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Celebrating our 40th anniversary of
The first Championship show of the year was the IKC Celtic Winners show on 17th March, the show attracted almost 1,500 dogs for breed exhibition. Generously sponsored by GAIN PET FOODS, the show also had the added attraction of a competition for retired Greyhounds. Best in Show, judged by IKC Director Philip Behan, was Martin McDonnell’s Smooth Haired Dachshund, Ch Smartdac Dark N Designer’.
Combined Canine Club’s International Champ show, held on Easter Saturday attracted a pleasing entry of over 1,600 dogs for an international panel of judges and as ever attracted the welcome and generous sponsorship of CONNOLLY’S RED MILLS. Topping the entry under Marie Hamill was James Newman and Sean Carroll’s Papillon, Ch, Gb, Ger, Slo, Mont & Int Ch Denemore Iconsruben.
Combined Canine Club hosted the annual 'Pup of the Year' final on Easter Sunday. Ashling Connolly’s homebred Bichon Frisé, Ashmair Double Act, was crowned Combined Canine Club Pup of the Year under Croatian judge, Bojan Matakovic.
Banbridge was held the week after Easter in the Kings Hall Complex in Belfast for the celebration of 50 years of Banbridge Canine Club. The show attracted an entry of almost 1,200. Best in Show judge was Sean Caroll. Taking the second Banbridge BIS of her successful career, was Colm and Rose Hastings’ Old Engligh Sheepdog, Ch, Am & Int Ch Lambluvs Live The Dream.
First show of the ‘Trip To Tipp’ weekend was the
Fermoy International Ch show, which attracted
just 3 dogs short of 1,600 for the ROYAL CANIN
sponsored event in Clonmel, Best In Show under international judge Michael Forte here was the Pomeranian, Multi Ch Fons Flying To
owned by Luydmilla Komyakova.
South Tipperary Ch show which had an excellent entry, 1,434 dogs, for a varied panel of judges, many who had judged at Fermoy the previous day. Making his debut centre ring was Sean Knight and his choice for Best in Show fell to Aidan McKiernan’s English Setter, Sh Ch Richecca Reach For The Skye.
Newtownards & District Ch show, a new date and venue for the show, and what a baptism it was at the Rugby grounds on the outskirts of the town; unprecedented strong winds and rain in the afternoon played havoc with the assembled tenting. The show attracted   an entry of 1,229 dogs. Dr Marleen Collins chose for, Joyce Manton’s Australian Shepherd Dog, Ch & Int Ch Hopscotch Del Whymper Delle G Jorasses, handled by Des Manton.
Hibernian Champ Show, sponsored by ROYAL CANIN, despite clashing with SKC, attracted an entry of 1,236. Centre ring today, a week after her BIS win the previous week, was International All Breeds judge Joyce Crawford-Manton, and from a very strong line-up she chose Barry O’Neill and Sandra Stack’s top winning Basset Hound Ch & GB Ch Knockogue Arthurs Legacy.
Munster Canine was held at the Cork Marts in Fermoy. The show started in fine if cool conditions but by the end the  day torrential rain had started and continued well into the next
day. Appropriately enough, it was a dog called
Cold Paws, Warm Heart, who triumphed when
James Duggan’s Siberian Husky, Ch Bedarra Cold Paws Warm Heart For Leorient, piloted as always by wife Anita, took the top spot under Maudie Burke.
Cork & District Ch show held at the Mallow GAA
grounds, sponsored by ROYAL CANIN, attracted an entry of over 1,000 dogs. Making his debut in the big ring was Stephen Minogue and his choice for Best in Show was Cathy Neill and Cara Davani’s Kerry Blue Terrier, Ch Kebulak Dirty Harry, completing his Irish title on the day.
Swords Championship show, held at the NSC, Cloghran, and held very wisely indoors. Generously sponsored by ROYAL CANIN, the show, attracted an entry of 1612 dogs for a well
balanced panel of continental judges. The honour of judging Best in Show 2012 fell to Kay Creamer, who awarded top spot to Ashling Connolly’s Bichon Frise, Ch Ashmair Double Act.
A trip to the South East for the back to back shows of Kilkenny and Deise. Kilkenny, sponsored by ANIMALFARMACY and held at the Hub at Cillin Hill, saw an entry of 1,233 dogs. Making his debut centre ring was Willie Dobbin and his choice for Best in Show saw a second BIS win in a month for Barry O’Neill and Sandra Stack’s Basset Hound, Ch & GB Ch Knockogue Arthurs Legacy.
Deise Champ show held Tramore racecourse and sponsored by GAIN PET FOODS. Best in
Show judge elect was John Hartigan, well known for his Rockenhart Terriers, and his winner was Mick Gavin’s Lakeland Terrier, Ch Kebulak Lady Marmalade At Spinkeen.
Bray & District held at the NSC at Cloghran With
sponsorship by FERGUSON BEDDING. The show attracted almost 1000 dogs for the panel of mostly home based judges, headed up by Dave
Lawlor, Chairman of Killarney, whose choice for Best in Show fell to Rita and Alan Fitzsimmons’ Yorkshire Terrier, Spanish import Ch Only You My Sky Te Nemrac–Aninuq At Fitzelly.
Irish Ladies Kennel Association Champ show,  sponsored by CONNOLLY’S RED MILLS, had drawn an excellent entry of 1215 dogs for a panel of mostly Irish judges, and topping the entry under yet another debutante judge, Heather Cox, was Paul and Eileen Martin’s imported Kerry Blue Terrier, Mex & Am Ch Bluemont Ariel At Clanciarra.
Sligo's 15th Annual Championship show held in Newtownforbes, sponsored by Connolly’s Red Mills attracted an entry of almost 1,100 dogs. Best In Show judge was Paul Lawless and he selected Gerry and Pauline Clarke’s Irish Wolfhound, Ch Roxanne of Shantammon for the big red rosette.
Dundalk & District Ch show was held for the first time at the NSC Cloghran. The show, sponsored by GAIN PET FOODS, attracted an increased entry, 1259 dogs for exhibition. Judging BIS was June Wall and she chose the Siberian Husky,
Jimmy Duggan’s Ch Bedarra Cold Paws Warm Heart For Leorient.
Dun Laoghaire (Monkstown) Champ show, Sponsored by GAIN PET FOODS, Monkstown had attracted an entry of 1045 dogs. Hungarian judge, Dr Miklos Levente awards Best In Show to ‘Flint’ the Siberian Husky, Ch Bederra Cold
Paws Warm Heart For Leorient
, owned by James Duggan and shown by wife anita. This was 'Flint's' second BIS in two weeks.
Bangor & North Down held their Champ show
at the Kings Hall Complex in Belfast. This year the club celebrated its 10th Anniversary Champ show.  Sponsored by ROYAL CANIN, the show had an entry of almost 1,200 dogs for a panel of both homegrown and foreign judges with BIS judge Sally Burns taking centre stage, her Best in Show winner was Aidan McKiernan’s English Setter, Sh Ch Richecca Reach For The Skye, the BIS winner at South Tipperary.
Clonmel was the first of the All Breed shows on Circuit 2012. PET MASTER sponsored the event. Taking centre ring was Seamus Oatesand from the 10 group winners, Seamus awarded the BIS rosette to Eamon Murray’s top winning Beagle, Ch Heathergrove Persian Warrior.
Killarney & District’s Champ show was in the grounds at the SPA GAA Club, the ROYAL CANIN sponsored show, attracting an entry of almost 1,600 dogs. Making his debut in the main ring was John Bond, his choice for Best in
Show was Paul Keenan and Darren Griffin’s Boxer, Ch Walkend Boy At Bessbox, a first BIS win for both dog and owners.
Limerick & District Canine Club was the next show on the circuit. The popularity of the show was reflected in the entry of 1,832 dogs. The show was sponsored as ever by CONNOLLY’S RED MILLS. Taking centre stage in the Best in Show ring was Italian, Claudio De Giuliani, who awarded the winner’s rosette to James Newman’s Papillon, Ch, GB, Ger, Slov, Mont & Int Ch Denemore Iconsruben.
Tralee Ch show, the last of the circiut Champ shows, sponsored by PET MASTER, Tralee, celebrating its 40th Anniversary show, had an entry of 1715 dogs. Best in Show judge was
international judge, Joan Walsh, popular secretary of Combined Canine, and her winner’s rosette went to Willie and Joanne Mullen’s Irish Wolfhound, Ch Broughadowey Tir Eoghain.
Carlow & District Championship Show, in September saw an increase in entries to well over 1300. Rosemary Daly-Meehan was fulfilling a dual role today as along with husband Sean, she was the face of show sponsors CONNOLLY’S RED MILLS and also making her debut in the Best in Show ring. Her choice for BIS fell to Sally and Howard Tonks’ Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Ch, GB & Int Ch Shanlimore Maverick, handled by Dione Fitzsimons.
The IKC International Champ Show
on the Saturday drew an entry of 1666 dogs and a further 100 or so for the agility and obedience disciplines, the show was sponsored by CONNOLLY’S RED MILLS. Judging Best in Show was Michael Leonard and from a strong line-up, chose Jane Jenkins’ West Highland White Terrier, Ch Havasu Hugo Boss, handled by breeder Ken Crockett, as his winner.
The IKC National, held on the Sunday with 1480 dogs competing for the Green Stars on offer. The show was sponsored by CONNOLLY’S RED MILLS. Simon Rooney making his debut in the BIS ring awarded Best in Show to a delighted Lynda Cuthbert Matthews with her and husband Colin’s Whippet, Ch, GB & Int Ch Collooney He’s The One.
All roads led back to the new Balmoral Pavillion
at the Kings Hall in Belfast for the Portadown Champ Show. Best in Show under Anita
Foley-Duggan was Colm and Rose Hastings' Old English Sheepdog, Ch, Am & Int Ch Lambluvs Love The Dream.  ‘Sue’ topped an entry of 1159 dogs.
October Bank Holiday was the date for the All Ireland Bull Breeds Championship show. Almost 1500 dogs made their way to the National Show Centre for Best In Show judge Des Manton to pick his winner. Best in Show at the PET MASTER sponsored event selected from a top quality line-up wasthe Papillon, James Newman and Sean Carroll’s Papillon, Ch, GB, Ger, Slov & Int Ch Denemore Iconsruben.
The penultimate All Breed show of the year,
Cloghran Ch show, saw an entry of 1,200 for PET MASTERS sponsored show. Best In Show judge, Philomena Leonard selected the Papillion, James Newman and Sean Carroll’s Ch, GB, Ger, Slov & Int Ch Denemore Iconsruben for the top spot.
Dublin Dog Show Society Championship Show was the final of the Year, sponsored by ROYAL CANIN, attracted a great entry of 1240 dogs with many enjoying post Christmas parties to celebrate the festive season. Judging Best in Show today was Elaine Drennan, whose choice for top spot fell to Austin and Ann Long Doyle’s St Bernard, Ch Il Divo Roly By Longsdyle.
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