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GIBBS the Boss at MWCC
Sw, Port, Ch, Gr US Ch, Arbens Epic Swagg Of Los Perritos, owned by Julie Connolly, Karen Loveless and Virginia Dowty, bred by Lynn Nieto, and handled and prepared by Julie, made recent breed history when he was declared Best in Show at the Mid West Championship Show. By judge Colm Beattie. The multi titled American bred, 'Gibbs' is the first Havanese to take an all breeds Ch Best in Show in almost 20 years, and coincidentally it was Julie Connolly who owned and handled that original, groundbreaking Havanese, Ch Int Ch Indio vom Kapflesberg at Snazzipaws, to top both Fermoy Int and Bull Breeds back in 2005. 'Gibbs' has only been at four shows since his arrival in Ireland late last year and was Group 3 at the DDSS Christmas Ch Show, with a trip to Crufts last month rewarded with the Reserve CC. Taking the runner-up rosette under Colm was Sean Carroll and James Newman's Pomeranian, Ch Toybox Devil's Advocate, Best in Show at Newtownards last year when he was also RBIS at IKC St Patrick's International, with a number of group wins taking him to 2nd Top Group 5 on the GAIN Pet Nutrition/ICP Leaderboard. Third in the BIS line-up was Harry O'Donoghue's young Wire Fox Terrier, Blackdale Headmaster, on his show debut with Martin and Mary O'Donoghue's  homebred Labrador Retriever, Philipstown Tennessee Waltz, another winner from this well known kennel, fourth.

This was Mid West Canine Club's third all breed championship show, held in a n excellent venue and in a beautiful spot 'way out west' on a lovely day. Entries have improved, year on year, as news filters through the Irish dog world about the show and this year they had almost 900 dogs. Generously sponsored by GAIN PET NUTRITION, and with a good mix of home grown and foreign judges employed by Myles Leonard and his hard working committee, lets hope that, next year, the show can hit the four figures.
Whippets Reign Supreme on St Patrick's Day...
Topping Best in Show at the Irish Kennel Club St Patrick's Day International Ch Show under judge, Paul Lawless, was the Whippet, Barnesmore Cherokee Lad, owned, bred & handled by Lucinda Thompson, finishing a great day for Lucinda and daughter, Felicity, with Reserve BIS to the Labrador Retriever,  just fifteen months old Talard Cee Three Pee Ohh, owned and bred by Alec, Lynne and Tracey Douglas, and handled by Alec;  'Trooper' already hitting the high spots with RBPIS last September at Belfast Ch Show, two RCC 's and CC, BIS & BPIS at the joint Labrador Club Ch show last December. He finished Top Labrador puppy in UK for 2018.  Third place under Paul was the Smooth Fox Terrier, Ross Delmar's multi group winning Ch Shillelagh Valhala with the Shih Tzu, Gillian Gibson and Tracey & Mike Hitt's Ch & GB Ch Miracey Rebel Rider, in fourth spot.  IKC President, Séan Delmar is also photographed and sponsors, GAIN PET NUTRITION, are represented by Jim Tracey, Sean Martin and Rob O'Sullivan.
Paul Lawless' Best Puppy in Show on St Patrick's Day, chosen from the Puppy Group winners sent on by Bernie Ladd, was Felicity Thompson's Whippet, Barnesmore Gold Digga, with Paul Keenan and Darren Griffin's Boxer, Bessbox Magic Sparkle, Reserve BPIS. Sean Martin represents sponsors, GAIN PET NUTRITION.
Hedley Sets The Trend at Celtic Winners
Best in Show at the Irish Kennel Club Celtic Winners International Ch Show, held at the National Show Centre on Saturday, 16th March, was Raymond O'Neill's Pekingese, homebred Ch Trendylook Hedley Lamarr, last year's Top Group 9 winner on the Gain Pet Nutrition/Irish Canine Press Leaderboard. BIS judge, Colette Muldoon, gave Reserve BIS to the Shetland Sheepdog , Emilio Castillo and Patrick Fortune's  BIS  and multi CC winning Ch & GB Ch Edglonian Blue Fortune, handled by Emilio. Third BIS went to Stewart & Heather Cummings and Kelly Lawless' well known BIS winning Pointer, Sh Ch GB Sh Ch  Int Sh Ch Kanix Kroner at Sevenhills, Top of the Group 7 Leaderboard last year, whilst BIS 4 was Billy Henderson's Romanian imported Dobermann bitch, Ch Irresistible Tuwos Dobgrace. GAIN PET NUTRITION were the generous sponsors, being the IKC's partners once again for 2019 ,and were represented here by Sean Martin & Rob O'Sullivan, with IKC President, Sean Delmar looking on.
Topping all the Puppies from the Puppy Groups, judged earlier in the day by Joyce Crawford-Manton, was the Boston Terrier, Duncabury Done To A Tea, bred by Marbeth Owens and owned in partnership with Michael Western, who handles her. Colette Muldoon chose the Border Collie, Huntly Draw the Line, owned and bred by Morag and David Connolly and handled by David, as her Reserve Puppy in Show. Sean Martin represents sponsors, GAIN PET NUTRITION.
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