Bernese News 17th May 2018

Sam Avery emailed;

"Margaret Eaves (KYLEBURN) has moved house – no mean feat at the tender age of 89 ! Her new address is Bona Vista, Nash Lee Road, Terrick, Aylesbury, Bucks HP17 0TQ. Her landline number is 01296 615930 but that won’t be in use until 21st May so until then please contact her using the mobile number 07923 479283.

"A long ring and patience will be required as she will probably be down the bottom of the garden, planning where to put her new plant beds!"


The Bernese entry for SKC Championship Show (May) which takes place tomorrow has been announced as 43 exhibits giving 46 entries for breed specialist judge Alan Rawson (Alyngarn).

For comparison the entry at SKC (May) 2017 was 46 entries with 10 absentees for breed specialist Helen Lamb (Bernalpen).

The Bernese entry for Southern Counties Championship Show 2018
has been announced as 54 exhibits giving 61 entries for breed specialist judge Julie Baldwin (Fortonpark).

For comparison the entry at the 2017 show was 69 entries with 11 absentees for all-rounder judge Jeff Horswell.


Janet Riseborough, Show secretary and Show Manager of the Central BMD Club emailed;

"Just to let you know our entry for this year's show [to be held this Sunday, 20th May] is 71 entries for judge Mrs C.Friend-Rees and 5 entries in Special Champion s Award for judge Mrs P. Myers. We are extremely pleased with the above entries."

For comparison the entry at the 2017 show was 91 entries (+ 8 entered Not For Competition), with 25 absentees and 2 withdrawn for all-rounder judge Barry Blunden (Licassa) and 8 entries in the Special Champion Award Class which was judged by Beryl Sargent (Sargbilko).


The BMD Club of America 2018 Specialty
took place from 30th April to 5th May with a number of events covering various activities at Sturbridge, Massachusetts. As is usual there were spectators who had travelled from the UK.

Best in Show
was awarded to Sarah Tennessen's homebred GCHG Snowbound's Cabana Boy and Best Opposite Sex went to Deanna Scott's GCHB Cameo's Girl On Fire bred by Sherry Otto.

Best of Winners was October's Dream Weaver Owned by Kathryn Young and Sharon Chesnutt Smith who is also the breeder.

Select Dog
was GCH Adesa's Best in Snow owned and bred by William Blewitt and Bobbi Kinely-Blewitt and jointly owned with Dalmi Sirabo.
Select Bitch was GCHB Full Moon's Canoodling with Great Lakes owned by Carla Cook, Renee Tiano, Randall Carpenter and Amanda Cook and bred by Renee Tiano.

Awards of Merit were awarded to;
GCHG Lavish's Brut Premier
GCH Adesa's Over the Full Moon
GCHS Schneehunds Mountain Of Light
Kandersteg's Just Chillin V Adesa
Ch De-Li's Theory of Evolution
Ch Lavish's As You Wish
Ch Von Engel's Follow Your Heart V Ja-Pens
Ch Snowbound's Crazy Little Thing Called Love
GCH Enchant's I'll Get You My Pretty, and
Ch Seawind Farm's Feeling Lucky.

Best Puppy was Sindi Leo's L-Sin’s Take It Easy at Pine Hill bred by Amy Morrow.

Best Veteran
was Peacefield's Oreo Double Stuff bred by Sherri Starbird and jointly owned with Lori Bellussi.

Here is a Link to a video showcasing some of the events at the show;


At Birmingham National Championship Show 2018 held last Sunday breed specialist judge Richard Hallam (Oldberne) was centre ring amidst 59 entries with 11 absentees across 20 classes.

Winning his 38th CC plus Best of Breed
was Carole Hartley-Mair and Gary Dybdall's homebred Ch Meadowpark High Class who went on to win the Working Group under Sue Searle who wrote;.... From a full Group bar one I shortlisted 9 ..... Group 1 Bernese Mountain Dog Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Ch Meadowpark High Class. Impressed with his breed type, balance of strong bone, solid body and overall construction. His movement for such a big boy is very free and active, covering the ground well in profile and very true out and back and still full of mischief and obviously loves his job. Outstanding mature male.
The Reserve Dog CC was won by Sandy Rothery's homebred Glamrock Graffiti Artist ShCM.

In Bitches it was third CC for Julie Baldwin's homebred Fortonpark Chasing Dreams and Julie also collected the Best Puppy award with her 10 month old Fortonpark Sez I'm Classy who is a daughter of Meadowpark First Class For Fortonpark JW x Ch Fortonpark Dutch Delight.

June Miles' homebred Jaybiem Burli Shassi JW (Jaybiem Yeuben Chozen JW x Ch meadowpark Sweetest Thing at Jaybiem) collected the Reserve Bitch ticket.

Photo courtesy Rebecca King
Roy Toms' Emberfay Moonglow took Best Veteran. 8 1/2 years old, she is sired by Multi Ch Zanzebern Defender x Emberfay Cest Ci Bon.

Photo courtesy Julie Ann Wright
Elsewhere at the show Julie Ann Wright's Arvella Mark of Respect For Roesilbern was placed 3rd in an entry of 41 with 27 absentees in the Higham Press\Dog.Biz Special Beginners Stakes.

And so we have another new Champion, subject to KC confirmation.

Fortonpark Chasing Dreams.

Born: 6th December 2015
Breeder and owner: Julie Baldwin
Sire: Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW
Dam: Ch Meadowpark Living My Dream At Fortonpark.

'Elsie's' notable achievements include;

Best Puppy from Keith Creasey at Leeds 2016
Best Puppy from Hedd Richards at BMD Club of Great Britain 2016

Reserve CC from Dr Ron James at Windsor 2017
Reserve CC from Angela Haden at Crufts 2018.
CC from Trish Goodyear at Bournemouth 2017
CC from Paul Lawless at Working & Pastoral Breeds of Wales 2018
CC from Richard Hallam at Birmingham National 2018.


With just over a week to go before the Whistley Woofers
event Tim Williams and Margaret Bailey are getting everything organised and hoping for good weather!

On Sunday 27th May there is a Fun Day with all-sorts of good stuff going on such as fun classes and games and carting with lots to have a go at or simply to watch for those less energetic!

All breeds are welcome to come and join the Bernese fun and it all takes place at 'Denbrae', Pimlico, near Syresham, NN13 5TN. (located just off A43 between Silverstone and Brackley, Northants).


For further information contact Tim and Margaret on 01280 81455 or 07957 185813 or Email The event is held in aid of Bernese Welfare UK.


The BMD Club of Great Britain schedule and entry form for the Club's 2018 Championship Show are now available on the club's web site  The show will be held at the usual venue of the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh on Saturday September 22nd.

The judges are Jackie Green (Arvella) for dogs and John Jacobsen (Norway) bitches.
The referee is Heather Head (Millermead).
The Limited Obedience Show judge is Lynne Roberts.
There will be a Junior Handling competition during the lunch break.
Champions Classes for dogs and bitches are also scheduled for the first time.
A Champions parade will take place during the lunch break.


The Scottish National Gallery has just acquired and placed on display a portrait by Sir Henry Raeburn of William Stuart Forbes, older son of Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo, as a young boy (1809) with his pet who bears a striking resemblance to a recognisable, current-day Bernese Mountain Dog.

Two major Raeburn portraits to enter Scotland's national art collection

EDINBURGH.- Two outstanding portraits by Sir Henry Raeburn, one of the greatest Scottish artists of the early nineteenth century have entered the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, thanks to the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, which enables works of art to be presented to the nation and offset against inheritance tax.

Raeburn, who was born in Edinburgh and lived from 1756 to 1823, was the leading portrait painter of his time in Scotland, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished and innovative in European art of the period. Originally apprenticed to a goldsmith, he showed enormous artistic talent as a young man. In 1784 Raeburn moved to London and he spent some time in Italy, but returned to Edinburgh in 1787, where he began painting portraits of famous and important contemporaries. He was in constant demand and received many honours, being knighted in 1822.

These highly skilled and ambitious portraits show Raeburn at the height of his artistic powers. They depict the two eldest sons of Sir William Forbes, 7th Baronet of Pitsligo in Aberdeenshire, a wealthy and influential banker, art collector and patron. The paintings were commissioned in 1809–11, when the young boys were around seven years old.

The eldest son, William Stuart Forbes (1802-1826), is shown feeding a hunk of bread to his pet, apparently a Bernese Mountain dog. Fixing the viewer with a playful stare, he holds the bread out in the air, while his other hand rests on the neck of the dog, who patiently awaits the coming prize. The scene is depicted with Raeburn’s customarily deft and economical brushwork, which complements the painting’s skilled handling of light and shade and harmonious colouring. The charcoal grey of the sitter’s suit offsets the glossy black and tan of the dog’s coat and the gentle greys, greens and blues of the wooded landscape around them. The light-hearted theme in combination with Raeburn’s unparalleled artistry makes this one of the artist’s most attractive and engaging portraits.

Its quality is matched, if not exceeded, by the depiction of the younger of the two brothers, John Stuart Forbes (1804-1866). Like the portrait of William, it shows its young sitter with his arm around his dog, possibly a Dalmatian Pointer cross. The boy sits sprawling in a sunlit landscape, gazing up towards his pet’s head. The boy’s face is boldly illuminated but nevertheless rendered with extraordinary sensitivity and delicacy of touch. Once again, the colouring is superb, with the warm pink, ochre and green tones forming a perfectly judged contrast to the cooler palette of its companion work.

Sir Henry Raeburn (1756 1823), John Stuart Hepburn Forbes, later 8th Baronet of Monymusk and of Fettercairn and Pitsligo (1804–66). Oil on canvas, 133.90 x 108.60 cm. Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by HM Government from the Forbes of Pitsligo Collection, and allocated to the National Galleries of Scotland, 2018.
The acute observation of the relationships between the boys and their dogs makes these works differ from the conventional portraits that Raeburn more usually produced, giving them much of the appeal of ‘genre’ paintings that show scenes from everyday life. As such, they have an exceptional status within the artist’s output and, indeed, in British portraiture of the period. The National Galleries of Scotland holds a fine survey of Raeburn’s work, although only one other example of his child portraiture, a later painting of about 1822.

The National Galleries of Scotland are grateful to Sotheby’s Tax & Heritage Department for the role it played in making the allocation of these paintings to the collection.

Speaking of the acquisition, Christopher Baker, Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, said: “Raeburn’s work has enormous appeal through its technical sophistication and the empathy with which he portrayed his subjects. Both these achievements are brilliantly distilled in these delightful portraits. We are very grateful indeed to the Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) scheme for making the transfer of the paintings to the nation possible. It seems especially appropriate to celebrate this, in view of the age of Raeburn’s subjects, during Scotland’s Year of Young People.”

Edward Harley, Chairman of the Acceptance in Lieu panel, commented further: “These portraits were amongst the finest of the artist’s paintings still left in private hands. The allocation of the works to the Scottish National Gallery highlights the importance of the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme in bringing exceptional works of art into public ownership.”

Clarissa Vallat, Sotheby’s Tax & Heritage Department, said: “We’re delighted to have played a part in negotiating the placement of these wonderful paintings with the Scottish National Gallery, by an artist so beloved by the Scottish nation."

The News story reproduced above originally appeared here;

Jude Simonds

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