When Ashley, my grandson, was 12 years old I had great hopes for him. He and I had been to a number of dogs shows together, including Crufts and we've talked, at length, about the possibility of him showing the puppy I planned to keep from Poppy's litter in 2009. Now an 18 year old he has other interests but you can see his showing progress below.
21 March 2009
Ashley and Reiver (Linnburnhead Reed Warbler) at today's Three Ridings Labrador Club Show. This was Ashley's very first attempt at showing and with very little practice before the class, he managed to get VHC in the young handlers class (11-18 yr old).
Many thanks to Joanne McDonald (Marronoir Labradors) for allowing Ashley to take Reiver into the ring.
22 August 2009
Three Ridings Labrador Club Open Show 27 Sept 2009
21 October 2009
Huddersfield & District C A show
3rd in any variety minor puppy
2nd in any variety gundog - open
1st in any variety bred by exhibitor
Three Ridings Labrador Club Open Show 31 Jan 2010
20 March 2010
1 May 2010
Ashley qualifies for the Junior Handling Association semi-finals at Richmond.
4 August 2010
19 Sept 2010
10 March 2011 - CRUFTS
I know that Ashley was disappointed and felt that he'd not done very well, but to me it was quite the opposite. He was in the show ring at this country's most prestigious dog show, amongst some of the best dogs in this country (as well as those from abroad) and competing against much older and experienced handlers. Will's a bit of a handful at the best of times and had gone straight from a 4 hour car journey into the ring. The fact that Ashley handled him so well is a real credit to him. Well done Ashley, I'm so proud of you!