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When the German Shepherd Dog,
Ch Feebroithe Canto, bred by Seamus Brophy and partner, Marie Feehily, and owned by Michael Heenan and Theresa McMahon, topped the entry of 1,570 dogs at the Fermoy International All Breed Championship show, he created a piece of breed history as he is the first German Shepherd to take BIS at an International all breed Ch show in Ireland, and the first of his breed in almost six years to take BIS at any IKC all breed ch event, the last I can remember was Bull Breeds 2010. At a time when the breed is in the middle of a maelstrom of controversy across the water, it is good to see an Irish bred Shepherd go to the top here at home. Sired by German import, Nelson Vom Frankengold out of Feebroithe Amira, three year old 'Canto', who won BOB under French Breed Specialist judge Marc Renaud, and the group, his first, under Italian judge Pietro Paolo Condo.
Barry O’Neill’s Basset Hound, Ch, GB & Int Ch Knockogue Arthurs Legacy, has become a bit of an institution in the Irish show ring, and at South Tipperary he made the BIS trophy his own for the second year in succession, thus clinching his third BIS on the ‘Trip to Tipp’ in three years, as he was also BIS at Fermoy International in 2014. Homebred ‘Arthur’ won BIS under Carmel Barry-Sheehan, from an overall entry of 1,353 dogs, the show being sponsored by Dr Clauders. He had earlier won his 84th Group under Sandra Mashfor from Australia, and this was his 8th BIS. WELKS just a couple of weeks ago also saw him clinch his 10th CC.  Carmel’s RBIS was Felicity Thompson’s Whippet, Barnesmore Hell’s Belles.
'Canto' is pictured here with his co-breeder and handler Seamus Brophy, and Best in Show judge, Noreen Clark, who gave RBIS to Ann Cuthbert and Stephen Minogue’s Borzoi, Ch & Int Ch Donskoi Asmodey, handled by Lynda Cuthbert Matthews. Sponsored by ROYAL CANIN, Fermoy was the first leg of the annual ‘Trip To Tipp’ weekend and held the Ferryhouse Sports Complex, Clonmel.