Dogs bred by Branbern travelled from Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide joined other Branbern dogs in Melbourne for the 2014 November BMDCV Specialty, with breed specialist Helen Davenport-Willis (UK) the appointed judge. We had a great weekend with very competitive results, with Paddy winning DCC & Runner Up Best in Show!
In other classes Branbern Dark Hunter (Kronblommas Papageno x Branbern Willa Willa) won Best Puppy in Show, Ch Branbern Howard I Know was placed 4th Intermediate Dog in a strong class of 12, Branbern Duke Windsor was placed 4th Australian Bred Dog, Ch Julius van't Stokerybos was placed 4th Open Dog, Supreme Ch Branbern Dark Windsor won Best Veteran in Show & Branbern Dark Haley (litter sister to Dark Hunter) was placed 4th Minor Puppy Bitch.
Branbern had 3 Veterans in the Veterans Parade, with Tosca (Ch Branbern Special Brew), Saffi (Ch Branbern Royal Sapphire) & Windsor joining a parade that has become such a highlight of this club's specialties. Tosca also had the honour of being the oldest veteran, at 11 years & 1 month old!
Congratulations to all the winners & thanks to the BMD club of Victoria for holding a great show!
Branbern also exhibited at the Victorian Women's Dog Clubs all breeds show the following day, with a breed entry of over 60 Bernese. Paddy won 1st Open Dog, but it was his grandson Howard's day, with Howie winning 2nd Intermediate Dog & Reserve CC! The judge for Bernese was Mrs T Salmi (Norway).
Lyn with RUBISS winner Ch Saterhundens London Paddington (imp SWE)
Tosca with owner Sue in the Veterans Parade
Windsor & family enjoying the Veteran's Parade
l-r Howard with owner Shane, & Lyn with Bernie (Branbern Dark Jule) & his father Julius van't Stokerybos
Ch Branbern Howard I Know
Ch Branbern Howard I Know
Branbern is represented at the BMDCSA Specialty by local resident Howard & also by Paddy who made the long trip from Sydney. Howard was 2nd Intermediate dog in a strong class & Paddy was also 2nd Open Dog, with both boys receiving great critiques from judge Jan Herngren (SWE).
Branbern also had the oldest veteran in the Veteran' Parade, with Zelda (Ch Branbern Special Thoughts) at the grand age of 10 years 11 months!
Howie has another great day out, winning Best of Breed & Best Intermediate in Group at the Canine Fanciers Kennel Club under Mr Ian Smith (NZ)!
A great day for Branbern, with Branbern Dark By Design (Nicho) winning Runner Up Best in Group at the ACT Ladies KC championship show under Mrs M Thomas, at the tender age of 10 months! Nicho is sired by Gino (Kronblommas Papageno)
In South Australia, Howie continued his great form, being pulled out in the top 6 in group & winning Best Intermediate in Group at the SA Poultry & Kennel Club championship show under Mr G Carleton (NZ)!
Howie wins Reserve Challenge Dog & Best Intermediate in Show at the BMDCSA champ show under Sharron Taylor (Tasmania)
Paddy wins Runner Up Best in Show at the Utility Club of NSW 1st show under Mrs N Harrison (NZ)!
At the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Victoria's Breed Specialty judged by Ben Taylor (Malicloy Bernese in South Australia), Branbern was represented by Windsor, Britney & Gino's puppies Nicho (Branbern Dark By Design), Penny (Branbern Dark Dreamer) & Hunter (Branbern Dark Hunter).
Windsor won Best Veteran In Show, Britney won the Open Bitch class & Best Opposite Open in Show, Nicho won the Puppy Dog class & Best Opposite Puppy in Show, Hunter won the Minor Puppy Dog class & Best Minor Puppy in Show, and Penny won the Minor Puppy Bitch & Best Opposite Minor Puppy in Show.
This show was particularly unique for the large Veterans Parade on the day, with no less than 15 Golden Oldies taking part. We were very proud to have 4 Veterans contribute to the Parade, with Ch Branbern Royal Sapphire (7 years old), Supreme Ch Branbern Dark Windsor (8 years old), Ch Branbern Royal Spy HSAs (9 years old) and Ch Branbern Special Brew (Tosca, 10 years 8 months old) joining the other Veterans in the Parade! Congratulations to Emma Sankey & Hard River Bernese for their BISS win with Emir & to all the other winners!
Isaac (Branbern Infamous Isaac) has his first big win, winning Runner Up Best in Group under Mr C Fynmore at the Ku Ring Gai Kennel Club Champ Show!
Julius does it again winning Best in Group at the Hills District & Training Club champ show under Mrs R Nagle!
Julius wins Best in Group at the Hawkesbury District Ag Association champ show under Mr B Santas. This win also earned him the last points needed to gain his Australian Champion title!
Also Ch Branbern Howard I Know's hip score was previously stated as 2:2, this is actually incorrect, his correct score is 1:1 (and his elbows are 0:0).
At the SA Poultry & Kennel Club's morning Open Show, Howie wins his first All Breeds Best in Show!
Howard's title has now been recognised by the ANKC making him into an Australian Champion.
March 7th 8th & 9th
A great weekend for Branbern across 2 states. At home in NSW Julius Van't Stokerybos won Best in Group at the Blacktown Kennel & Training Club Champ show on Saturday morning under Mrs D. Harbin (NSW), and Runner Up Best in Group at the Blacktown Kennel & Training Club Champ show on Sunday under Mrs S. McMahon (NSW). New kid on the block Thomas (Branbern Derby's Image) also had a good day on the Sunday, winning Best Baby Puppy in Group. Thomas is sired by Branbern Sugar Ray and is by Branbern Vienna After Dark (a Paddy/Tess daughter).
In South Australia on Friday 7th, Branbern Howard I Know won Best of Breed at the Ladies KC of SA champ show to earn him the last points towards his Champion title & was also awarded Best in Group 4th under Mr R Greer (NZ). He also won Best of Breed in the remaining 2 Ladies KC shows on Saturday the 8th to start his 2014 with a bang!
Howard, winning Best in Group 4th under Mr R Greer (NZ)
22 February - Canberra Royal Show
Hugo - Branbern Duke Windsor, was Best of Breed at the Canberra Royal from the Junior class. Judge was Mr B Spoljaric from Croatia.
Branbern Duke Windsor
Nicholas - Branbern Dark By Design, won Best Baby Puppy of Breed from three entered and then went on to be awarded Best Baby Puppy of the Day under Mr Spoljaric.
More good news with the hip and elbow X-ray results for Branbern Dark Lilly (Sup Ch Branbern Dark Windsor / Branbern Sugar Coated) with scores of 0:0 elbows and 0:0 hips!
Branbern Howard I Know has had his hips & elbows x-rayed, with pleasing scores of 0:0 elbows & 2:2 hips