Bernese News 10th February 2016


Early start for Bernese judging at Crufts
It has been announced that the judging of Bernese will begin at 8.30am in Ring 30, Hall 5
at the NEC for Crufts on Saturday 12th March 2016.


The BMD Club of Scotland Open Show took place on Sunday at the usual venue, Cochrane
Hall, Alva.  There were 33 exhibits giving 41 entries with 17 absentees plus 3 entered Not For
Competition for breed specialist judge John Cook (Bernroam).
Thank you to Agnes Wilson for sending me a marked catalogue - very much appreciated.

Best Dog and Best in Show went to Jack Hastings' Bernemcourt Liv'n On A Prayer, with
Marian Scott's Welshbern One Vision At Scobern ShCM taking Reserve Best Dog and also
Reserve Best in Show. 

Best Bitch was awarded to Esther-Ann McCormick's Monalou Artic Queen and Susan King's
Elnside The Grandmaster won Best Puppy.  Congratulations.

Full class results can be found on the Club website at


The February 2016 issue of the Kennel Club Journal is to hand and contains a few items
specific interest to Bernese folk. 

Confirmed judging appointments

2016 Bournemouth - Gaye Strassen (St Fillans)
2017 Birmingham (National) - Stuart Mallard
2017 BMD Club of Scotland (Bitch classes) - Sarah Peacocke (Husheen)
2017 LKA - Jeff Luscott


Marian Scott emailed;

"Schedules are now available for the Northern BMD Club Championship Show which will be
held on 9th April 2016t at Thirsk Auction Mart and are available from me or can be downloaded
from Cavalier Impressions."

Schedule is here;

Entry form is here;


Pam Aze 20th February 1933 - 27th January 2016

Pam Aze was an easily recognisable and popular figure to be found in and around the Bernese
ringside for 35 years.

A teacher by profession, Pam had never owned a dog and after careful deliberation decided
that a Bernese Mountain Dog was the dog for her and her companion Margaret Randon. Pam
certainly chose wisely which set her off on a unique, meteoric journey that none of us, least of all
her, could have foreseen nor dare dream of. 

Pam's first dog and first Bernese was 'Paddy' ~ Forgeman Footpad born on 25th April 1980.
Royally bred by Don and Brenda Griffiths who lived just 35 miles from Pam, Paddy's sire was
the Swiss import Mustang v Nesselacker of Glanzberg and his dam was Ch Folkdance At
Forgeman (10 CCs + 6 Res CCs).  She was the daughter of two Champions and was the 
youngest Bernese Champion to be made up at that time and had also made breed history by
winning Best of Breed under Lionel Hamilton-Renwick at Crufts 1980 which was held at Earls
Court in London and then taking the Working Group (a first ever UK Group win for a Bernese)
under Fred Curnow.

Brenda Griffiths recalled that Paddy was 6 months and one day old when entered at his first
show, the Redditch & District Limited Show held at Cookhill Village Hall.  Not knowing anything
about showing Pam had entered Paddy in every class from Minor Puppy to Open Dog excluding
only Pastoral.  Paddy won every class!  During the afternoon break the judge asked Pam how
many more classes she had entered as people were beginning to think that she and the judge
might be related: Pam returned home with nine first prize rosettes, cups for Best Puppy, Best
Junior, Best Dog in Show and the Wilson Challenge Trophy for Best in Show - quite some haul
for a novice exhibitor and novice pup at their first attempt at showing.   It is no surprise Pam
became addicted.  

Soon Pam and Margaret added Duntiblae Dark Target and Immensee Crackerjack to their 'family',
and thereafter a group of two, three or four Bernese males would always reside at Hints Croft.  


Pam and Paddy winning his 7th CC & Best of Breed at the BMD Club of Great Britain
Championship Show 1983.  The judge was Percy Whitaker.

Pam was a competent handler and keen competitor and adopted her 'trademark' showing
outfit of black and white chequered waistcoat, tan trousers and white blouse to mirror and
complement the colours of her beloved breed and she was easily recognisable in her lucky
outfit - and lucky it was. Pam and Margaret became fixtures at shows and events and Pam
insisted on good manners in her dogs and most of them qualified as Pat Dogs as well as being
successful show dogs who won awards and accolades at all levels.

Ch Forgeman Footpad JW became a Champion at a little over 18 months old and his success
and his success continued, becoming the breed record holder accumulating a a total of 30 CCs
and 19 Reserve CCs; his final CC was won aged 10 years from Lionel Hamilton-Renwick who
had also previously awarded him CCs when aged 4 years and 7 years old.  Very few veteran
Bernese are awarded CCs and Pam was very proud of that.  

Pam also made up Ch Buganeezee Lochhope JW in 2002.  

Pam and Margaret were fixtures at shows and events where they were both so well liked and 
respected until sadly Margaret passed away in 2007

Pam didn't enjoy the best of health since then but her determination ensured she continued to
attend shows on her own with some aid from willing helpers who handled or ran her dogs for her
when needed. 

Pam was able to be in the ring and handle 'Joe', Fortonpark It's My Boy At Kernow ShCM at the
BMD Club of Great Britain Championship Show in September 2015.  She took great pleasure
from this and her happiness can be seen in this photo taken at ringside on that day.

Photo courtesy Helen Davenport-Willis

Pam loved to photograph her dogs and they always featured on the hand-crafted Christmas
cards which we all enjoyed receiving.  A well loved and respected figure, Pam will be missed
by the Bernese fraternity but she and her dogs have left their mark on UK Bernese history and
through the many friendships she made.  Sincere condolences to Pam's family and friends.

The funeral for Pam Aze will take place at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium, Tamworth Road,
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B75 6LG on Thursday 18th February 2016 at 12.30pm.

It is requested that no cards or flowers be sent and it was Pam's wish that those who attend
will refrain from wearing black.  Donations in memory of Pam may be made to the Central
Bernese Mountain Dog Club and sent directly to club secretary Mike Sargent at Kiln Cottage,
Dunton Road, Stewkley, near Leighton Buzzard, Beds LU7 0LU.

After the funeral there will be a reception at the Bulls Head, Birmingham Road, Shenstone, 
Lichfield WS14 0JR.  Would thos eplanning to attend please let Mike Sargebt know, preferably
preferably via email so that catering can be arranged. 

Jude Simonds


Mike Sargent emailed;

"Pam Aze.

"Over the years at so many shows the first thing you would see as you approached the Bernese
area would be Pam setting up her spot by the ring. She was nearly always first there and often
last to leave since she also entered for stakes classes. Beside her, until she passed away, would
be Margaret Randon her ever-present supporter and co-owner. There were times however when
Margaret would quietly say “I do hope we don't win so that we can soon get out of this freezing

"Pam was always a distinctive figure in her show “uniform” of brown trousers, white shirt and
black and white checked waistcoat. It was tricolour, just like her Bernese. As with her, the dogs 
were always well turned out, coats shining and beautifully groomed.  her boys were well-mannered
and Pam brooked no naughtiness from them. Perhaps this was a reflection of her experiences as  
a teacher in the classroom where she clearly knew the value of discipline!

"Pam had something of a fairy tale introduction to Bernese. In May 1980 she got her first puppy
from Don and Brenda Griffiths, Paddy. His Kennel Club name was Forgeman Footpad.  She
started to show him and it was immediately clear that he was something rather special. Within
18 months he had won his first Challenge Certificate and quickly got made up to Champion. He
went on to gain the Breed Record with no less than 30 CCs and 19 Reserve CCs.  He was still
winning at the age of 10.

"Pam had other successes over her long career making up another Champion, Homer
(Buganeezee Lochhope). Her other dogs, through the years, achieved many awards as could
be seen by the large array of rosettes and trophies at her home. Although there was no mistaking
Pam’s competitive spirit she was, above all else generous. She was always ready to help out a 
fellow exhibitor and encourage those new to the show game. She was also a strong supporter
of the various breed clubs, donating prizes and attending meetings.  

"Even when illness slowed her down and she didn't feel able to take her dogs into the ring
herself she had friends who would happily show for her. This is a measure of her determination
and her devotion to the sport. Her dogs were in many ways her life.  The Bernese world will be
the poorer without her."



Minor Puppy Dog  (9 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Westlake's Apriori Uill Smith For Jesterbrock (Imp). 6 1/2 months, lovely type puppy. Good
head and expression, plenty of bone.  Well constructed and balanced.
2nd Davenport-Willis' Apriori Usain Bolt Among Nellsbern (Imp). Litter brother to winner.  Would
just like to see a little more of him at this age. Very sound, just needs to develop.
3rd Barsby & Bonham's Halesbern Naughty But Nice. 

Puppy Dog  (7, 1)
1st Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Meadowpark Perfect Record.
10 months, quality puppy.
Masculine head, good expression. Well proportioned with good angles. Moved well.
2nd Phillips' Monalou Norwegian Star. 10 months, another promising puppy. Very balanced, just
a little high in rear at present. Moved well.
3rd Westlake's Apriori Uill Smith For Jesterbrock (Imp). 

Junior Dog  (6, 1)
1st Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Meadowpark High Class.
Just over 12 months. Super
dog with excellent head and expression. Correct construction all through, good length of body.
In hard muscular condition. Shown in full coat. Extremely sound on the move.  Dog CC and Best
of Breed. I am sure this dog will soon gain his title.
2nd Bridges' Kernow Something. 17 months. Good head and expression. Lovely outline,
balanced, sound on the move. Shown in good order.
3rd Law's Ecalpharas Gold. 

Post Graduate Dog  (9, 2)
1st Hastings' Bernemcourt Liv'n On Prayer.
2 years, shown in wonderful condition. Strong head. 
Very balanced, sound in movement.
2nd Page's Tulipanos Berni Mr McEnroe (Imp Hun). 2 years, another shown in good order and
condition. Just preferred the overall balance and soundness of winner.
3rd Miles' Orlando Bloom At Jaybiem JW. 

Limit Dog   (7)
1st Round's Collansues Black Magic.
Good type, 4 years. Masculine dog, good head. Extremely
balanced on the move, correct body construction.  Top size.
2nd Gopal's Collansues Secret Bridges. 2 years. Not quite the balance of winner, just lacking
3rd Scott's Welshbern One Vision At Scobern ShCM. 

Open Dog  (5)
1st Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW.
2 1/2 years. Quality dog, lovely
head and expression. Well constructed. I would just like to see a little less length in body. Shown in
super order, good on the move. Reserve Dog CC.
2nd Griffiths, Orme & Miles' Jaybiem Y'euben Chozen JW.  3 1/2 years. Another quality dog 
shown in the same super order as winner, just lost out on the move.
3rd Bridges' Ch Kernow Rock Star. 

Veteran Dog  (2)
1st Miles' Ch Jaybiem Utwo JW ShCM.
  7 3/4 years. Lovely type dog in good coat and order.
Extremely sound on the move. Best Veteran.
2nd Fairclough's Ch Monalou What's It All About ShCM. 8 years. Another of super type. Not
quite the coat of winner. Movement sound. 

Minor Puppy Bitch  (8, 3)
1st Vaychkus' Blue Aira Bernenskie Ranczo (Imp).
7 months. Feminine head and expression.                     Very balanced with good construction. Excellent coat and condition. Movement correct.
2nd Sharp's Monalou Maggie May. 6 months. Of lovely type, just needs to settle so that movement 
can be properly assessed.
3rd Jones' Lujento Gloria Swan Song. 

Puppy Bitch  (2)
1st Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Meadowpark Picture Perfect.
10 months. Stunning puppy.
Lovely head and expression with a correct outline. Very balanced and correct. Shown in superb
coat and order. Moved effortlessly around the ring. Best Puppy.
2nd McCormick's Monalou Star Princess. 10 months. Very feminine. Well constructed and
sound.  Not as mature and settled a winner. 

Junior Bitch  (4)
1st Bird's Kernow Let It Be At Cullumbern.
17 months. In super order. Well constructed all
through, of good type. Lovely side movement. Sound throughout.
2nd Baldwin's Fortonpark Designer Record. 14 months. Another quality youngster. Good type.
Sound Not quite the side movement of winner.
3rd King's Ecalpharas Moonshine Over Leapingwell. 

Post Graduate Bitch  (16, 4)
1st Coombes' Halesbern Calendar Girl.
24 months. A lovely bitch. Well constructed, extremely
sound. Shown in excellent coat and order. Lovely head, would just prefer a slightly tighter eye.
2nd Shopland-Reed's Fleur De Neboa De Meigas (Imp). 2 1/2 years.  Another typey bitch. 
Although sound, not quite the movement of winner.
3rd Hundley's Bernfawr Imagination At Calizley. 

Limit Bitch  (9, 1)
1st Davenport-Willis & Kozameljs' Rainbow Alpiu Slenis (Imp)
. 4 years. Of excellent type. Super
head and expression. Correct construction throughout. Very balanced, sound. Shown in immaculate
order. Bitch CC.
2nd Griffiths, Slade & Orme's Jaybiem Vou Doo At Potterspride JW. 5 years. Lovely bitch. Well
constructed and sound.  Not quite as good in head as winner.
3rd McCormick's Monalou Arctic Queen. 

Open Bitch  (8, 4)
1st Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Ch Meadowpark Breezing On.
2 years.  Super bitch of type
and quality. Good head and expression, beautifully balanced. Well constructed. Reserve Bitch CC.
2nd  Atherton's Athersbern Peronelle Blush. 3 years.  of lovely type.  Correct angulation all
through. Not quite the movement of winner although sound.
3rd Green's Waldershelf All About Edna. 

Veteran Bitch  (2, 1)
1st Harris' Vellbern Geisha Girl.
9 years. Shown in immaculate condition, lovely coat. Well muscled
throughout, moved like a youngster.
Judge - Meg Purnell-Carpenter 

Jude Simonds


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