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Proceeds for the evening go to Abigail's Footsteps
Pauline and I would like to thank the Dover and Deal CS and the organising committee for inviting us to judge the Kent Super Match on 20th February. This event has been going for some 26 years and has raised thousands of pounds for very good causes and this year was no exception.
There were 42 dogs entered with only one or two absentees. The overall quality of the dogs judged was excellent which is hardly surprising given that they all have to qualify to participate in this event.
Pauline judged the Puppies and Veterans, finding her Best Puppy in a pointer called 'Wilburt' owned by Welch and Hazeltine, a quality youngster who had strong opposition in the form of the Blackburn's Alaskan Malamute 'Shadow'.
When it came to the Veterans Pauline wished to emphasise that all the Veterans of which there were seven in total were of excellent quality, and in particular Mrs Sutton's Std Longhaired Dachsund 'Sonny' and De Souza and Woodgate's Saluki 'Jai' could easily have taken 'top honours' but in the end the Best Veteran was Mrs Taylor's Alaskan Malamute 'Mina'.
I judged the Adult dogs of which there were nineteen in total. Some dogs of good quality were not comfortable in their surroundings and therefore were not able to give of their best. Most notably this applied to the Rottweiler 'Taylor' owned by Tousent and Crawley, who proved a real handful and was perhaps unlucky to come against the eventual Best Adult winner in the first round, the Greyhound 'Pandora' owned by Claire Boggia. This bitch showed her socks off all evening and was perfectly handled and presented throughout.
I would like to make mention of two other adults in particular the Stacey's Border Collie 'Ozzie' a more than worthy finalist and a very nice example of the Breed, and Mrs Clarke's Norwegian Elkhound 'Nonni' who for me never put a foot wrong and was the 'take home dog of the night'!
So the final brought together the Puppy Pointer, the Adult Greyhound and the Veteran Alaskan Malamute. Taking all things into account we quickly agreed that the worthy winner of the Kent Super Match 2016 was the eight year old Alaskan Malamute 'Mina'. Simon Luxmoore
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Kent Superdog 2015
The Ramada Hotel Whitfield, Dover, Kent.
Saturday 20 February 2016
JUDGES: Simon & Pauline Luxmoore
Kent Superdog 2012