Proceeds for the evening go to Veterans With Dogs
Kent Super Dog is an event that I have read about year on year, which is hardly surprising as it is was in its 27th year. I was therefore delighted and privileged to be invited to be one of the two judges for this super event which is so professionally run by Dover & Deal Canine Society.
The venue was the Ramada Hotel at Whitfield nr Dover in a permanent marquee which was beautifully decorated and very welcoming. My co- judge, Liz Cartledge, and I were made most welcome by the Honorary Secretary, Heather Taylor and her hardworking Committee. It was a black tie affair and everyone was suitably “suited and booted”.
The event was sponsored by Royal Canin and was a fundraiser for the very worthwhile charity Veterans with Dogs which helps to provide and train dogs to support war veterans. The stories that the lady from that charity recounted were heart-warming and quite humbling. The society had a table heaving with tombola prizes and the ladies manning that did a brisk trade right from the outset so hopefully the fundraising side of the event was a success.
And so to the event itself. MC’s Jonathan Daltrey and Alan Brooks had everything running like clockwork and kept things moving with an informative and enjoyable commentary. Liz and I had to draw before we started and Liz drew the puppies and the veterans and I drew the adults.
The competition is run on a knockout system so it is quite possible that two really good dogs come up against each other in an early round and that did happen here. In fact some of my early rounds were close fought. Eventually I ended up with three very worthy adults only one of whom could go through to compete for the Kent Super Dog title against Liz’s best puppy and best veteran. In the final three of the adult competition I had an ultra -feminine Standard Poodle who was beautifully presented and handled, possessing a super head and typical proportions and a very feminine and workmanlike English Springer Spaniel of good type and in good condition. However the winner was Mrs Clarke’s Norwegian Elkhound, Ch Aftonlee Aurlie Winds Rolls Supreme. I liked her as soon as I saw her and every time she came in to the ring she continued to catch my eye. She possesses an excellent outline which gave her a super silhouette at all times, she could not stand wrong, was attentive to her handler and her obvious quality just shone through. In my opinion she was a very worthy winner of the adult competition.
The puppy, the adult and the veteran winners were then called back in to the ring and Liz and I had to decide between us which of the three was the overall winner of the Kent Super Dog title 2016. After further examination of the three we were in full agreement that the title should be awarded to the Alaskan Malamute puppy, Mr and Mrs Blackburn’s Cristakell April Shadows. This young man was on fine form, he has lovely bone, an imposing presence, a great outline, is balanced and has the correct tail. Where he really shone and defied the opposition was on the move. Even in a relatively small space for his size his movement was really good, particularly the rear. He must have a bright future. Close up to this young man were the lovely Norwegian Elkhound and the veteran American Cocker, Mrs and Miss Walden’s Fielgar Majestic Legend. In lovely condition for a veteran and typy with a decent head and flowing movement.
After the awarding of the prizes and the photographs the whole room sat down for a delicious three course meal which was served beautifully hot and Jonathan Daltrey conducted a charity auction which raising further money for the charity. The auction items included tours of the Kennel Club’s new building followed by lunch with the chief executive Rose Smart and Rose was a very welcome guest at this function.
So thank you Dover & Deal Canine Society for the opportunity to officiate at this event and thank you to the organisers and the participants for their professionalism and sportsmanship.
JUDGES: Liz Cartledge & Paul Eardley
Kent Superdog 2012