BICHON BEAU TOPS SWORDS !
Best in Show at Swords 2012 was Ashling Connolly’s Bichon Frise CH Ashmair Double Act, seen here with Best in Show judge Kay Creamer,
Royal Canin representative Maria Connors and Swords and District Canine Society Chairman Tom Hehir.
One of the top shows of the year took place in Ireland last Saturday 16th June when the Swords and District Canine Society held their very popular Championship show at the National Show Centre which is in the society’s local area so it was something of a ‘home match’ for the organising team led by Chairman Tom Hehir, Secretary Philip Behan, Vice Chairman Michael Gavin and PRO Pat Hehir.
The team made the decision mid week to bring the main part of the show indoors with a poor weather forecast on the horizon for the Saturday and with all of the groups and Best in Show taking place inside with the majority of the breed judging, it was once again an excellent event with the exhibitors delighted with the comfort and attention to detail afforded them.
Royal Canin have built up a strong relationship with the society over the years and there was plenty of product for the main winners aswell as some great prize money. Kay Creamer of the Cretoka Cockers and one of the real ladies of the Irish show scene had the pleasure of making the main awards and it was a very popular choice from an impressive Best in Show line up when Kay selected Ashling Connolly’s top winning Bichon Frise CH Ashmair Double Act who had earlier topped Group 9 under Poland’s Zofia Konderia as her Swords BIS 2012 winner.
‘Beau’ has had a fantastic few months having been crowned the Top Irish Show Dog Finals winner in February gaining the invitation to the Eukanuba World Challenge to represent Ireland next December in Orlando.
He was also crowned the Combined Canine Club Pup of the Year in April and has 2 CC’s in the UK.
At Swords he also took the top spot in the Royal Canin sponsored Champion Stakes under Laura Cox of the famous Coxgal Bull Terriers so it was a great day for the Dublin based Ashmair team. This was also Ashling’s third Swords Best in Show with her Bichons during the last ten years so the show is definitely a happy hunting ground for Ashmair.
The qualifying rounds for the Combined Canine Club GAIN Pup of the Year 2012 final continued at Swords where the Puppy Stakes class was judged by Laura Cox of the Coxgal Terriers and topping the entry of 42 was Navan exhibitor Karen Murphy and her Japanese Chin Nisyros Loubouchin who are seen here with GAIN dog food representative Sean Martin.
Swords and District Canine Society Chairman Tom Hehir escorted Best in Show judge Kay Creamer in to the main ring for the finale judging at the show.
Full Report and more photos in the next issue of OUR DOGS IRELAND