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2018 News

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With a deep personal sorrow I have to relay that Barbara Purves of Craigmount Beagles passed away on Friday, May 18th at the age of 83.
Barbara, along with Sandy, were my mentors within the breed, helping me tremendously and becoming firm friends. I will miss her greatly.
No date has been set yet, but Barbara requested a private funeral.


It’s been quite a week for Susan Arden’s Dottie - aka Madika Spot On JW - who, after being chosen to star in a photo shoot for a dog food promotion, won three first places at Ribble Valley Agility show to give her an Agility Warrant Silver and now competes in Grade 7.
The impressive girl is seen right celebrating with a well-earned glass of Pawsecco!


Jackie Fraser enjoyed the weekend of May sunshine starting with a Reserve Best in Show at Roseisle Companion with Wyvisview Harlequin, then a Group 2 at Ross and Cromarty the following day ... and no spending the day on a motorway!

Very well done to Rachel Cuthill who enjoyed a great day at Falkirk Open Show with Divinebrae Play The Game. As if winning Best of Breed as a pup wasn’t good enough she also won the Hound Puppy Group and then went on to beat all other youngsters to win Best Puppy in Show under B.I.S. judge Mrs RC Wright.

Many congratulations to Richard Ravell who enjoyed his “Greatest ever day at a championship show by miles” at Hound Association of Scotland.
After winning the Bitch Special Beginner class Tungri Shooting Star was given the nod over the Dog class winner to be declared Best Special Beginner (in breed) under Denise Close.
Richard then went forward to compete against other Special Beginner class winners from different breeds and was awarded Best Special Beginner in Show by Judge Frank Whyte. Nice one!

Ella Findlay wasn’t going to be deterred from entering Angus & Kincardine Limit show on April Fools’ day just because Grandmother Fiona was on holiday on the other side of the world. Turned out to be a good decision for young Ella who piloted Fallowfield Adored at Rhiconich to Reserve Best in Show.
As if that wasn’t enough to be proud of, the Australian Shepherd that Ella also handled to a Group win later went Best in Show!
Way to go Ella!


A quick Crufts round up - with a Scottish slant, of course!
The first class winner from north of the border under Judge Colin Ashmore was Jill & Ian Hill’s Divinebrae Coming Soon at Dapperdawg, winning Minor Puppy Dog, as well as picking up a third place in the Puppy Dog class, just ahead of Rachel Cuthill’s Hajdum Dydlidum Alikiss of Divinebrae (Imp Cze) in fourth place.
We had a long wait for the next Scots winner who came in the shape of Hazel Deans’ Gempeni Flower Girl JW ShCM, winning the Bitch Good Citizen Dog Scheme class. Hazel’s Ir Ch Barterhound Bouquet for Gempeni JW ShCM also picked up a card with a VHC in Veteran Bitch.
Fiona & Ella Findlay’s Rhiconich Jarvis was placed third in a large Post Graduate Dog class and was also later handled by Ella to fourth place, from eighteen, in the YKC Members Stakes. Kennel mate R. Natalie was awarded VHC in Junior Bitch while Jackie & Lewis Fraser’s Wyvisview Harlequin was placed fourth in Limit Bitch.
Best of Breed was Int/Dk/De Ch Ob-La-Dis The Warlock Radagast who hails from the same Danish kennels as the late David Bradley’s choice for Beagle Best of Breed at Crufts in 2007.


First “Bestie” of the year to report and the honours go to Jackie Fraser and Wyvisview Harlequin who won BOB and Group 1 under  Miss H Mackenzie and then Best in Show under Miss E. Edwards at Highland Limit show on Feb 11th.
Birdie obviously likes this venue as she just pipped her Reserve Best in Show outing here at the same show in 2017.

Congratulations to Hazel Deans who has won SBC Beagle of the Year for 2017, to add to her 2016 win, with Gempeni Ballet JW ShCM.

Darcey also won the Craigmount Trophy, for most points won at Scottish Open Shows during 2017.

Pic right cropped from a Sam Webster photo


A lovely accolade for Sam Goldberg’s Molesend Secret (Ch Davricard Harrison x Molesend Kashmir JW) who was awarded Hound of the Year at Tyne, Wear & Tees on January 19th.
This follows a great start to Secret’s ring career having already picked up 4 x Champ Show Best Puppy awards, including a Hound Puppy Group 2 at Border Union last year, as well as winning the BCC at West Mercia and the RBCC at Birmingham.