Acknowledged around the world as an expert on the breed, Ralf Campbell judged the Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain Championship Show. This "Sapphire Show" celebrated 45 years since the first Championship Show in 1973. As we celebrated our 40th anniversary in the breed this year, we realised that we had been present at almost all of them, bar the first few.....
We particularly appreciated that every dog at the Show was given an opportunity to have its pedigree published in the catalogue. A really nice touch, which gave a good overview of where the breed is at in terms of bloodlines and diversity. Not all of the pedigrees were completed, which was a shame, especially as I would have been more than happy to fill in the gaps, pedigree compilation having been a hobby of mine for the last 38 years.
Gunnar (Kinderhorn Espen of Conrick) was awarded 1st place in a well-filled Limit Dog class. There were 4 entries in the Special Veteran Dog 7 - 10 years, which Kobi (Ch/Am Gr Ch/ Can Ch Kamgaard Kut Above) won. But the star of the day was Kobi's son, Tóki (Ellahyde Fine N' Dandi), who was awarded the RCC from Post Graduate. His critique read "Squarely built dog of excellent type of correct size and proportions. Wedge shaped head with well set and carried ears. Strong back which is firm both in movement and stance. Well moulded croup, tail a bit short but curled centrally over the back. Moves with ease keeping a firm topline, good quality coat." Such a wonderful accolade from a hunter/breeder/judge from the breed's country of origin. I was very pleased that both Tóki and the Dog CC winner (the Simms' exciting young dog Seasara Earl Grey) are grandchildren of Huistenbosch Aksel at Breckslake, a son of Conrick Bereth and Gunnar's sire also.
I'm a second-generation Norwegian elkhound owner, exhibitor, breeder and judge.