Bernese News 6th July 2017


The BMD Club of Ireland held their 37th Championship Show on 18th June 2017 at the
National Show Centre, Cloghran, Swords, Co Dublin. The judge was breed specialist Bernie 
Ladd and she had 41 entries to go over.   Congratulations to the winners.

Results and photos of the winners can be viewed on the Club website here;


At a hot and sunny Windsor Championship Show
held last Sunday it was both shocking and
sad to hear that despite all warnings about the heat the show management still had to make
numerous announcements over the tannoy due to concerns about dogs left in cars. 
What on earth are some of those dog owners thinking of?

All-rounder Dr Ron James had attracted 81 Bernese entries with 19 absentees across 16 classes.

In Dogs it was a repeat of the CC and Reserve CC awards at Blackpool the previous week. Carole
Hartley-Mair and Gary Dybdall's homebred 2 1/2 year old Ch Meadowpark High Class 
(X M Northern Blend) collected his 21st CC.

Both Reserve CCs were won by 'Milo's' his half-siblings, both owned by Julie Baldwin (all three
are sired by Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW), namely 
Meadowpark First Class For Fortonpark who is rising 2 years old (x Meadowpark One Lover) and
the Reserve Bitch CC awarded to Julie's homebred Fortonpark Chasing Dreams, a 2 1/2 year old
(x Ch Meadowpark Living My Dream At Fortonpark).

The Bitch CC, her second, went to another Meadowpark, Faye Stannard's Meadowpark Beach
Blend At Tangyachates.  4 1/2 years old, she is sired by Ch Tangyachates Beachcomber x 
Meadowpark Royal Blend who is a litter sister to the dam of the Best of Breed winner. What a very
successful combination these bloodlines are producing with show-ring awards and accolades
coming thick and fast for these long established and collaborating kennels. 

Best Puppy was awarded to Shandy Bridges' homebred Kernow Troubadour who is a 10 month
old sired by Shandy's own American import DeerparkTraveling Man V Kernow x Kernow Moonsong.  

Bernese certainly left a very positive impression which extended far beyond the breed ring judging
at this show.  Shandy's pup Kernow Troubadour later won the Working Puppy Group under all-
rounder Jenny Dove. Elsewhere at the show Joanne and Trevor Sutton's homebred Ch Bernsteph
Dior Remember Me JW ShCM won the Windsor Open Charity Stakes which had 18 entries and
£50 in prize money and was judged by all-rounder Frances Krall.  As the show began to reach it's
finale, 'Milo' aka Ch Meadowpark High Class went on to take the Working Group under all-rounder
judge Ann Ingram from Ireland and then he was awarded Reserve Best in Show by the same judge.
Congratulations.  The Best in Show judge's critique follows.

Photo courtesy Gary Dybdall




I shortlisted the Tibetan Mastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux, Giant Schnauzer and the Bouvier
1st Hartley-Mair & Dyball’s Ch Meadowpark High Class. Bernese Mountain Dog. What a close
decision this was! He came into the ring and demanded attention and on closer inspection I found
a dog with a lovely head and expression, super front, well sprung ribs and strong hiondquarters
with correct tail set and carriage. This dog powered around the ring demanding attention and he
is so sound coming and going, I could not deny him the number one spot.


Firstly I must thank the committee of Windsor Show for giving me this huge privilege of judging all
the Groups and Best in Show. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.  I guess this is as good as
it gets for judging experiences! You run a fabulous show and the welcome and hospitality you gave 
me was fantastic. Thank you so very very much.

Sometimes when you are the Best in Show judge you see your favourites knocked out in the Group
so you are left with some winners which you might not necessarily have been the best choice for
you! To be given that honour to choose your own Best in Show line-up has to be one of the most
special opportunities for any judge! Of course, it is also a huge responsibility to get it right; the buck 
most definitely stops with me! I was delighted with my line-up but then again, why wouldn't I be? I
had chosen them all!

I went into the Best Show Competition with truly no set ideas of who would be the winner and it really
did depend on the individual performances on the day!

I am happy to say that everyone of the 7 Group winners returned on the final day to look their best
and everyone of them performed their best! I was very proud of each and every one of them - not
one let me down!  In the end I thought two dogs outshone the others in their overall performance;
the Akita and the Bernese Mountain Dog. Both were in immaculate condition, both did everything
right, so how to choose? No easy decision!  In the end the Akita beguiled me with her gorgeous
expression and her lovely outline. She was fabulous in her attitude and a truly great representative
of her breed but the Bernese Mountain Dog is a wonderful example of his breed too and I have 
seldom seen in this breed. Such wonderful type combined with such sound movement.
Judge - Miss Ann Ingram

Jude Simonds

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