Bernese News 11th May 2019


At Birmingham National Championship Show 2019 held on Thursday at Staffordshire County Showground, all-rounder judge Terry Munro had attracted 70 entries with 11 absentees across 22 classes.

For comparison the entry at the 2018 show was 59 entries with 11 absentees for breed specilaist judge Richard Hallam (Oldberne).

Carole Hartley Mair's homebred 4 year old, Ch Meadowpark High Class won his 53rd CC plus Best of Breed, and later in the day 'Milo' then went on to top the Working Group under all-rounder judge Dave Killilea. He is a son of Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW x Meadowpark NorthernBlend.

The Reserve CC was awarded to 'Milo's half brother, Julie Baldwin's Meadowpark First Class For Fortonpark, a 3 1/2 year old bred by Carole and her mum Bernice and also sired by Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW x Meadowpark One Lover.

In Bitches it was a first CC for Valerie Hughes' Ir Ch Werlwind's Celtic Dream For Carraigbern who is an American importbred by Cindy Switzler. 3/12 years old she is a daughter of Am Ch Bernerdalens Kodak x Werlwinds Oh Oh Olivia.

The Reserve CC went to Lianne Marsden & Dave Robertson's homebred Trudaleaze Majik Potion who is a 5 year old sired by Ch Jaybiem Innu Endo x Trudaleaze I Am A Maze Zing.

The Best Puppy award went to Bethan Jones' Tremywyddfa Just In Time who is homebred, 8 months old and by the Best of Breed winner x Tremywyddfa Forget Me Not.

Di Atherton's homebred Ch Athersbern Peronelle Blush was declared Best Veteran. Now just 7 years old, she is sired by Ch Monalou Dutch Courage x Athersbern Affinity.

There was also a Best Special Beginner award at this show and that went to James & Cathy Connelly's Shirdees Top Gun who is just short of 3 years old, bred by Shirley King & Julie Bramble and sired by the Best of Breed winner x Shirdees Chevrolet. Congratulations.

The judges' critiques for the breed classes and the Working Group can be found further down this column.

Huge congratulations to Carole
as the 53rd CC won by Ch Meadowpark High Class was a  historical event; beginning with his 1st CC at Manchester 2016 and his 53rd at Birmingham National 2019, Milo's success in the show ring equals the UK Bernese Mountain Dog Breed CC Record held by Michele Gurney's homebred Monalou Nelly Pledge who was born on 24th January 2001 and collected her 1st CC at Windsor 2002 and her final and 53rd CC at the BMD Club of Scotland 2009.



I would like to thank my stewards, Sue and Alan for their admirable work keeping the ring running smoothly and for their humour during a long day. All my breeds were well presented and in clean condition.

Regrettably several Bernese Mountain Dog exhibits were overweight and a few had round eyes.

Special Beginners Dog  (3 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Connelly's  Shirdees Top Gun.
Medium size with good head strength, good bone but stands wide in front and back dips. Fair mover. Best Special Beginner.
2nd Watkins' Monalou Paul Hollywood. 9 months with head developing well, dark eyes. Overbuilt at present, close in front and away.

Minor Puppy Dog  (3)
1st King, Green & Dedman's Parwizz Vom Durrbachler Wald at Arvella (Imp Nld).
Well proportioned, 7 months, lively, alert with good balance. Liked his head shape. Good bone, topline and thighs. Active tail. His powerful movement was the best in class.
2nd Wilson's Blumental Cadfael. 6 months, a little over awed, attentive expression. Good shoulders, upper arm and thighs, topline rising at present. Gained in confidence on the move.
3rd Whyte's Kernow Loving Life.

Puppy Dog  (4)
1st Fairclough's Monalou Galloping Gourmet.
9 months, without exaggeration. Promising head shape with defined stop. Well bodied, tight feet, active tail, a steady mover.
2nd Cotton's Kernow Billy No Mates At Jukesbern. 11 months, well marked, playful with a good profile. Deep chest, straight back, good thighs, tight feet. A powerful mover.
3rd Wood's Cegshe Diploma.

Junior Dog  (3, 1)
1st Hartley-Mair's Meadowpark Talk About Class.
Good size and substance, attentive with dark expressive eyes. Well boned, good forequarters, well sprung ribs, well bent stifles. Moved out well.
2nd Miles'Jaybiem Modus Operandi. Smaller, well proportioned with good head shape, clean teeth. Tight feet but stood a little close in front, a lively mover.

Yearling Dog  (1)
1st Flanagan's  Collansues Magical Spell.
Strength and power, balanced quarters, Dark eyes but would prefer a little more depth of muzzle. Moderate neck, active tail and movement

Novice Dog  (1)
1st Miles' Jaybiem Modus Operandi.
Movement looked more balanced in this class.

Graduate Dog  (1)
1st Evans' Harvestbank Im A Believer.
Good head strength and shape with no excess weight, slightly rising topline. Tight feet but front needs sorting as do thighs.

Post Graduate Dog  (3)
1st New's Meadowpark Just Dreamy.
Has a good strong head shape. Powerful front, straight but sloping topline to well built and muscled hind quarters. Deep chest, balanced mover.
2nd Watson's Jesterbrock Alpine Glory At Stepdashar. Good profile head. Straight forelimbs but back dips behind withers, deep chest, good thighs. Fair mover but not the front of 1st.
3rd Perks' Kernow Festival Buzz.

Limit Dog  (5, 2)
1st Vaychkus & Vaickus' Flintas Kalnu Suo at Bernaroso ShCM (Imp Lt).
Substantial without exaggeration, balanced head, dark eyes. Well boned with balanced angulation, well ribbed. Moved out well with drive.
2nd Goodyear's Harvestbank Fernando. Good head shape and forequarters, thighs could be better developed as he lacks drive.
3rd Fairclough's Monalou Spirit Of Discovery.

Open Dog  (4,  2)
1st Hartley-Mair's Ch Meadowpark High Class.
Strength and power with excellent bone. Strong head. Deep chest, straight back, compact feet, all coming together in a powerful driving movement. Standing in the line up he was a standout choice for the Dog CC. Best of Breed, Group1.
2nd Baldwin's Meadowpark First Class For Fortonpark.
Not the size of 1st but certainly has drive along with a strong head. Bone in proportion, well bodied, moved well for the Reserve Dog CC.

Veteran Dog  No entries

Special beginners Bitch  (1)
1st Mrozowska's Lawenda Przyniose Ci Szczescie. 6 months and unsure of herself, with well balanced head, well marked but at present promising but unsure in movement.

Minor Puppy Bitch  (4)
1st Wright & Kirk's Objet D’art Du Hameau Baika De Avec Roesilbern (Imp Fra).
7 months and the most developed in the right way; head balancing with body and bone, she moved out well.
2nd Riseborough's Malindibeach Serenade At Moonbach. 6 months and looking her age. Balanced in body and bone, tight feet. Well ribbed, positive mover, alert but muzzle could be a fraction shorter.
3rd Small's Malindibeach Boodles Of Fun.

Puppy Bitch  (8, 3)
1st Jones' Tremywyddfa Just In Time.
9 months of good size with strong feminine head and neck into straight back. Deep chest, balanced quarters. Active tail, moved out with drive. Best Puppy.
2nd King & Green's Olivia Vom Durrbachler Wald at Arvella. (Imp Nld).
10 months with alert feminine head. Stood four square and moved out well.
3rd Bridges' Liskarm A Million Dreams.

Junior Bitch  (6)
1st Flanagan's Collansues Lexis Pot Of Gold.
Up to size with straight back, strong feminine head, well boned and bodied. Rribs well sprung, developed hind quarters, moved soundly.
2nd Sutton & Davenport-Willis' Nelstephbern Dior Foreva. Smaller, well proportioned, alert. Scored in topline, bone and feet. Sound mover but not the head maturity of 1st.
3rd Miles' Jaybiem Alia Lacta Est.

Yearling Bitch  (3)
1st Baldwin' Fortonpark Sez Im Classy.
Mid size with well marked, proportionate feminine head. Strong forequarters, well boned on good feet, well sprung ribs, developed thighs. Moved in a balanced fashion.
2nd Hughes' Carraigbern Lovely Lady. Strong, taller bitch with strong head shape and neck. Straight back when relaxed, developed thighs strong hocks, powerful mover.
3rd Williams' Tinland Pink Sapphire.

Novice Bitch  (1)
1st Flanagan's  Collansues Lexis Pot Of Gold.

Graduate Bitch  (1)
1st Flanagan's Collansues Magical Potion.
Well proportioned of good size with a very active tail. Skull flat. Deep, well ribbed chest with good topline, balanced quarters, moved round the ring well.

Post Graduate Bitch  (5, 1)
1st Bird & Head's Cullumbern Roman Toga With Millermead.
Lovely feminine expression but could lose some weight over shoulders. Bone balanced with body, good feet and hind quarters, moved out with drive.
2nd Flanagan's Collansues Precious Rock. Also with a lovely expression but longer with a dippy back. Good thighs but lost on front movement.
3rd Green's Waldershelf Much Luv Martha.

Limit Bitch  (5, 1)
1st Hartley-Mair's Meadowbank Touch Of Class.
Looks all together, well marked, proportioned and balanced. Liked her expression from dark almond shaped eyes. Medium neck into straight back, good quarters and movement.
2nd Spencer's Padiky Starr Studded Skye. Slightly finer but well proportioned profile, strong feminine head. Well ribbed, good bone, thighs and tight feet. Moved out easily.
3rd Green's Bernerdalens Quest For Fame At Waldershelf (Imp Swe).

Open Bitch  (7, 1)   A lovely class to judge.
1st Hughes' Ir Ch Werlwind’s Celtic Dream For Carraigbern. Medium size and proportions, feminine well shaped head. Balanced quarters with good forechest, matching bone and body, moved out easily and strongly. Bitch CC.
2nd  Marsden & Robertson's Trudaleaze Majik Potion.
Feminine, balanced without exaggeration. Balanced head, strong neck. Well bodied, good hind quarters, moved out well. Reserve Bitch CC.
3rd Miles' Jaybiem My My My.

Veteran Bitch  (1)
1st Atherton's Ch Athersbern Peronelle Blush.
Lovely feminine head on this 7 yrea old with an active tail, really enjoying her time in the ring. Good quarters and feet, could carry a little less weight but moved out steadily. Best Veteran.
Judge - Terry Munro




Always a pleasure to judge at The National and I send my best wishes to Paul Harding for whom I was the stand-in judge.

It was a super group with quality in depth right through and I shortlisted 10 excellent dogs. The Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, Boxer, Dobermann., Dogue De Bordeaux, Leonberger, Newfoundland, Portugese Water Dog, Siberian Husky and Tibetan Mastiff.
Group 1 today was the Bernese Mountain Dog, Ch Meadowpark High Class, a very special dog whom I have judged before as a youngster and make no apologies for awarding him the Top Spot again . He just oozes quality and breed type, excels in movement, is now fully mature and turned out in super coat and condition. A real pleasure to watch the bond between this dog and his handler.
Group 2 and pushing hard for the top spot was the young Alaskan Malamute male, Chayo Cause Celebre who had everything I was looking for in this breed. Excels in bone and substance, has a classic Malamute head, real strength through the body, powerful and true in the rear. Turned out in immaculate condition as we have come to expect from this kennel and was able to show off his effortless and true movement in the big ring.
Group 3 was the Boxer Ch. Galicar Mac Steamy at Limubox a quality brindle male who produced a lovely shape and outline. Plenty of breed type and so correct to go over, I loved his head and expression. Stood on an excellent parallel front , firm through the body and strong through the rear. Well muscled throughout and produced an excellent side gait.
Group 4 was the beautiful Siberian Husky bitch Ch. Pelenrise Chat A Lot JW. Sh.CM. Ultra feminine with lovely head and expression. Just the right amount of bone and substance for her size, so true in front and rear, in excellent coat and condition . She just flowed around the big ring at one with her excellent handler.
Judge - Dave Killilea  



Jude Simonds


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