Bernese News 2nd March 2018




Homer ~ Ch Collansues Snow Patrol
7th March 2010 ~ 1st March 2018

Nicky Cotton emailed sad news;

"Well yesterday was the hardest day of my life saying goodbye to Homer, Ch Collansues Snow Patrol. This boy gave so much love and happiness he always made people smile and bred beautiful children. I feel numb and so heartbroken. Going to miss you carrying your teddies .RIP at rainbow bridge. Love you darling. Thank you to everyone for their kind words and support."



The March 2018 issue of the Kennel Club Journal is now to hand and it includes a few items of interest relevant to Bernese folk.


2018 SKC (May) Alan Rawson (Alyngarn)
2019 Bournemouth Anne Wells (Bernfold)
2020 South Wales Alan Rawson(Alyngarn)


Joseph Vom Durrbachler Wald At Arvella (Imp)
Sire: Ned Ch Georgeous McGregor Vom Rummelsbach
Dam: Emarli Vom Durrbachler Wald
OWNERS: Mrs Jackie Green & Mrs Rebecca & Mr Ben King.

At it's meeting held on 6 December 2017 the Show Executive Committee made the following disqualifications:
Ms JB MIles - Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain Championship Show - 27 September 2017.
Jaybiem My My My - 1st Special Junior Bitch.
Jaybiem Stan Innovation - 1st Special Junior Dog
(Breach of regulation F(1)9.k).

For clarification I've copied the KC Regulation F(1)9.k which states;
"If an exhibitor reports before the judging of a class or classes that a dog has been entered which is ineligible, the exhibitor may choose one of the following options:-
(1) Withdrawal - The dog may be withdrawn from competition subject to conditions of Regulations F(1)9.(j) and 20.
(2) Transfer - (a) if a dog is ineligible for a class or classes as regards it's breed, colour, sex, weight or height the Show Secretary shall transfer it to the equivalent class or classes for the correct breed, colour, sex, weight or height or, in the event of there being no equivalent class, Minor Puppy and Puppy excepted to the Open Class for the correct breed, colour, sex weight or height.
(b) If an exhibit is entered incorrectly in a Minor Puppy Class, Puppy Class or Junior Class, which is over age but under 12 months of age, 18 months of age or 24 months of age respectively the Show Secretary shall transfer the exhibit to the Puppy Class, Junior Class or Yearling Class respectively for the correct breed, colour, sex, weight or or height and in the event of there being no Puppy, Junior or Yearling Class to the Open Class for the correct breed, colour, sex, weight or height.
(c) For any reason other than the above, the Show Secretary shall transfer it to the open Class for the correct breed, colour, sex, weight or height.
(d) If an exhibit arrives late and misses a class, even if it is the only class in which the dog is entered, the dog may not be transferred to any other class."




Above - Main winners. Photo Courtesy Donna Whincup.

The BMD Club of Scotland Open Show
was held at the usual venue, Cochrane Hall, Alva on Sunday.  There has been an online petition asking for support as the future of that venue is threatened. The appeal stated: " Clackmannanshire Council has put forward a proposal to stop the funding of the Cochrane Hall in Alva, which if agreed by Councillors could see the building close as early as September. This is a hall that is at the very heart of the community and is well used by every age group and has been a strong part of the identity of the area for generations. Removing funding would have a negative impact on the local community who would lose a prominent, vital asset. We believe that this is the wrong decision and call upon every Councillor in Clackmannanshire to vote against any budget that includes the removal of funding of the Cochrane Hall in Alva." From the photographs I have seen of events held at this hall it appears to be modern, clean, light, bright and airy and a good size with ample parking all set in a lovely location - no wonder various breed clubs hold their shows there and it would be a great shame to lose another show venue so I hope the petition helps retain the use of the hall for the foreseeable future.

The judge for this show was breed specialist Julie Ann Wright (Roesilbern) and thanks to Club Secretary Agnes Wilson for sending me a marked catalogue I see that there were 48 entries with 17 absentees.


Above - Best in Show winner. Photo courtesy Don Whincup

Best Dog and Best in Show was awarded to Susan King's Elnside The Grandmaster ShCM. 2 3/4 years old he is a son of Ch Jaybiem Utwo JW ShCM x Elnside Pretty Persuasion and was bred by Helen McAulay.
Kim Addison's 7 year old Torralbaz Lord Of The Manor bred by Anne Gerrard won Best Veteran Dog (Ch Monalou Dutch Courage x Torralbaz Designer Diamond) and her Monalou Bollinger was Reserve Best Dog. Rising 2 years old he was bred by Michele Gurney and sired by Monalou My Name Is Bond x Monalou To Russia With Love. Michele also bred the Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy in Show, Ruth and Gerry Dickson's Monalou Raffael At Geruth who is sired by Ch Jean Valjean Della Torre Gentile x Ch Monalou Fanny Craddock.


Above - Best Puppy in Show winner. Photo courtesy Donna Whincup.


Above - Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show winner. Photo courtesy Donna Whincup.

Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show went to Kirsty Davidson's 4 year old Meadowpark Pure Breeze. Bred by the late Bernice Mair and Carole Hartley-Mair, she is a daughter of Ch Tjofselinas Z Diamuz At Fortonpark (Imp Swe) x Ch Meadowpark Whispers Breeze.


Above - Best Veteran in Show winner. Photo courtesy Donna Whincup.

The Reserve Best Bitch, Best Veteran Bitch and Best Veteran in Show was won by Esther-Anne McCormick's 7 year old Monalou Artic Queen (Ch Bernerdalens Uno Amigo Bueno x Ch Monalou Little Miss Swiss) and Best Bitch Puppy was awarded to litter sister of Best Dog Puppy, namely Anne Gerrard's Monalou Contessa At Torralbaz, both the above also bred by Michele. Congratulations.




Thank you to the committee for inviting me to judge at this well-run show and to my stewards Hannah and Regien for keeping the ring running smoothly. Also to the exhibitors for entering your dogs under me and accepting my decisions in a sporting manner.

Puppy  (4 entries, 3 absentees)
1st Cross’ Jesterbrock Winterfell.
7 month old raw puppy dog enjoying his day out. OK for proportions but would prefer him stronger all round, even at this stage. Head developing along the right lines with nice dark almond shaped eye, correct flat skull and strong muzzle. Correct bite. Up on the leg and needs time to drop all-round as at this stage he is straight in both front and hind angulation. A little lacking in pro-sternum and chest needs to deepen. Front could stand straighter when foreviewed. Firm level topline and well-ribbed. Moves OK in profile but narrow coming towards and could be firmer in hock going away. Tail carried a little high and rear pasterns a little long at this stage. Well-marked and nice tight cat-like feet. Very happy and outgoing temperament. Needs a lot of time. Best Puppy in Breed.

Junior  (3, 2)
1st Spencers’ Padiky Starr Studded Skye.
16 month old bitch presented to perfection. Happy disposition, active and alert. Good length of leg and maturing nicely. Strong and feminine head with flat skull, dark almond shaped eyes and strong muzzle. Well-marked. Strong, medium length of neck. Would prefer better shoulder placement and more length and angulation of the upper-arm. A little lacking in forechest, but stands straight in front when foreviewed and well-arched feet. Bone in proportion to size. Topline OK but a touch long in the loin. Croup OK and good rear angulation. Nice firm hocks and well-muscled. Moves OK in profile and parallel from the rear going away but a little narrow coming towards at this stage. Very well-schooled and attentive to her handler.

Post Graduate  (3)
1st Griffiths, Orme & Miles’ Jaybiem With N’Without Y’Zeus.
Easy class win. Strong and sturdy male with correct proportions and outline. Oozes breed type. Rich, rustic tan and correct markings. Calm in demeanour. Flat skull but could be a little broader and would prefer a little more fill under his eyes and better eye set. However, dark almond-shaped eyes and tight lids. Correct stop, strong muzzle and good bite. Good length of neck, shoulder placement OK and sufficient length of upper-arm. Nice solid, rounded bone and tight, well-arched feet. Deep chest with sufficient prosternum. Firm and broad back with good spring of rib and compact, firm loin. Well-rounded rump, good hind angulation and short, firm hocks. Moved soundly from all directions. Overall he has a great combination of soundness and type. Pleased to award Best of Breed and congratulations on making the final shortlist for Best in Show.
2nd Boot’s Fairy Court Sparkles Of Kaycibern. Honest bitch who won this placing on her sound and easy, active movement. Pleasing overall outline and make and shape. Compact in proportions. Would prefer her a little stronger all-round and a little more quality to her expression. Very balanced bitch with good angulation both fore and aft. Correct flat skull with pronounced stop with short muzzle. Flashy in markings. Tail-set and carriage a little high. Firm, level topline with broad back and good spring of rib. Moved true and soundly from all directions but would prefer a little more extension in profile. Handled to perfection.
3rd Wright & Kirk’s Arvella Mark Of Respect For Roesilbern.

Open  (3, 2)
1st Granger’s Orlando Bloom At Jaybiem JW ShCM.
Mature compact male of similar make and shape to 1st in Postgraduate. Sturdy and cobby in outline and of correct breed type. Quality head and expression with kind dark eye, strong muzzle and broad, flat skull. Can appear a little stuffy in neck but hands on has a long sloping shoulder, would prefer just a touch more length to upper-arm. OK for prosternum and nice straight front when foreviewed with solid, round bone and tight cat-like feet. Deep chest, broad back and firm short-loin. Well-rounded rump and well-angulated rear leading into short firm hocks. Moved OK in profile and tidy coming towards with his straight front. A little unsettled with the flooring and although given time to recover, his rear movement was a little erratic today. This was a shame, but pleased to have two quality males to decide between. Reserve Best of Breed.
Judge - Gary Dybdall BVM&S MRCVS (Rodiveco)

Jude Simonds 


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