother Bernice.

Julie Baldwin's homebred Fortonpark Chasing Dreams won her 2nd CC. Another sired by Vertigo x Ch Meadowpark Living My Dream At Fortonpark, she is 2 years old.

The Reserve Bitch ticket went to Carole's 3 1/2 year old Meadowpark Special Blend who is sired by Julie Baldwin's Swedish import Ch Tjofselinas Z Diamuz At Fortonpark x Meadowpark Royal Blend, and Carole also took home the Best Puppy in Breed award and then Puppy Group 1 and Best Puppy in Show with her homebred 8 month old Meadowpark Touch Of Class who is sired by Milo x Ch Meadowpark Breezing On.

Gary Griffiths, Mandy Orme and Violet Slade's Ch Jatbiem Voo Dou At Potterspride JW won Best Veteran. 7 1/2 years old she was bred by June Miles and is out of Jaybiem Commen Tally Vous and sired by Ch Jaybiem Utwo JW ShCM who is of course the notable sire of Ch Meadowpark Vertigo and grandsire of Ch Meadowpark High Class. Huge congratulations to the Meadowpark team on their wonderful achievements at this show, and congratulations are extended to all the winners.


Coral Denis' love for dogs in general and Bernese Mountain Dogs in particular was obvious and her compassion is enduring. It was Coral's wish that anyone who might like to make a donation in her memory should direct it to Bernese Welfare UK or to British Columbia Bernese in Need. I can now announce that Bernese Welfare UK has received some individual memorial donations from Coral's friends plus a donation from the Southern Bernese Mountain Dog Club totalling £1355.32. Coral would have been delighted that needy Bernese will benefit from the generosity of her friends. Thank you to everyone who donated.


"Dear Members,
As you'll know the great Bernese jamboree that is the Spring Garden Party is scheduled for this coming Sunday, April 29th. With a very heavy heart and a great deal of sadness we are sorry to announce that we have to cancel this event.  An inspection of the ground this morning (Wednesday) has forced this decision which has been a very difficult one to accept but we know it is the right thing to do. The ground was drying out nicely in recent days but has now had 24 hours of heavy rain and, although the decision has ironically been taken in bright sunshine this is forecast to be shortlived and more heavy rain is expected for the end of the week and week-end, including Sunday.

"We understand this decision will disappoint many of our members and it is frustrating for us too because preparation for this event has been going on basically since the last Garden Party. However, we have to consider all of our responsibilities and the safety of our visitors as well as the practical issues and we are absolutely certain this is the correct decision to make however much we didn't want to have to make it.
It is too soon to be sure but it is unlikely we will be able to reschedule the event into the crowded Bernese calendar and it is also too soon to confirm alternative arrangements for the photo competition and monies already paid for camping and Party food but it is most likely that we will offer to carry things over to the next Garden Party in September or offer refunds.

"Please pass this message on to anyone you think might need to know or share it on any Facebook or other media groups that might be relevant. It is better for people to be told several times than not at all and waste time and money travelling.
Thank you for your understanding and sorry again for the disappointment.
The Committee."

Jude Simonds



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