IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 BEST IN SHOW
John J Walsh was judging Best In Show and it was Yvonne Cannon who took the Best in Show rosette for her Shih Tzu, Ch Cloughlea Dare To Believe, ‘Max’, who finished 5th overall in the POTY last Easter, also had a group win and a Reserve Best in Show at Portadown Ch Show last year under Anita Foley Duggan, just two weeks before his 2nd birthday. John then made the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Melanie Corcoran’s Ch & UK Ch Zakstaff What’s The Story at Molru, his Reserve BIS winner, ‘Rory’ having earlier won his first ever group or group placing under Marie Hogarty; Staffies rarely seem to hit the top in Group 3 for some reason, even though this dog was fresh from taking his 4th CC at Crufts the previous weekend.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 BEST IN SHOW
John J Walsh was judging Best In Show and it was Yvonne Cannon who took the Best in Show rosette for her Shih Tzu, Ch Cloughlea Dare To Believe.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 BEST BABY PUPPY IN SHOW
Best Baby Puppy in Show under BIS judge John Walsh was Diane Stewart Ritchie’s Irish Setter, Gwendarrif The Catz Wiskers, bred by Diane and co owned wth Ruth and Ann Longbottom in England. Five months old ‘LuLu’s sire is the Crufts BOB winner,Sh Ch & GB Sh Ch Northamber Just Cause for Glenavna. Runner up was the Dobermann Pinscher, Stephen Richardson and Frank Carberry’s Rokpinsch Denzel; ‘Ramos’ is also 5 months old – so a nice start for these youngsters. Séan Martin represents sponsors, Gain Petfoods.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 BEST BABY PUPPY IN SHOW
Best Baby Puppy in Show under BIS judge John Walsh was Diane Stewart Ritchie’s Irish Setter, Gwendarrif The Catz Wiskers, bred by Diane and co owned wth Ruth and Ann Longbottom in England
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 CHAMPION STAKES
Ralph Dunne judged the Champion Stakes and had an excellent entry of 37 dogs, here his winner was the Kerry Blue, ‘Harry’, Cork BIS winning Ch & GB Ch Kebulak Dirty Harry, handled by Cathy Neill who owns him in partnership with breeder, Cara Davani. With six group wins in 2012, ‘Harry’ finished the year top Kerry. Runner up was Sally Burns and Mary Coghlan’s Toy Poodle, Ch Valentine Something Special, group winner at ILKA last July.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 PUPPY STAKES
Ralph Dunne of the Richley Clumber Spaniels (and now Jack Russell terriers) judged all the stakes classes at Celtic Winners and he had a great entry of 82 in the Puppy Stakes, with his winner being Eamon Keenan’s Lhasa Apso, Heneva Raising The Bets, now off to the POTY in 2014, while Seamus and Maura Gettings’ Dobermann baby, Beechillawn Mo Farrah, was 2nd. Both are homebred and the Dobe at his first championship show.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 JUNIOR STAKES
Ralph Dunne judged the 45 dogs entered in the Junior Stakes and selected for his overall winner Liz Wogan’s Keeshond, Neradmic Beach Boy avec Deminiac. ‘Wilson’ won Special Junior Dog at Crufts, and today took his first GS with BOB.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 VETERAN STAKES
Topping the Veteran Stakes under Ralph Dunne was Eamon and Ann White’s ever young BSD Tervueren, Ch Revloch Ready Teddy Go To Whitandon; ‘Lennox’, Veteran of the Year’ on the ICP/Royal Canin Leaderboard in 2011, and runner up for 2012, while 2nd was Gerry and Mary Hickey’s Finnish Spitz, Ch Kilconnell Cheekie Tovorla.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 GROUP 1
Group 1 was judged by Heather Salmon Wilson, who, together with husband, Ian, had judged all the breeds in the group, and she gave Geraldine Mulrooney the group winners rosette for her homebred Old English Sheepdog, 13 months old Bellablue Fellabreda; Féile at his first ever show and earlier having taken his first Green Star and BOB. Group 2nd and also taking a first group place, was Catriona Dunne’s Shetland Sheepdog, Japara Designed To Dazzle at Longrange Jun Ch, last year’s Celtic Junior Winner.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 GROUP 2
Topping Group 2 under Patricia Kehoe was Austin and Anne Long Doyle’s St Bernard, Ch Il Divo Roly by Longsdyle, ‘Roly’ Group and BIS last December 27th at Dublin Dog Show Society; ‘Roly’, is on a roll again, following his run in 2012 when he finished Top Group 2 dog on the ICP/Connolly’s Red Mills Leaderboard. Taking the 2nd spot here was Willie and Mandy Dobbin’s Newfoundland, multi Group and BIS winning Ch & GB Ch Brooklynbear Nijinsky, piloted as ever by son, William.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 GROUP 3
Marie Hogarty was running the rule over Group 3 and she found her winner in Melanie Corcoran’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Ch & GB Ch Zakstaff Whats The Story at Molru, CJW here last year, who finished Reserve Best in Show later in the day. Second to ‘Rory’ was Marbeth Owens’ West Highland White Terrier, Ch & GB Ch Havasu Hot Rodd via Duncabary, handled by breeder, Ken Crockett.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 GROUP 4
Jean McClancy found her Group 4 winner in Seamus Dunne and Ann Shone’s Miniature Wire Haired, Ch Hanishan Solitaire Jun Ch, who was winning her second group, her first being Tralee on the circuit in 2012. Taking Group 2nd was Gerry McFaul’s top winning Standard Long Haired, Ch & GB Ch Dachville Special Blend, ‘Jill’ with 8 groups last year and 8 CCs to her credit, was Top Dachsund 2012 last year on the ICP/Connolly’s Leaderboard and Top UK Long Haired Bitch in ’11 and ’12.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 GROUP 5
The young Chow Chow, Olive Taylor’s Cladev’s Star Struck with Taylorian, who finished BIS 4, took Group 5 under Anita Foley Duggan, who gave 2nd place to Amanda Sammon’s Japanese Shiba Inu, Ch Sakanda’s Wishinonastar Jun Ch & An Ch’11 & ‘12, his first top group placing.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 GROUP 6
Serena Parker was over on one of her visits to Ireland and won Group 6 under Stephen O’Brien with her Beagle, UK Ch Serenaker Foxtrot, owned with Graham Stevens; made up at Crufts 2012, he was also Group 4 at WELKS last year. Runner up was Mrs A Cobb-Magill’s Dalmatian, Int, Nord, N, DK & Ger Ch Spotnik’s Diva Deluxe, earlier having taken GSD and BOB under Steven who judged all of the Group 6 breeds.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 GROUP 7
Chris Hancock found his Group 7 winner in the English Setter, Aidan McKiernan’s CC winning Sh Ch Richecca Reach For the Skye; ‘Bailey’, a double BIS winner last year, won 8 groups in 2012 and was Top Group 7 dog on the Leaderboard. Stephenie Kelly handled mum Sharon’s Gordon Setter, Sh Ch Minvery’s Angus McDuff to 2nd place – he was the Group 7 winner at the Gundog Show last August.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 GROUP 8
Mary O’Donoghue of Philipstown Labrador fame, judged Group 8 and she chose Michele Knapp’s English Springer, Sh Ch Calvdale Thief Taker, who finished BIS 3, as her winner with Group 2nd to the American Cocker Spaniel, Billymac Jaxson, currently owned by the Kelly-Pilgrim and Price partnership, but shortly to aquire two more owners in the shape of Colm Beattie and wife, Rita, and fresh from his Mid Limit win at Crufts, and handled here by Colm.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 GROUP 9
Josie Foley sent through the eventual BIS winner, Yvonne Cannon’s Shih Tzu ‘Max’, Ch Cloughlea Dare To Believe, and she gave the second spot to Susan White’s Maltese, Ch Benatone Gold Jackpot; ‘Jack’won the Champion Stakes here last year, and he was also Group 2nd at Killarney ’12.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 GROUP 10
The Afghan Hound, Ch Valkor Rumor Has It, won Group 10 under Stephen O’Brien, much to the delight of owners John Minchin, Jane Edwards and Lyn Appleby, who handled her; ‘Krissy’ won the Petplan Junior Stakes here back in 2011, and has been a consistent winner since, and was to go on to greater things just a few months later taking her GB crown. Group 2nd went to the Irish Wolfhound, Gerry and Pauline Clarke’s Rhea of Shantamon, who later in the day took the Irish Native Breeds Group under Susan Kealy.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 IKC Dog of the Year Presentation
Sean Delmar, IKC President made the presentation to James Newman for his and Sean Carroll’s Papillon, Ch GB Slo Ger Mont & Int Ch Denemore Iconsruben, who is the Irish Kennel Club Dog of the Year 2012, having also claimed the award in 2011.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 IRISH BREEDS GROUP
Pauline and Gerry Clarke’s Irish Wolfound, Rhea of Shantamon, topped the Irish Breeds Group under judge, Susan Kealy who gave reserve to Joe Caulfield and Joanne Furlong’s Irish Water Spaniel, Sh Ch, GB Sh Ch & Int Ch Fynder On Shifting Ground. They are pictured here with sponsor, Gain Petfoods, representative, Séan Martin.
IKC CELTIC WINNER '13 Veteran of the Year Presentation
Veteran of the Year 2012 on the Irish Canine Press/Royal Canin Leaderboard, with a stunning 340 points, was the Afghan Hound, 11 years old Ch Kazdanabad Karlo Rossi, seen here with his handler, Mary Mulvaney. Making the presentation was IKC President, Séan Delmar, with Maria Collins of Royal Canin, Lyn Appleby who co owns him with John Minchin and Jane Edwards, and Des Manton of Irish Canine Press.
CELTIC WINNERS '13 BEST IN SHOW
Video courtesy of Howard Tonks