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2016 IKC CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWS
Anita Foley Duggan and 'Flint' aka Ch, GB, Int & Ned Ch Bedarra Cold Paws Warm Heart, are off to Amsterdam In December, where Anita will pilot her husband, Jimmy’s, Siberian Husky, to represent Ireland in the Eukanuba World Challenge. 'Flint' topped the cream of Irish dogs at the IKC finals in the Regency Hotel under respected multi CC Scottish judge, Albert Wight, after winning through the preliminary round under Irish all breeds judge, Michael McCarthy. This must be the pinnacle of his career, as he has done just about everything else, a multi BIS winner at home, he also has his Dutch title and GB crown and a BIS at W/P Breeds of Wales. He topped Group 5 in both 2012 & 14 and has topped the breed for the last five years with the Annual Ch title.
Topping Cork & District CC’s Championship Show this year under BIS judge, Patricia Lawlor, was Cathy Loughlin’s homebred Irish Setter, Sh Ch Rohanmor Jorja On My Mind; ‘Jorja’, having earlier taken her first Group win, thus joining the many kennelmates in Rohanmor who have taken top honours at shows over the years, was making it a double success for the breed over the ‘Munster Weekend’.  Reserve BIS was the Pomeranian, Sean Carroll and James Newman’s latest star, Belliver Kiss The Stars, at just 11 months old surely following in the footsteps of countless Belliver Champions. The show, as ever, was sponsored by Royal Canin, represented on the day by Mary Davidson, and was well organised and well laid out at this excellent venue at Mallow GAA Club which allows for spacious rings and plenty of space for tents. Secretary, Helen Hegarty had employed a mix of overseas and local judges and she and her committee worked hard to make this an exhibitor friendly show as befits the warmth of the county, and should be worthy of more support than it received, as country shows seem to be suffering the same fate as their counterparts in Dublin with falling entries becoming the norm.
The Smooth Fox Terrier, owned by Ross Delmar & breeder, Ewa Lunden, Ch, Swe, Nor, DK & Int Ch Residentsets Stand-In, Nordic Ch, was certainly no stand-in when he topped a sunny Swords all breeds championship show at the Irish Kennel Club’s National Show Centre at Cloghran last Saturday. Handled as ever by Ross, ‘Stanley’ was Top Terrier last year and also Top Terrier at the recent IKC Eukanuba Challenge. This superbly run show was, as usual, royally sponsored by Royal Canin, representative Mary Davidson in attendance with their ‘On The Road’ unit, offering hospitality to customers old and new. BIS judge Jim Behan gave Reserve to young Danielle Ritchie Smith’s Swedish imported Whippet, Playaway Before the Rains, ‘Freya’ earlier handled by Danielle’s Mum, Dawn Smith, to her first group win. Swords Chairman, Tom Hehir made the presentations.
Diane Stewart-Ritchie’s Irish Setter, multi CC and BIS winning Sh Ch & GB Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper, annexed Best in Show at Munster Canine, under BIS judge, Donal Neally, repeating his win here last year when he topped the show under Bill McEntee, thus setting the scene for a great 2015, when he won 6 groups, and further BISs at Deise and Bray with RBIS at the IKC Int 2, these to add to BIS 4 at IKC CW.  These wins made him the proud owner of the ‘Irish Kennel Club Dog of the Year 2015’ title.  Reserve BIS was Gillian and Carol Gibson’s Shih Tzu, Ch Virtulvilage Vain, who was Annual Champion last year, had earlier taken her first group win. This show was held at Cork Marts in glorious summer sunshine with Kay Marrett at the helm, as she has been for over five decades.