Fermoy International Ch Show 2017
It was a wet and miserable end to April but as the last day of April brought showers upon us all at Fermoy so too did the wins and awards shower down upon the Leevindane Great Dane Kennels.
Leevindane Great Danes were out in force on Sunday 30th April 2017 at the Fermoy International Ch Show at Clonmel. With a total of 7 Dogs and Bitches in the 3 colour groups, we brought mainly a mix of young and lightly shown Dogs to seek the Judge Mr J Jakobsens opinion. Indeed our 7 Dogs entered at Fermoy amounted to the total of entries in some recent shows, such has been the demise of numbers of Great Danes shown in recent times.
Not so for the Fermoy Int Ch Show with Green Stars in all colours available and the all too infrequent CACIB’s too!
33 Dogs and Bitches competed for the Awards.
Blue Great Dane
First into the ring for Leevindane Great Danes was our young Blue Great Dane Male Harvey, Jun IR Ch (Leevindane Irish Harvey Blue Wall Banger). Harvey has just turned 2 years of age this week and has performed ever so well in his limited show career to date. With a very light show campaign, he has been awarded up to this point 5 Green Stars and 3 CACIB’s along with his Jun IR Ch title.
I was delighted when Judge Mr. J Jakobsen decided to award Harvey his 6th Green Star and his 4th CACIB. Unfortunately, due to the Year and a day rule, Harvey will need to win a further CACIB in order to add the INT Ch Title to his name. Go Harvey Go!
Next into the ring was our Junior Blue Great Dane Bitch Je T’aime (Leevindane Je T’aime) on her second outing at Ch level. At just 1 year old she is both lanky, sprightly and playful. I was delighted with her progress but suffice to say this tall girl has a lot of growing and training to go through before she will be the finished article.
Her half sister Blue Great Dane Bitch Harper (Leevindane Irish Blue Harper moon) was next into the ring making her re-entry on the Show scene after an absence of over 14 months as she was maturing. Harper was awarded her first Green Star, CACIB and Best of Breed over her brother Harvey.
Fawn Great Dane
It was then the turn of Ferrari (IR Ch Smalltall’s Fly me to the moon with Leevindane Jun Ir Ch /Lux Jun Ch/ Celtic Jun Winner 15) in the Fawn and Brindle colour category. Ferrari who is co-owned by myself and Heidi Lund became an Irish Ch at just 17 months and is very lightly shown at this point tending only to present to compete for CACIB shows. Ferrari was handled excellently as always by Michelle and even though he wanted to play with the MinPins in the next ring, she managed to move him perfectly the Judge opted to award the Green Star Dog to a Junior Dog and Ferrari the Reserve Green Star Dog plus his second CACIB for which we were delighted.
Black Great Dane
Next up was the turn of Mr. Darcy in the Black/Mantle/Harlequin class (Leevindane Fabulous Mr. Darcy) owned and loved by Ciara Curtin. Mr. Darcy has begun to mature now and is 3 years of age. Ciara has undertaken search and Rescue, obedience and agility in the past couple of years with Darcy and has decided this year to re-introduce Darcy to the Show ring. What an entry for her in 2017 having won 2 Green Stars, 1 BOB, 1 BOS and 2 CACIB’s from 3 Ch shows entered.
Next in the ring were our Junior Black Great Dane Bitch sisters Scarlett and Isabella on their 2nd and 3rd Ch shows respectively. Scarlett handled by Michelle and Isabella handled by Ciara both performed and behaved very well for such young and inexperienced Juniors. Both of our Juniors were awarded excellent grades and Scarlett took the 1st place on this occasion. Michelle brought her into the line-up for Green Star Bitch from the largest entry of the day of 13 Black /Mantle/ Harle Bitches and was delighted to be awarded Reserve Green Star Bitch at just 12 months and 11 days old.
Leevindane Great Dane Awards Fermoy International Ch Show April 30th, 2017
In Total from the show, we were awarded 4 CACIB’s, 3 Green Stars, 2 Reserve Green Stars, 1 Best of Breed, 2 Best Opposite Sex. So as the showers subsided and the Sun appeared to make a bright and cheery afternoon, we headed home from a great and enjoyable day spent with some good friends and great company with our little stars of the present and future. Not a bad tally we think for one day out on a wet and windy end to April.