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2017 SHOW GALLERY
St. Patrick's Day International
 
The Irish Kennel Club hosted two International Ch Shows over the St Patrick’s festival in Dublin, both generously sponsored by GAIN Petfoods; the first event was on March 17th and titled the IKC Int St Patrick’s Day Ch Show. Irish judge, Bernie Ladd, gave the BIS rosette to the the Papillon, Multi BISS Ch Expana’s Sea Dragon Conqueror, owned by Sean Carroll and James Newman and handled on the day by Sean. He was bred in Thailand by Mrs B Myra and Mr Y Ponkrit. Reserve BIS was the Alaskan Malamute, Ch, Int & Lux Ch Libertia Reggae Master, owned by Mark Burnside and daughter, Scarlett who handled ‘Marley’.
 
 
Champion of Champions Final 2016
 
Dublin Dog Show Society hosted its 2016 final of the Fosse Data Ireland Champion of Champions at the Green Isle Hotel in Dublin. This is an annual event held with a dinner dance, generously sponsored by Fosse Data Ireland and Happy Dog, the dogs qualifying by winning the champion stakes at each of the 31 all-breed championship shows throughout the season. The judge is never known until the night and this year it was Ricky Lochs-Romans from the Netherlands.Ricky lost no time at all before declaring her winner, the Toy Poodle Ch Grayco Poetic Image, prepared, handled and owned by Sally Burns in partnership with Mary Coghlan and Lesley Howard, who bred her. ‘Madge’, 22 months old, is by Grayco Poetry In Motion. Runner-up was last year’s winner, the BIS-winning Afghan Hound Ch Davashey To Tell the Truth, owned by Lyn Appleby, John Minchin, Jayne Edwards and Mary Mulvaney, who handles him.
Celtic Winners International
 
The IKC Celtic Winners International Ch Show was on Saturday, 18th March, offering the Celtic Winner titles and was also a Crufts qualifier. Best In Show judge was Chris Hancock whose choice for top honours fell to the German Shorthaired Pointer, Sh Ch Tomanipoint Celtic Knight, bred and owned by Tom and Annie Mervyn. Reserve BIS under Chris was the Rottweiler bitch, Ch Joshabelle I’m Gorgeous And I Know It At Zarimus; ‘Zara’ is owned by Pat & David Foley and Gyte Morkute, and handled by Pat.
 
 
 
Banbridge
Judge elect for Best in Show at Banbridge Canine Club was Evelyn Hurley, Vice President of the Irish Kennel Club. Coming out on top from the ten group winners was Philip and Ed O’Brien and Jarka Poulova’s Kerry Blue Terrier, Ch & Cz Ch Edbrios Exotica. Reserve BIS under Evelyn was Gerry McFaul’s Long Haired Dachshund, Ch Shardaroba’s Fashion Flow. The show was sponsored by Dr Clauder’s with Stewart Carson representing in the photographs.
 
All Breeds judge Colette Muldoon took centre stage to award Best in Show at Portadown’s 12th Championship show, her winner’s rosette going to Tom and Annie Mervyn’s homebred German Shorthaired Pointer, Sh Ch Tomanipoint Celtic Knight, taking his second such award within a fortnight. Reserve Best in Show under Colette was another of the year’s early pacesetters, Sean Carroll and James Newman’s Papillon, Multi Ch Expana's Sea Dragon Conqueror.  The show was sponsored by Dr Clauder’s with Stewart Carson representing in the photographs.
Portadown
 
CCC Royal Canin POTY
 
Recognised widely as the highlight of the canine year in Ireland, the Combined Canine Club/Royal Canin Pup of the Year final and formal dinner dance was held on Easter Monday at Moran’s Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. A selection of the International visiting judges officiated, with the finale overseen by American, Dottie Collier, who gave the accolade to the young Finnish bred Leonberger owned and handled by Mandy Moore, Lempileijonan Aito Suomileijona at Hillhaven, who at just 19 months old is awaiting confirmation of his Irish crown, is a multi RCC winner and was the group 2 winner at Portadown.
 
Combined CC National
 
 
The second day of the Combined Easter weekend Best in Show judge Margaret O’Sullivan selected the Bernese Mountain Dog, Ch Mapleridge The Dark Knight at Bernervalley, owned by David and Jackie Benson, and handled by David, as Best In Show. RBIS was the previous day’s Best in Show winner, Sean Carroll and James Newman’s Papillon, Multi Ch Expana’s Sea Dragon Conqueror, handled by Sean and Caiomhe Lyons again represented the weekend’s sponsor, Royal Canin.
 
Combined CC International
 
Best In Show under Jerry Dalyat the Combined Easter Classic International, was the Papillon, Sean Carroll and James Newman’s Multi Ch Expana’s Sea Dragon Conqueror. ‘Howard’ had come through both the breed and Group 9 under Russian judge, Ekaterina Senashenko, pictured here with the winner, BIS judge Jerry Daly, Caiomhe Lyons, representing the weekend’s generous sponsors, Royal Canin, and Tom Mervyn, with his and wife, Annie’s GSP, Ch Tomanipoint Celtic Knight, who was Reserve BIS.
Mid West
 
This the inaugural championship show for the Mid West Canine Club and took place at the Breaffy House Resort in Breaffy, Castlebar. The show was sponsored by GAIN Pet Food, with Sean Martin and Jim Treacy representing in the photographs, the show had an all Irish judging panel which attracted an entry of just under 850 dogs. Mick Gavin took centre stage in the Best in Show ring, awarding BIS to the Kerry Blue Terrier, Philip & Ed O’Brien and Jarka Poulova's Ch & Cz Ch Edbrios Exotica, Reserve BIS was Sean Carroll and James Newman's Papillon, Multi Ch Expansa's Sea Dragon Conqueror.
Photos: Berney Allan and Patrick Fortune
 
South Tipperary
 
South Tipperary Canine Club’s annual championship show was held at the Holycross GAA Grounds and was sponsored by Dr Clauders’s with Stewart Carson representing the group photographs. Making his championship debut to judge Best in Show at South Tipperary was Bryan Hegarty and from the ten group winners, his choice for BIS was the American Akita, Ch Cannonbar Assassins Creed, owned by Craig Bannon and Niamh Carroll, RBIS was awarded to Tom and Annie Mervyn’s GSHP, Sh Ch Tomanipoint Celtic Knight.
 
Fermoy International
 
The fourth international dog show of the year was held at the Ferryhouse Sports Complex in Clonmel, hosted by Fermoy Canine Club, the show was generously sponsored by ROYAL CANIN with Breeder Manager Mary Davidson and her team representing the sponsors in the photographs. An excellent entry of 1,426 dogs from home and further afield awaited the international panel of judges. Val Coghlan was Best in Show judge elect and his winner was Jimmy Duggan’s Siberian Husky, Ch Leorient Flying Solo, handled to victory by wife Anita Foley-Duggan. Reserve Best in Show was the Bullmastiff, Claire and Paul Hanna and Shannon McBride’s Fullhouse Bulls Icotchin Or Wot At Ardhub.
 
Hibernian
 
The National Show Centre was the venue for Hibernian Dog Club’s 41st Championship show. Generously sponsored by Royal Canin, with Breeder Manager, Mary Davidson, on hand to advise her many customers and hand out the prizes, the show had an entry of 1,166 under a panel of international and Irish judges. It was a triumphant return to Ireland for the English Springer Spaniel, Ed Casey & Cam Cavallo’s GB Sh Ch & Aust Supreme Ch Sandicam The Look of Love, winning Best In Show under John O’Hanlon. John’s RBIS was the homebred Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Ivor & Michelle Keelan’s Tejas Heartbreaker.
 
Munster Canine
 
 
Cork
 
Munster Canine championship show was held at the Cork Marts in Fermoy. An all Irish panel of judges, headed up by All Breeds judge Anthony Kelly from Limerick, had the task of choosing Best in Show from the 10 group winning dogs, his choice falling to the American Cocker Spaniel, Colm Beattie, Bea Van Zanten and Joep Reuvers’ Nl, Sk, Lu & Int Ch Colorfulls Pride And Predjudice. Reserve Best in Show under Anthony was Sean Carroll & James Newman’s Papillon, Multi Ch Expana's Sea Dragon Conqueror.
Photos: Aidan Bourke and Patrick Fortune
Cork Championship show was hosted at the Mallow GAA grounds, a huge sprawling complex that provides lots of room for the show and all the accompanying tents and cars that is so vital for a venue, as well as housing a large clubhouse that caters for the food and drink so necessary for the exhibitors. The show was sponsored by ROYAL CANIN. Taking centre stage in the Best in Show ring was Finnish All Breeds judge, Tanja Ahlman-Stockmari, whose choice for Best in Show was Jalena Semjonova's Giant Schnauzer, Ch Robmarralee Back In Black. Reserve BIS was Chris and Hilary Laverty's Cocker Spaniel, Laveris Instyle.
Photos: Aidan Bourke
 
Swords International
 
Swords and District Canine Society International Championship show attracted an excellent entry of just over 1,500 dogs, supplemented by more entries from the Agility and Obedience disciplines. The show was sponsored by ROYAL CANIN, with Breeder Manager Mary Davidson and her team in evidence all day at the sponsors tent area. The honour of judging Best in Show at Swords & District Canine Society’s 40th Anniversary International championship show was bestowed on Tom Hehir and from the ten group finalists sent through from the international panel of judges, Tom’s choice for Best in Show was the Siberian Husky, Roma Giedraitiene's Kristari's Master Of Victory, with Reserve Best in Show awarded to the Papillon, Sean Carroll and James Newman's Multi Ch Expana's Sea Dragon Conqueror.
 
Kilkenny
 
Kilkenny Championship Show was held at St Patricks Hurling Club at Ballyragget, a venue that provides plenty of space for breed and group rings. The show was sponsored by HAPPY DOG, with Janice Allen representing the sponsor in the photographs. Taking her place centre stage to judge Best in Show was Madelene Rainey, finding her winner in Karen Weir's Smooth Haired Kaninchen Dachshund, Ch & Neths Ch Magik Rainbow Gloria. Reserve Best in Show was the Siberian Husky, Roma Giedraitiene's Kristari's Master Of Victory.
Photos: Berney Allen
 
Deise
 
Deise Championship show was held at the Tramore racecourse. The show, sponsored by HAPPY DOG, with Janice Allen representing in the photographs, had a panel of mainly home-grown Irish judges, spearheaded by Marie Claire Walsh, making her debut in the Best in Show ring.  Marie Claire Walsh's choice for Best in Show saw victory for the German Shepherd Dog, Alan Niblock, daughter Janice and son-in-law Lester Allen's Ch Knockwood Macey. Reserve Best in Show was Michael Clancy's Swedish import Tibetan Spaniel, Fladerlyckans Agren.
Photos: Patrick Fortune
 
Bray
 
Bray & District's championship show, held at the National Show Centre in Cloghran, with Secretary, Rose White, and her team well in evidence as the Society celebrated its 70th anniversary. Sponsored by Dr Clauder's with Stewart Carson representing in the photographs, the show, with a mainly Irish judging panel, and with quite a number of club shows holding their championship show in conjunction with Bray, attracted an entry of 1,050 dogs. Making her debut in the Best in Show ring was Diane O'Hara, whose choice for Best in Show was the American Akita, Melodor Sirius Black, owned by Adrian Parke and his breeder Chris McLean. Reserve Best in Show under Diane was Sean Carroll and James Newman’s Papillon, Multi Ch Expana's Sea Dragon Conqueror.
 
ILKA
 
 
The 22nd Irish Ladies Kennel Association championship show was held at Cloghran, the show sponsored by PETMASTER, represented by Mervyn Webb in the photgraphs, was laid out indoors in the association’s distinctive lilac livery, attracted an entry of 1,076 dogs. It was a first time lady judge making her debut ring centre at the Irish Ladies Kennel Association, this year the honour bestowed upon Cathy Loughlin and from the ten group winners, made it a day to remember for John and Ann Canty when their Irish Terrier, Nezhnoye Plamya Udachny Vybor, was declared Best in Show. Reserve Best in Show under Cathy was the American Cocker Spaniel, Lisa Nelson, Leanne Bryant and Bev Morris' Am Ch Silhouette Troubling Nasailleen With Mycalleys.
Sligo
 
 
Sligo & District Canine Club celebrated their 20th anniversary championship show at the Allen Sports Complex in Newtownforbes, County Longford. Sponsored by Dr Clauder's, represented in the photographic coverage by Stewart Carson, the show had attracted an entry of just over 1,000 dogs for the judging panel. Philip O’Brien made his Best in Show judging debut at Sligo, selecting from the ten group finalists Brendan Nolan's Whippet, Collooney Candy Floss. Reserve Best in Show under Philip was  the French imported Weimaraner owned by Morag and David Connolly, Jack In The Box Du Val Gehel'n At Huntly.
Photos by Berney Allen
Munster Agricultural
 
 
Munster Agricultural Society hosted its Championship show at the society's show grounds at Curraheen. Sponsored by Dr Clauder’s with Stewart Carson in the pics, the society had assembled an experienced panel of judges from home and abroad, running the rule over an increased entry of just under 950 dogs. Tom Mather from England took to the big ring at Munster Ag to award Best in Show, the award going to Stewart and his mother Heather Cummings’ Pointer, Sh Ch Kanix Kroner At Sevenhills. Reserve BIS was the American Cocker Spaniel, Lisa Nelson, Leanne Bryant and Beverley Morris' Am Ch & GB Sh Ch Silhouette Troubling Nasailleen With Mycalleys.
Photos by Aiden Bourke and Patrick Fortune
Newtownards
 
 
Newtownards & District Canine Club championship show held at the Ards Rugby Club and sponsored by Dr Clauder’s, with Stewart Carson representing in the photographs. From an entry of almost 1,000 dogs the victor was the Pointer, Stewart and Heather Cummings, Sh Ch Kanix Kroner At Sevenhills, awarded Best in Show by John Minchin. Reserve BIS under John Minchin who was making his debut in the big ring, wasJalena Semjonova's Giant Schnauzer, Velournoir Callisto Tammy.
Monkstown
 
 
Dun Laoghaire Canine Society, known also as Monkstown, held their their 83rd Championship show at the National Show Centre in Cloghran. The show was sponsored by HAPPY DOG, with Jackie & Andrea Stubbs representing in the photographs, the totally Irish judging panel attracted an entry of of 1,021 dogs with a further 115 dogs for the ever popular Obedience and Agility disciplines. Lynda Matthews, took her first Best in Show appointment and from the ten group winners, she picked group 9 winning Papillon, Sean Carroll and James Newman's Multi Ch Expana's Sea Dragon Conqueror for Best in Show, with RBIS awarded to the Rhodesian Ridgeback, Jane and Geordie Anthony's Rottzridge Nemesis.
Photos: Berney Allen
 
Coleraine
 
 
Coleraine & District’s Championship show was held at the NSC Cloghran, sponsored by Dr Clauder’s with Stewart Carson representing in the photos, and had drawn a good entry for the home based panel of Irish judges. Taking his place in the big ring to judge Best in Show was Gerry McFaul, from the ten group finalists, he awarded Best in Show to the Chow, Olive Taylor’s Ch & GB Ch Chivas Royal Djalo At Taylorian. Reserve Best in Show under Gerry McFaul was the recently titled Kerry Blue Terrier, Ch & Am Ch Melbees Great Expectations For Irisblu, owned by Mark McGonagle and Harold Quigg.
Photos: Berney Allen & Patrick Fortune
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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