Bedlington Terrier Breed Notes

Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier
Bedlington Terriers

Week ending 1 September

The SKC August show last weekend, with Nicky Patterson judging, proved to be a Rocabec-Fest, with great success for Pete and Julie Cumming. They won DCC and BOB with Ch Rocabec Definitely Maybe, RDCC and BV with Ch Honeymist Blue Flame at Rocabec, RBCC with Honeymist hOt Spice at Rocabec and BP with Rocabec Gossip Girl. Very well done to the Rocabec team. And congratulations to John and Lesley McNally, with Ch Conekesheved Kaldo Girl, who managed to sneak in to stop it being a whitewash, by taking the BCC. As far as I can see, there were no placings in any of the Stakes classes.

Meanwhile, Chris Mayers and Yvonne Bannister were on their way to the Swedish Kennel Club's 40th Anniversary show, at Eskiltuna, where a record entry of 76 Bedlingtons awaited the judge, Enrique Mate Duran from Spain. I hope we'll get a full report on the show from Yvonne and Chris, once they've got over their long trip, (and photos), but it was a lovely day for Ninna Odehag and Patricia Eriksson. Ninna's Multi-Ch Ashcroft Wedding Singer was BIS, and Patricia's Isotops Kotte won BOS. The rosettes were really something – bigger than the dogs!
The following day, Karin Bergbom was judging at Nat.StoKK, and he chose the same dogs for his top winners. Very many congratulations to Ninna and Patricia on a wonderful weekend.

With sadness, I have to let you know that Roger Crooks died suddenly on Monday morning. Roger was a perfect gentleman, and always made exhibitors feel at ease. He was a terrier man through and through, knowledgeable and thorough, and he understood Bedlingtons more than many other all-rounder judges, attending a lot of the NBTC shows and showing a genuine interest over the years. He last judged Bedlingtons at Birmingham National earlier this year. He will be very much missed, and our sympathies and thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

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Bedlington Terriers –

Mark Walshaw (Janmark) had a nice turnout at WKC last weekend, with top honours going to John and Lesley McNally's Ch Conekesheved Kaldo Girl. RBCC and the BP award went to Pete and Julie Cumming's new youngster Rocabec Gossip Girl, with her kennelmate Ch Honeymist Blue Flame at Rocabec taking BV.
The DCC also went back to Scotland, with Shirley Davies' Ch Honeymist Blue Bols (although I guess we really should credit Lorraine Martin with much of the success there) and the RCC was a second such award for Jayne Fletcher's Maevani One and Only (he took his first under Pam Morton in 2016 at the NBTC). Away from the breed classes, Yvonne and Roger Bannister's Ch Miteymidgets Hawkers Cove won VHC in the Veteran Stakes, a very nice little interlude during their holidays for the Miteymidgets team. Congratulations to all the winners.

Richmond entries are now known, and rather disappointingly for a show where we once had CCs, there are only 6 entered for Rachel Barney to assess. However, this show has seen entries falling over the past few years in many breeds, and there has been a great deal of debate over the reasons why. It seems that many people are disgruntled at the fact that Richmond is usually rather late in publishing their judges which makes it difficult to arrange the necessary days off from work.
As far as our breed goes, Mrs Barney doesn't appear on any of the breed club lists, and she is possibly not known to many of our exhibitors, as she doesn't give CCs in any of the Terrier breeds.
I think, too, that people are finding it hard financially, when societies are feeling the need to keep raising prices and slipping in little extras, like parking fees where it had previously been free. So rather than entering two or three dogs, many people are now just taking one, and cutting back when they feel the judge may not appreciate their dogs.
Quite whether the new KC initiative in respect of judges will also affect future entries, we shall have to wait and see.

What are your opinions on show entries? Do you show as much as you used to, or have you cut back, and why? It would be interesting to see if the Bedlington perspective is the same as in other breeds.

Just seen some news from Stuart Yearley, about a hybrid cactus which was developed and named Morris in the Pink, after the much loved and missed Lowbrook Lambent Laurel. Stuart says: It's the hybrid cactus "Morris in the Pink", Adam Ward named in remembrance of our Beautiful Morris when we lost him last year, Never flowered before. Hopefully when the cactis flowers, Stuart will let us have a picture.

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Last weekend's championship show at Bournemouth saw Peter Kiernan and Viktor taking another Group 1 win, having gone BOB under judge Tom Johnston without CCs. Stuart and Angela Yearley's old lady Genie was BB and BV, and she also won the KC Good Citizen Stakes and was 3rd in the Denise Courtney Memorial Open Stakes. RBD was Sarah Harris's Ratzwell D'Artagnan, and RBB went to Paula Bishop's Plumeria's Sea Breeze. No puppies entered, but another place in the Stakes classes was 4th in Special Beginners for Phillipa Cleaver's Jobanker Prim n Proper.

Viktor has a clutch of Group wins to his credit, but, so far, none of the ultimate top honours. The last Bedlington to win BIS at a general championship show was the late and very much missed Christine and Harvey Bell's Ch Reef Knot of Rathsrigg, who topped the lot at Paignton in 1994. Let's keep our fingers crossed that our breed can do it again before long.
Another lovely win at Chesterfield and Pinxton, where Paul and Carol Pocklington's Timberose Rhapysody in Blue won the terrier Group and Terrier Puppy Group. Very well done, one and all.

Peter Arris has sent the news that the Bedlington Terrier North East group will be running a lure day on the first Sunday every month from October, at Wansbeck Business Park in Ashington, NE63 8QW. There is good parking, and a pub nearby serving hot food. If you want to find out more, have a look at the BTNE's Facebook page. The group also has a lovely range of Bedlington merchandise available. With Christmas fast approaching, it's worth a look at

All the photos (over 300 of them!) sent in for the Rescue Calendar are now with the judges, who have the unenviable task of sorting through them to select the winners, which will appear in the 2018 calendar. As soon as they have chosen them, everything will be off to the printers, and the calendars will go on sale. I'll keep you posted on when you'll be able to order them, and where to send your money. After several years of producing the calendars, I've handed over the responsibility to the lovely ladies at Bedlington Terrier Rescue, so please don't send any monies to me this year.
The Championship Show train moves on to Welsh Kennel Club this coming weekend, where Mark Walshaw (Janmark) has the honour of assessing 37 dogs, and on the following weekend, at Scottish KC, there will be 20 for Nicky Patterson to judge. Good luck if you're making the journey to either of those shows.

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Jill Peak had a numerically smallish entry, but a quality one, at Paignton, where John and Lesley McNally made the long trip from the north worth doing, taking BCC and BOB with home-bred Ch Conekesheved Kaldo Girl. The DCC went to the latest Honeymist champion, H. Blue Bols, with the RCCs being collected by Yvonne and Roger Bannister's youngster Miteymidgets English Dream and Stuart and Angela Yearley's grand old lady Ch Gnejnabay Genegenie Gal at Lowbrook. Richard Pederson's Janmark Jingle Jangle was BP, her second such win. Very well done to all.

Meanwhile on the same weekend, Shelley Worrall, one of our young up and coming judges, who, with her mum, shows the Bluesmurf Bedlingtons, was having a fantastic day at the Houndshow, with another of the Honorary Bedlingtons, Arya the Ibizan, winning not only BPIB but also the RBCC. What a lovely start to Arya's show career, and a great win for a newcomer to the breed, so I hope you'll forgive me for including the win here.

The Cramlington Bedlington Walk in the north-east saw once again a great turn-out of Bedlingtons and their people, with everyone having another great day out. And I understand the rain held off until the end of the day, so whatever those organisers do, it certainly works. And they keep on doing it - there's yet another event lined up, but plenty of time to get geared up for this one, as it's not happening until 23 September.
This time, rather than walking all the way, the day is to include a train journey. The event is called the Bedlington Express, and it's all happening at Heatherslaw Light Railway, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Meet at the station car park at 10.45, as the train will leave at 11 a.m. sharp (and it won't wait if you're late!) At Etal station there will be a chance for refreshments in the Lavender Tea Rooms, ready for trip home on the 1.30 train. The cost will be £4.50 per person, with dogs travelling free of charge. Look for it on the BTNE Facebook page, under the Events section. The organisers do need to know numbers in good time, so get in touch with BTNE if you're interested in joining them.

The Championship Show trail continues on to Bournemouth this coming weekend, where Tom Johnston has 13 to assess (no CCs), and then over to WKC, with Mark Walshaw (Janmark) judging a good entry of 37. Good luck to everyone who's going to these two, and here's hoping the weather is good for you.

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Week ending 4 August 2017

Stuart and Angela Yearley, with the Lowbrook team, flew the flag for our breed in the terrier tent at the recent Game Fair in the grounds of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. By all accounts, the Bedlington display was brilliant, and attracted plenty of attention over the weekend. The dogs, as ever, were amazing little ambassadors, and apart from the mudbath on the final day, it seems the whole event was a great success.
The Game Fair now alternates between Hatfield House and Ragley Hall in Warwickshire, so look out for it again next year.
Meanwhile, on the weekend of 9 - 10 September, Marian Storey has once again press-ganged a group of us to do a similar display at the Sandringham Country Fair.

Last year, we took about a dozen Bedlingtons, and on the Saturday it was more like a regatta than a game fair - torrential rain, mud up to our armpits and a pack of assorted very happy, wet and mucky little dogs. So this year, we're praying for a bit more sunshine all weekend, although I don't expect it'll bother the dogs one bit. If you're anywhere near East Anglia, do come and give us a look.

The deadline for submitting your photos for the 2018 Bedlington Rescue calendar has now passed, but the BTR is holding another online auction so people can show their support.
There are some lovely pieces of breed memorabilia on offer, with the auction running until 7 August when it closes for bids at 9 p.m. You can find the auction (which opens for bids at 9p.m. on 31 July) on

Don't forget the walk this coming Saturday at Cramlington Nature Reserve, which I mentioned last week.

A couple more judges are now confirmed for 2018:
Jeff Horswell will be awarding CCs for the first time to our breed at Southern Counties, and Pam Garbutt (Aireview) is doing the honours at Darlington.

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W/e 28.7.17

My apologies for being a bit late with these notes - it's been hectic here with the Banham Zoo Wildlife Art Exhibition and life in general, but here we are at last.
Last weekend saw Jack Watson doing the honours at Leeds, and it was Pete and Julie Cumming's Ch Rocabec Definitely Maybe who took the top spot, with his younger kennelmate Honeymist Hot Spice at Rocabec winning the RBCC. RDCC was Richard Pederson's Sharnor High Intensity. BCC went to Shirley Davies' Ch Honeymist Posh Dreamz, and Sheila and Mark Baldwin picked up BP with Woolytop Golden Surprise. Rounding off a good day, the redoubtable Ch Pengerrig Iron Duke collected another BV award for Hefin and Enid Jones. Sadly no luck for anyone in the Group, Puppy and Veteran Groups on this occasion, although a couple of the youngsters were placed in the Stakes classes - John Neville's Honeymist Posh Peanuts at Chancete taking Reserve in PD and Paul and Carol Pocklington's Timberose Rhapsody in Blue winning VHC in PB. Congratulations to the winners.

On 5 August, there is to be another Bedlington Walk in the north-east, starting at 10 o'clock at East Cramlington Nature Reserve in Northumberland. I believe it lies on the B1326 at East Cramlington. I can't find a postcode for the Sat-Navs, but it'sd not too far from Seaton Delaval. There's free parking, but the organisers suggest a 50p donation into the Bedlington Rescue collecting box might not be a bad idea.

A good few judges are now confirmed for 2018, with seven of the 13 already known being breed specialists. So far, we have Shirley Davies (Honeymist) - Crufts; Peter Kiernan (Kierlander) - National Terrier; Bill Browne-Cole - WELKS; Jane Graham (Ruffsfurze) - Birmingham National; Paul Eardley - SKC May; Hefin Jones (Pengerrig) - Midland BTC; Sharon Ames (Sharnor) - Blackpool; Martin Phillips - Windsor; National BTC - Frank Kane; Paul Richardson - Paignton; Christine Reaston (Furrolly) - SKC August; Eileen needham - Midland Counties; and Alan Vernall at LKA.

We also have a few for 2019 - Bath (where we shall have CCs back after a long interval without them) - Ronnie Irving; Brmingham National - Zena Thorn-Andrews; Blackpool - Moray Armstrong; Midland BTC - Mark Walshaw (Janmark); and National BTC - Ralph Garbutt (Aireview)

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Breed Notes week ending Friday 21 July 2017

I’m delighted to be submitting breed notes for this brilliant online canine site, set up to fill some of the gaps left by the demise of Dog World. I did the breed notes for DW for around ten years, so it’s nice to be able to continue bringing you news and interesting little snippets about our lovely breed. Please keep sending me your bits and pieces for inclusion here.

Peter Kiernan and Ch Viktor picked up another CC for their burgeoning collection, along with another BIS award, at the National Bedlington Terrier Club last weekend, under judge Julie Cumming (Rocabec). Viktor now has the distinction of being the second most-winning Bedlington ever, but is still trailing the inimitable Ch Vistablu Nelson Touch's record by over a dozen CCs. A remarkable achievement, nevertheless. BCC, her second, went to Paula Bishop’s Plumeria’s Sea Breeze, with the RCCs won by Sheila and Mark Baldwin’s Woolytop The One and Only and the McNallys’ Ch Conekesheved Kaldo Girl. John Neville’s Honeymist Posh Peanuts at Chancete was BP, his second such win, and he is still the only dog puppy to have won such an award this year. I haven’t heard from anyone who was at the show, so I have no more results, special awards or anything, but will keep you posted if I hear.

The only news which did come out of the Show, was a note to say that Billy Fisher had popped down the A1 to hand over a cheque, raised by the Bedlington Terrier North East group at their Fun Day, to Sheila Baldwin for the NBTC Rescue. The amount of fundraising done by various dedicated individuals, on behalf of both Rescue schemes, is wonderful, and without this support, it would be difficult to continue the sterling work helping unfortunate little dogs.

Still on the subject of Rescue, time is running out for you to submit photos for the BTR 2018 calendar; deadline is 31 July. With the glorious weather we’ve been enjoying (here on the east coast, at least) there should be plenty of opportunity to take photos. Get in touch with Lynda Cottrell ( as soon as you can, and send in your photos. Entry fees are £1 per photo, which you can pay via PayPal, or send a cheque.

Going back to the earlier mention of top-winning dogs, I have to say that I’m old enough (and old-fashioned enough) to look on dog shows partly as a means to determining the best specimens in a breed in the hope they’ll be used in people’s breeding programmes to maintain the quality in a breed. To my mind, these outstanding animals over the years who have picked up multiple CCs are the ones whose qualities possibly may not be fully recognised until they have produced equally outstanding progeny. Sadly though, it appears that the big-winning males in our breed at least have not been used at stud as often as you might expect, and have made little impression as producers of good stock. Of course, there have been some top quality pups whelped, but not to the extent that you might think a big winner might produce. Fortunately, we do still have breeders who consistently produce good stock, so the picture isn’t too bad, but the emphasis seems to be shifting a little. So are dog shows merely a vehicle for people to seek personal glory, with the kudos that a big win brings (and possibly a little financial return)? I personally hope not. It’s disappointing that so many outstanding animals are apparently not appreciated as potential contributors to a breed, to help maintain the current quality, at the very least, and hopefully to improve it.

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