2014 News Blog
Lucie has a day out with our friend Jenny Shorer-Wheeler at Sleaford & District CS who ably handles her to take 1st in Open Dog or Bitch under Breed Judge Anne Nevinson (Wintalakes) and then wins us some money by taking VHC with her in the AV Open Bitch Stakes under Ron James (Jasmome).
Round 4 of the Allerton Weightpull Championship today and all day dogs and humans endure endless rain and wind. The conditions aren't in Lucie's favour and her final weight pulled is 1200lb (18.75x her bodyweight).
Harry is on good form and pulls an equal PB of 1600lb, which at over 23x his bodyweight earns him a 2nd WWPDA leg at only his 4th competitive pull (had he been one place higher in his class it would have been a WWPDX leg)! But more significant today, he closes his very first AMCA Working title, and subject to confirmation can now be written as "Viking Fenrir Kin Of Kiyara's Wolf Pak WWPD" - am very proud!
At Lincoln CS Open Show today we are competing in AVNSC Working under judge Billy Henderson (Tuwos) where both Harry & Lucie are placed Reserve in their respective Post Graduate & Open classes against nice competition.
Round 3 of the Allerton Weightpull Championship today. Lucie isn't at her best, missing her 1400lb pull to make her final weight pulled 1200lb
(18.75x her bodyweight).
Harry however works very hard and manages 1600lb, over 23x his bodyweight, to come 4th of 17 in his class and earn not only his third WWPD leg but also his first WWPDA / WWPDX leg - very proud of my young man!
A girly day out with Lucie and myself heading to Houghton Le Spring CS Open Show. I am delighted to report she not only won, under judge Kirsteen Farrar (Darkpeak), 1st Open Dog or Bitch but went on to take Best of Breed and then topped it off with Working Group 1. Very pleased!
At Nottingham Sherwood Forresters KA Open Show today, Lucie places 3rd Open Dog or Bitch and Harry places VHC Post Graduate Dog or Bitch under replacement judge Barry Blunden (Licassa). Thank you to my friends Janine Horsman-Phoenix & Marina Page for the below pictures.
Today we say happy birthday to Maya who is 11 years old and still as lively as ever!
Round 2 of the Allerton Park Championship Weightpull. Harry earns his second AMCA WWPD leg with a pull of 1400lb (over 19x his bodyweight). Lucie misses out on her 1500lb pull, making her final weight 1300lb (over 20x her bodyweight).
A great day at Hyde & District CS Open Show. Harry places 2nd Post Graduate Dog or Bitch and Lucie places 1st Open Dog or Bitch and goes onto take Best of Breed under Breed Specialist judge Louise Forster (Kachemak).
We head North of the border to Working & Pastoral Breeds Association of Scotland Championship Show today, where it is a blue card day for us under breed specialist Anne Nevinson (Wintalakes). Harry places 2nd Post Graduate Dog, Lucie places 2nd Open Bitch and I also handle the lovely Chena on behalf of her owner, who takes 2nd Veteran Bitch.
A nice day out at Grantham & District CS Open Show where under Breed Judge James Syson, Lucie places 1st Open Dog or Bitch and Harry places 2nd Post Graduate Dog or Bitch (behind the BOB winner, no less)!
At South Wales KA Championship Show, Lucie enjoys a day out with friends and is aptly handled to VHC in Open Bitch by Charlotte Druce under judge Helen Burke (Firedragon).
Meanwhile, further North, Harry has his first competitive weightpull in the Allerton Weightpull Championship, where I am pleased to report he earns a first AMCA WWPD Leg by pulling 1200lb, circa 16x his bodyweight. I make the decision to withdraw him from competition after this point, feeling he has worked hard enough for his first attempt - we are looking forward to Round 2!
Today we take advantage of the cooling weather, so Harry and I head up to the Lake District where we do an 11 mile walk around Buttermere with friends, with Harry carrying 30% of his bodyweight to earn his first WPD leg.
Today Harry has a brief trip into the ring at the AMCUK Championship show, where he places VHC in Yearling Dog under Judge Jeremy Brown (Byeyo).
Today I am at Driffield Championship Show, where I am super happy with Harry taking 1st in Yearling Dog under judge Dave Killilea (Redwitch).
Harry and I have a nice day out at Darlington Championship Show. No luck in breed judging, but I am super pleased with him taking VHC against a strong entry of 15 in the Northern Event Structures Yearling Stakes under Judge Christina Chapman (Bukris).
Lucie and I travel to Richmond Championship Show where under judge Liz Dunhill (Vorumund / Fantasa) she places 3rd Open Bitch.
At City of Birmingham Championship Show today, Harry takes Reserve in Junior Dog under judge Mary Deats (Aradet).
We travel to Scotland today for SKC Championship Show. Under our judge Lorraine Bolton (Rikarlo), Harry places 2nd Junior Dog and Lucie places 3rd Open Bitch. I also handle Louise & John Forsters Chena - Hawkam Kruzin On By To Kachemak WPD WTD WWPD WWPDX - and am delighted to see her win a nice Veteran Bitch class.
It was a drive West to Wales for WKC Championship Show today, where under judge Dr Ron James (Jasmome) Harry takes 2nd in Junior Dog.
A wet and windy day at Bournemouth Championship Show confined us to the wet weather rings, but that didn't stop us having a decent day out with Harry and Lucie both taking 3rd in their respective classes - Junior Dog and Open Bitch - under our judge Terry Munro (Stornum).
We start the month with a good set of results at North East of England Working & Pastoral Breeds Open Show today, where under our judge for the day Mark Taylor (Annmar) Harry places 1st Junior Dog or Bitch, and Lucie takes 1st Open Dog or Bitch and Reserve Best of Breed.
At Ryedale Pickering & Lyth Agricultural Society Open Show today, Harry places 1st AV Working Junior Dog or Bitch, and Lucie places 3rd AV Working Open Dog or Bitch under judge Howard Ogden (Beauville).
A lovely - but incredibly warm - day out at Leeds Championship Show where under replacement judge Jeff Horswell (Drakesleat) Lucie places 2nd in a strong Open Bitch class, and Harry places Reserve in Junior Dog.
Today we say happy 7th birthday to Stan the Man - officially a veteran but always my little boy!
What a fantastic day!
It started off at Evesham & District CS Open Show, where we had two B List breed specialists for each gender. Under judge Jane Brook (Snobruk) Harry placed 2nd in Junior Dog, and under judge Maureen Boyd Lucie places 1st Open Bitch and Reserve Best Bitch.
We then went across the road to the AMCUK Speciality Open Show where we had a huge ring to enjoy, and our judge for the day was Averil Cawthera-Purdey (Lireva).
I am proud to say Lucie was awarded 1st in Open Bitch, Best Bitch in Show, Best Opposite Sex in Show and finally Reserve Best in Show. Proud to say the least!
Not to forget Harry who placed 2nd in Junior Dog, and who went on to place Reserve in Special Health Stakes Junior Dog or Bitch under judge Sean Gwynne.
At National Working & Pastoral Breeds Championship Show, Harry places Reserve in Junior Dog under judge Albert Wight (Sharval).
A good start to July for Harry where at East of England Championship Show, under David Cavill (Toveri), he places 2nd in Junior Dog, behind the RCC winner no less!
The weather was not very kind at Windsor Championship Show, however nonetheless Harry takes 3rd Junior Dog under our judge Lynne Salt (Woodlyn).
A beautiful sunny day at Blackpool Championship Show where under respected all-round Frank Kane (Hirontower) Harry places 1st in Junior
Lucie is unplaced in a very strong Open Bitch class of 17 lovely girls but puts on a good performance.
A good day out at Northwich & District CS Open Show where under Breed Specialist Lisa Mort (Arcticbreeze) Harry places 1st Junior Dog or Bitch, and Lucie places 1st Open Dog or Bitch and goes on to win Best of Breed.
Today we travel up to Scotland, where at Border Union Championship Show, Harry places 3rd in Junior Dog under Judge Dolores Montgomery.
Today at Three Counties Championship Show, Harry places 3rd in Junior Dog under Breed Specialist judge John Phillips (Stormwinds).
We start the month well with a trip to Crewe & District CS Open Show where under judge Joan Sheehan (Amaqqut) Harry places 1st Junior Dog or Bitch.
Today we were in Edinburgh for the Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show where Harry has fun taking 2nd Junior Dog and Lucie places a respectable Reserve in Open Bitch. I also handle Louise & John Forsters lovely Chena - Hawkam Kruzin On By To Kachemak WPD WTD WWPD WWPDX - to Reserve in Veteran Bitch.
After a brief break from the show ring, Harry and I venture down to Staffordshire for the Birmingham National Championship Show, where I am delighted that despite a distinct lack of coat, he places 1st Junior Dog under Spitz Specialist Christina Chapman (Bukris), qualifying him for Crufts 2015.
Today it's back to Allerton where Lucie heads out for a run with her friend Falco - Falco Huk Amarok For Nordicwinds WWPD - owned by Jonathon & Janine Horsman-Phoenix. They complete around 12 miles together and come back muddy but happy, earning them both an AMCA WTD leg. I am proud to say that this leg closes my young ladies AMCA WTD title, giving her the formal name of Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin WPD WTD* WWPD WWPDA WWPDX (*Subject to AMCA Approval). Big thank you to Jonathon for running them.
Today was the last Allerton Weightpull of the season and despite intermittent rain many dogs were on fine form; Harry looks to be ready for
competition next season, pulling his 1000lb in novice class with no issues, and Lucie does me proud with a pull of 1800lb, over 28x her bodyweight
(a new Personal Best) and despite missing a pull at the start of the season only just misses out on a trophy in the end of season presentation, coming 4th in the 61-80lb class for the overall
Championship against 32 qualifying dogs.
To round the day off we got to enjoy a yummy BBQ afterwards too - a most enjoyable day, and big thank yous to Myra & Keith Butler, and Andy Scott & Jackie Wheatley for their hard work organising these events!
Today is a very special day, as we get to say a Happy 4th Birthday to my very special girl Lucie.
So how did we choose to celebrate her birthday? With 24 miles of backpacking and circa 2000 feet of elevation in the beautiful Lake District scenery, camping with a group of friends and earning her first leg towards her WPDA title. Carrying 30% of her bodyweight and with warm weather in the equation, I am very proud of her hard work and safe to say she slept well! Thank you to Ian Elliot and Aimee Campbell for organising and leading the way, and to all who snapped some photos for the below album:
Today was the announcement of the 2013 Malamute Of the Year Awards (MOYA) winners, and some good results for my small showteam.
Lucie - Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin WPD WWPDX - placed 5th Top Bitch & 8th Top Malamute overall; Harry - Viking Fenrir Kin Of Kiyara's Wolf Pak - placed 10th Top Puppy and 12th Top Import from only 3 months of showing.
Congratulations to all who placed so well, but extra familial well dones to Lucie's Dad Bullit - BIS / BISS / BVISS UK CH Snowolf Canuck Bullit ShCM - and his proud owner / breeder Sharon on Best Overall Veteran, 5th Top Dog, 11th Top Malamute and 6th Top Stud Dog - clever boy!
Today is Round 8 and the final pull of the Allerton Championship, and penultimate competitive weightpull of the season.
Harry sticks to novice class where I am pleased that he pulls 1000lb with ease and really seems to be understanding what he needs to do.
Lucie, at 63lb is today the lightest dog competing in the 61-80lb class where she pulls 1600lb, and with it a new percentage PB of 25.4 x her bodyweight, coming 9th in an entry of 21 dogs.
Round 7 of the Allerton Championship weightpull is a dry and breezy day, making for nice pulling conditions.
Harry sticks to novice class where his technique is continuing to improve.
Lucie is in the 61-80lb class where she pulls a respectable 1600lb (24.62 x her bodyweight) to come 6th out of an entry of 15 dogs.
Today was the prestigious Crufts Championship Show, where around 200 Malamutes are exhibiting under breed specialist judge Kath Howarth (Hawkam).
I am incredibly proud of Lucie who takes Reserve in a strong Limit Bitch class of 25 entries (9 Abs). Harry is unplaced in a 10 strong Special Puppy Dog class but is a good boy and enjoys his day out.
Well done to everybody competing.
A good start to March at Ashton & Makerfield CS Open Show where Lucie takes 1st Open & Best Of Breed, and Harry takes 1st Junior & Best Puppy in Breed under substitute judge Elias Vorrias (Chalksville). Not a show judged on the group system, so decided to skip BIS / BPIS in judging, but am pleased to report Harry also took 4th in the Puppy Stakes, and Lucie 3rd in the Open Stakes under Judge John Finney (Sanguliano), winning me a bit of lunch money. Not a bad days work.
What an enjoyable day at Allerton with good weather, good comapny and tough competition!
Lucie pulls 1500lb (over 22x her bodyweight) to come 8th in a 22 strong 61-80lb class. For the first time I let Harry pull to the maximum Novice Class weight of 1000lb, which he completes with no treats, just vocal commands; still a lot of bouncing in his technique but he's definitely getting there!
It is a bit of de ja vu with the class placings at Spennymoor & District CS Open Show today, where under Judge Kim Porritt (Blizzardrun) Lucie takes 2nd Open Dog or Bitch behind the BOB Winner and Harry takes 2nd in Post Graduate Dog or Bitch. He then goes on to take Best Puppy in Breed, and Working Puppy Group 4 in a group of 8 lovely puppies under Group Judge Les Strudwick (Kumamatata).
February starts much the way January ended, with Harry and I taking a solo trip to Darlington & District Canine Society Open Show today. Under judge Darren Clarke (Peluche) he wins 1st Post Graduate Dog of Bitch, Best of Breed, Best Puppy in Breed and Working Puppy Group 4. He later takes Reserve in the Puppy Dog Stakes under Jeff Horswell (Drakesleat), winning me a whole £2!
Harry and I take a solo trip to The Northern Dog Club Open Show today where under judge Sylvia Monaghan (Nostradamos) he wins 1st Graduate Dog of Bitch, Best of Breed, Best Puppy in Breed and most excitingly, Working Group 4 in a lovely group of 9 BOB Winners. Very pleased with my young man!
In stark contrast to the grooming of yesterdays show, it is mud and rain at the Allerton Weight Pull today, making for slippery pulling conditions.
Lucie is in the 61-80lb class and struggles to get traction, ultimately pulling 1400lb (over 21x her bodyweight) to get 5th in her class.
Harry has a fab time in novice class and tries pulling without the lead for the first time with great success. Well worth getting rained on!
A great start to the year at Manchester Championship Show where under judge Richard Kinsey (Kitarn) Harry takes 2nd Puppy Dog and Lucie takes VHC in a nice Limit Bitch class (13 Entries, 1 Absent).