The NECGB Championship Show held near Coventry is one of the highlights of the show calendar, and this year it proved to be exceptionally so for us.
Winning his 3rd CC (which gives him his UK title) was our American import, SBIS Am Gr Ch/Can Ch Kamgaard Kut Above (co-owned by Stuart Horner, Sally Simmonds and Maggie Mott). Kobi is 8 years old and was handled to his title by Stuart, who is himself 78 years of age. So you might say that the oldies proved that they've both still got it!
As well as winning the Dog CC and Best Opposite Sex, Kobi was also Best Veteran In Show. What is especially pleasing is that Maggie was at ringside to see Kobi's win!
Another nice win at the show was 1st in the Brood Bitch class for Siri (Am Ch Kamgaard Kiamesha), co-owned by Vanessa and Bryony Gray. The win is depicted in this photo which was taken by Ali Cullen. The team wore knitted waistcoats which Ness handmade over a period of 8 months (without her knowing the relative sizes of the people that would be wearing them, which was challenging - I think young Lucy Cullen still has a bit of growing to do to fit hers!). Siri's son, Flint (Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW) was awarded the Reserve Dog CC at the show and 2 others from the same litter also won 1st places.
A fabulous day was had at the NECGB AGM and Contest of Champions yesterday.
Firstly, the points trophies were awarded for wins over the course of 2016. Mya (Grasilva Cruggleton With Laakso), owned by Tanja Mortimer was confirmed as the top-winning Norwegian elkhound puppy of 2016. She is by our Kobi out of Ch Grasilva Gwendoline Mary (a daughter of my Raider). Flint (Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW), bred by Bryony Gray and Vanessa McHugh and owned by Alan and Helen Tress and Katherine Gilluley had to make do with the trophy for top male puppy. However, he was also confirmed as the top points-winning male Norwegian elkhound in the UK in 2016! At the other end of the age spectrum, Kobi (SBIS Am Gr Ch/Can Ch Kamgaard Kut Above) was named as the top-winning veteran of last year. He is co-owned by Stuart Horner with Sally Simmonds and Maggie Mott. Top brood bitch in the UK (based on points won by offspring over the course of the year) was Flint's mother Siri (Am Ch Kamgaard Kiamesha), co-owned by Bryony Gray and Vanessa McHugh.
Later in the day and at the same venue, the Contest of Champions took place, and this time, Flint came out on top as the Puppy of the Year, with litter sister, Bryony's own Tia (Grasilva Silver Vine), chosen as Puppy Bitch of the Year. Flint was also the winning male in the Stud Book Challenge.
We are excited to see what the future holds for these and other young dogs connected to us.
Siri (Am Ch Kamgaard Kiamesha) won the RCC at Midland Counties for the second year running, this time under Serena Parker. She was once again handled by her co-breeder, Maggie Mott (Kamgaard).
"Eyecatching girl with everything in the right place, lovely head & expression, correct forehand, good body, tailset & hindquarters. She moved true both ways & covered the ground well, shown in good coat & conditioning she was not disgraced with the RCC in such good company."
This picture of Siri was taken earlier in the year, at East of England.
She was not the only family member to find success on the day. Son Flint (Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro) won the other RCC and young daughter Tia (Grasilva Silver Vine) was Reserve Best Bitch at the NECGB Open Show, hled later in the day.
[First posted 24 October 2015]
Siri (Am Ch Kamgaard Kiamesha) made her debut this month and picked up the RCC here, at only her second show in the UK, under breed specialist Peter Hudson.
She was handled by her co-breeder, Maggie Mott, with co-breeder Sally Simmonds looking on. Thank you, Maggie, for handling Siri so beautifully to this win.
Siri is co-owned by Bryony Gray (Grasilva) and Vanessa McHugh (Conrick).
[First posted March - April 2015]
....twice in fact! Kobi (SBIS Am Grand Ch & Can Ch Kamgaard Kut Above) sired his first UK litter in March. The litter was born at the home of the Ellahyde Norwegian Elkhounds. We look forward to seeing some of this litter in the ring later in the year.
In April, the lovely import, Siri (Am Ch Kamgaard Kiamesha), safely delivered her first litter at Grasilva. Bryony and I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity of using the very beautiful Rock (Am Ch Horizon Rock Solid), whom we had seen go Winners Dog and Best of Winners at the NEAA Specialty in Boston in April 2014. We believe that this linebred litter will enhance and enrich the tiny UK gene pool. We can't wait for some of this litter to also make their debut in the ring.
The ring is going to be an interesting (and competitive) place in the autumn!
I'm a second-generation Norwegian elkhound owner, exhibitor, breeder and judge.