April 2020 – CORONA pandemic
All locked down – no travels, no shows, no seeing friends …
I collect some of StevieG’s headshots through the month and having it at the news page I will not lose them.
Where to start …The preparations were already running a few days after the return from Crufts 2019. All of our Gordons already had their tickets for participation in 2020 in January 2019. In September 2019 during my trip to the Gordon Setter National in the USA where Brando accompanied me, the procedure should be fixed. Since Brando, like Vito at his time in USA, stayed with our friend Brooke and her son AJ, it was clear that the two would fly in to join us at Crufts 2020 with Rhonda. In September I was also allowed to bring our MinPin Gunner back to Euope to try to get a ticket for him too. His very first show – Manchester Champ Show in January 2020. Junior class, he really exaggerated – junior class 1st and resCC – not just a ticket for 2020 no the studbook no and thus a lifetime ticket.See my Manchester January report.
The excitement started with the first coronavirus cases in Europe . Crufts was not canceled and we were able to start our trip as planned. Mercedes Sprinter extra-long and high was rented. 6 boxes loaded for our candidates and space for 6 people, perfect. Wednesday morning at 06:00 am Amsterdam / Schipohl Airport all flights came in on time. Rhonda had Fiona (Munroc Caledonia Fiona) in her luggage which was eagerly awaited by Mr. Gerek. However, we first used the help of Leen van Genechten, who looked after Fiona until we returned. My passengers two-legged: Rhonda, Anja, Brooke, AJ and Dorrit who flew in on Thursday, and four-legged: Gunner, Bronte, Misty, Vito, Marlon, Brando. The check in at the tunnel for our paws ran without problems HALLELUJA and the dog run was used extensively. This time we reached our hotel in Stoneleigh during daylight. Thursday then the day of the MinPinscher. After 109 Italian greyhounds finally the MinPins. Gunner got a placement in the junior class.
We rushed straight back to the hotel and the madness started. Bathing, blow-dry, finish grooming .. of 4 Gordons, thanks to the USA professional group, everything went smoothly. Diner … a couple of pizzas in the room and we went on. Friday GUN DOG DAY it was this so special time again. Yes and then oh it started again … just great. Thanks to Heike Schulte-Göcking & Katja Decher for all the wonderful pictures and the excitement.
Vito and me have been first in the Veteran Class – BISS, CIE / CIB, AmCh, DtCh, ChIT, WWVet2028, DtVetCh, NLVetCh, Crufts BOB2012 Ludstar Don Corleone, 1st! of 12, it couldn’t have started nicer.
Minor puppy next, our newcomer: StevieG ‘Carnoustie Let The Game Begin (AI) (ImpAUS) ‘
Perfectly groomed and as I know pampered by his UK Mum Annette Mappin not only during the times James is at work – big thank you Annette to share our love for him. Highlight of the day his breeder flew in from Australia, what a pleasure to meet Steve and Carolyn personally. What a great journey they had planned and great times ahead for them. Enjoy you stay especially up on Scotland.
Handled by James, StevieG did another great job, ok both did it, and there we continued another class win, go go go StevieG
Next in the ring for us Marlon ‘Locksheath Back In Black’ in the strong yearling class, we had agreed that Brooke would show him, I stood speechless at the ring, he too won the class, 1st! from 8.
3 red ribbons on our bench area by then.
Brando ‘BISS, AmCh, DtCh, BeCH, BeJuCh Munroc Beretta’ handled by Brookes son AJ, whom he knew well through his stay in the USA, in the open class VHC (5) from 13.
It went on with the bitches. This is where Vito’s daughter Autumn ‘Locksheath Princess Tiana JW’, Marlon sister started in yearling class and made it/copied her brother , class win 1st out of 8.
Cari, Keith and me could not be happier and more proud on the day.
Then finally the open class bitches. Here we had Rhonda at the start, handling Misty, CIE, Dtch, ChLux Somerled Islay Mist. 14 !!! Bitches in the class and Misty showed of herself .. 3rd! we are so proud of our team.
Another Crufts in the books. Shall not forget that I have had to let Bronte go, to meet and travel home on her final leg with Eileen/Somerled Kennel. What a pleasure it was to get her to know and I hope so much that I will be able in the near future to get her back for some time. Would love to handle her at the shows in Europe. She is such a sweetheart and a BEAUTY ! Thanks Marcella and Eileen to trust me for keeping an eye on her.
We drove back on the Saturday … OH yes Brooke we found your passport J love you girl. This is a story on its own.
The USA Team flew back out from Amsterdam on the Sunday with some extra luggage such as Gunner in the cabin and my sweet Marlon in the hold. As all shows meanwhile also cancelled in USA, we will have to wait for news. Maybe some puppies soon …. Heard Seymour did another great job.
Saturday February 22nd, 2020
As Brando was back from USA earlier as we planned – I skipped flying out to the Westminster shows in NYC and entered him for the CAC in Genk. We needed a final ticket towards his Belgium Champion and gave it trial under judge Mr Krol / PL. Thank you Anja for taking care on all my other kids at that time 😊 poor you. Brando did us proud and got Exc 1 CAC and BOB which finished him. So he will be known after confirmation of the Belg KC as : BISS,AmCh,DtCh,ChBE,BEJuCh Munroc Beretta
Sunday January 26th , 2020
Being in the middle of Germany close to the Netherlands gave another chance for a visit at Noble Friends Kennel. Anja and me looked so much forward to see these lovely puppies again they have been 6 weeks when we have been there first and fell in love with red collar girl – hoping so much Marcella will allow her to go to our friends in Scotland. Eileen/Somerled was as nervous about it as we. YES ! all worked out perfect and I was able to arrange all necessary steps so BRONTE could be travelling with us in March when we went to UK for CRUFTS anyway. Thank you, Marcella it was such a pleasure, to get all things arranged and allow Bronte to go so far away. Bronte ‘Tiffany Rose of the Noble Friends’ is sired by Freddie ‘CH Ludstar Frederik Frankenstein’ and out of Marcellas girl Kenna ‘Ch Queen of Joy from the Noble Friends. See all her details on : https://noblefriends.nl/pups/t-nest/
Saturday January 25th, 2020 CAC Dortmund
Anja was running the Setter&Pointer only CAC in Dortmund
Judge : Mr Ronnie Blomme, BE
Weeks ago we made a good plan for this show. Result of it, a high quality entry for the show.
Amscot was driving in with pretty Vegas (champion) , Keith Whiting with his Locksheath girls Summer (open) and Autumn (intermediate) – All 3 girls won their class and got tickets for the german Champion. Vegas finished the day with BOB and BIS
I had entered all my 3 boys – Marlon handled again by Keith – not his day at all. Vito went on to win Veteran and best Vet in Breed. Brando won his Champion class and finished with CAC and BOS. PARTY !
Sunday January 19th ,2020 again the MANCHESTER CHAMPION SHOW – GUNDOG DAY
Our judge Mrs Jane Howarth
It was my turn to start in the first class of the day . Minor Puppy dog with StevieG
Entry of 6 in his class. Even knowing he got his Crufts ticket at the Boston show, I got nervous.
StevieG stayed cool, moved great and stacked like a rock (Thank you James) what can I say, we won the class ! Yeah go StevieG
Next in the ring and handled by breeder/coowner Keith was Marlon in post graduate entry 7 (3)
Thank you again Keith for handling our boy – 3rd in the strong class
Last class of boys I went in with Vito, a total 6 in Veteran – Vito got 2nd , winner of the class continued to the dog CC of the day. Congratulations to Amscot ! sweet Vegas got another CC and finished with BOB, the picture I was able to take from her shows the perfect Gordon outline !
Big congratulations to Leen and her 2 English travelling with us. Ch Bournefield Purple Rain for a 2nd in Open class and Ch Bournefield Lady Letice Bex winning the Bitch Veteran class. Congratulations as well to Sarah Loakes for the CC win with her wiggle worm Goldbirch Wings Of Desire JW
Saturday January 18th, 2020 THE MANCHESTER CHAMPION SHOW – TOY GROUP
Judge for MinPins :
Mr. Terence D D B Burgess
What a lovely journey. It started with picking up Leen van Genechten / Bournefield Kennel in Schoten/BE. Since our travelling with 3 pups to NYC 2 years ago and spend holidays there it was another great fun time being out together for some days. Bit nervosity ahead as Mr Gunner the MinPin was on board for his very first show in his life. Just 1 week after his 1st Birthday entered in Junior class. I followed all the instructions of his breeder during the time we met at Christmas and was sure this young man will behave. And man oh man he did ! Susan was happy the way he showed for her ahead of going into the ring with him. So Leen and myself sitting at the ringside watching the breed ahead which where the King Charles Spaniels. Gunner on our laps in his pajamas. We got some suspicious eyes from the breed, just like, look the foreign girls with the pet on their laps. Ringtime ! Minpins ! there were only 2 in Gunner’s class and he showed of himself, gosh I was sitting there holding my breath watching this youngster. OK go back in the ring Mr Gunner for competing against all these cracking MinPins for the dog CC … CC went to the Open class winner and then it happened what I never ever expected in my dreams for him in his first show. He put up his head, showed his best movement and free stack and earned the resCC. Thank you Susan James for all you did for us and him. Gunner baby we never will forget this moment. Not only getting his Crufts ticket for 2020, he got his stud book number his life time CRUFTS entry. As he lives most of the time in USA with Rhonda this is for sure a great relieve to bring him into UK from time to time, at least for competing at CRUFTSin the next years. Easy to fly with a dog in the cabin 😊. Love you GunnieGunnie
2020 starts with a bang
Boston & District Canine Society show 9/12.January 2020
Puppy – Dog|
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
|1st BRYERDALE QUANTAS (AI) (MRS P J BAINES) 2nd CARNOUSTIE LET THE GAME BEGIN (AI) (IMP AUS) NAF (MR J, MRS R & MRS S NEWTON, CORNUM & TIMMERMAN)|
StevieG’s first show and YES his ticket for CRUFTS 2020 in the pocket. Thank you, James this has taken a big pressure from me, knowing that I will be handling him at the Manchester Champ show later the month
As a summery of 2019 – guess this collage made by Mr R Blomme for me says it all. It also includes the Munroc news in USA for 2019
With all this going on I skipped LKA Champ Show and changed my plans after talking to some friends in UK to spend Christmas there, with a base in Oxford to make lovely visits and first of all get StevieG to James and there was another puppy, a beautiful relaxed Flat coated called Wispa from Denmark to go to his new family in UK as well. You will have fun with him Charlotte and it was a pleasure to meet you. So let me count who was travelling with me : Brando, Marlon, Gunner, StevieG and Wispa.
A good reason for this timing was as well to visit Gunner’s breeder Susan and let her go over him and give me advise if we can come back in January for the Manchester show. She loved him and gave me some training tips for his handling to make sure he will be well prepared for his very first outing.
Thanks goes to :
Anja & Juergen for pampering Vito during my stay in UK
Mandy & Charlotte for the midnight meeting with Wispa
Annette & James for the very, very early morning coffee and welcoming StevieG
23rd took me first to Birgit’s last resting place at the St George Churchyard in West Grinstead
Cari, Frances, Keith & Dennis for a fantastic lunch break I so much enjoyed my time with you all.
24th thank you Mary & Bert & Rob to welcome me over lunch time it was not easy to take Gunner out your house again.
Susan for welcoming me and Gunner in the afternoon and as earlier explained, it was a great visit.
25th has taken me to my eldest friends in Oxford, Jean & Lorraine, a friendship which started over 30 years ago in Zimbabwe. I spend some of the best times of my life accompanied by them when travelling there, always hosted in Lorraine’s house for weeks and some time for months. Love you !
Reaching Amsterdam early Thursday morning the 12th needed a speedy drive to Hamburg as the big secret was arriving the same day coming in from Australia via Dubai. At 14:00 that afternoon I welcomed StevieG ‘Carnoustie Let the Game Begin’ (AI) bred by Mr S Bennett/Mrs S Auld. His parents are IntCh,It Ch Shannas Journalist x Carnoustie Contrary ToOrdinary. DOB : July 5th, 2019
StevieG is in partnership with Rhonda Cornum, James Newton and myself. He will spend most of his lifetime with James and I hope a get good part of it, to have him back her in Europe when grown up. It was hard to keep that secret for such a long time. He jumped in my heart with a bang ! So pleased I have had him here to get ready to drive him ‘home’ to James for Christmas. Thank you Steve and Sarah that you have allowed him to travel the world.
The stuff from the weekend was just back in its places – off I went to our 5th Kentucky Walking gundog event held at Munroc Farm from Dec 6th to Sunday the 8th. As in the last 3 years I flew into New York to join my friend Jane deCasteja for being her driving companion for the 2 x 12 hours from Tuxedo down to Paris/KY and back. Another tradition meanwhile : stop enroute at Flying Fish in Morgantown / West Virgina have a fish lunch and get fresh fish to the farm with us for the first evening diner party. This time we more or less drove down in convoy with Suzy DeSilver and spend the lunch break together.
Entries where fantastic ! improvement every year since we hold it at Munroc. I love spending my time now 5 years in a row and meet up with old and new friends throughout these years. My plan to change the menu 2019 did not work .. so it was chicken curry time again. We got to see a number of fantastic Gordons as well as Irish, IRWS, ES and Brittany’s. Congratulation here again to Trena finishing Morris for his Field Champion. Hope to meet you all again in 2020. Back to New York I went with my pretty boy joining to fly home we me.
Fantastic news reached us ! Brando finished his American Champion much quicker than we expected.
As I booked my flights to and from NYC on KLM, thankfully I was able to get a free space for him to fly back we me after the Kentucky walking trials beg December. HAPPY ME !!! He will be known now as BISS, AmCh, DtCh, BeJuCh Munroc Beretta
Weekend Nov 30th and Dec 1st 2019
Lucky as we where we got Mrs Diane Stewart-Ritchie/IRE to fly in. First she judged our Clubs Christmas Show, the CAC Rogge-Duensen. We had a good entry for end of the year and I was pleased to see some of our workshop members competing with success. Thank you Diane ! we loved it that you gave after each breed your back up for the decisions taken. Our exhibitors enjoyed it a lot.
Great friends from the Bremer Setter Club have taken Diane over the famous Bremer Christmas Market and did all the driving for me. Thank you here again. While they explored Bremen, I have had to get the area at my office ready for a breed seminar, grooming and handling, kindly held by Diane.
We had 9 teams joining whereof for grooming Gustav (bred by Diane) was our perfect prepared candidate, no scissors on him since 3 month ! OMG Diane I’m still speechless what you made out of him ! I love grooming and are used to groom my Gordons myself, but what you showed us on the Irish Setter, I just can hope our Irish Setter friends and owners have taken a lot of it home for their red kids. Biggest thank you to everyone, Diane, our exhibitors, spectators, friends and workshop attendees
It was time again for SHOW TRAINING
Mr James Newton flew in for the weekend 22nd to 24th of November. From offering 1 day for 12 teams we have had to add another half day as we got so many entries. What to say ? great time for all teams and it was lovely timing as there where more shows ahead in December for most of the attendees. Thank you again to all of you ! some travelling long distances to join us. Brigitte Luedemann thank you as well – best catering on both days. Evenings spend in great company, with loads of fun and laughs, new stories and gossips. Hope we can find a date in 2020 to offer another workshop with James.
November 17th, 2019 CACIB Kortrijk
Judge : Mr Wolfgang Eickert, DE
A European meeting with the Amscot gang / UK was planned a long time ahead. And it was great to be back at the show in Kortrijk again. With flying colors Vegas finished her InternChampion FCI – big congratulations. My boys did me proud. Marlon winning Intermediate and finished with CAC/CACIB. Vito won Best Veteran.
Oct 7th to Oct 16th, 2019
Leaving Purina Farm we had a week at Munroc again, hunting ground hogs and racoons. Best watching the baby cows.
On Saturday 12th on my way up to Michigan I drove over to Urbana, Ohio to get Brando, Pixie and Lilly shown.
Kids did very well, whereof Brando went 1st, BOW, BOB nothing in the groups, collected first points for his Am Ch. From there I followed Rhonda to the TarTan FT grounds where she awaited me with the biggggggest smile in her face. Wynn won open derby handled by her.
We than moved over to the National Walking FT grounds in Ionia/Michigan. One word say it all for me : COOKING
Great time spend in the kitchen ! thank you a number of Gordoners for help and Dianne Avery and Ben Levi for always ready for a chat and taking over the worst job, cleaning up the clubhouse after we all left. Was great to see my sweetest Duncan (AmCh,Dtch,ChPL Somerled Glen Rex at Munroc) with Frank Watters and found time to give him, Duncan a great grooming before he was allowed to meet the owner of his possible fiancé 😊
As there is always a plan … from Ionia I had a free day to reach my flight back home from Detroit together with …. BREXIT ! Gunner the MinPin joined me in the cabin. Check in and flight was just perfect. Thank you KLM ! Gunner to stay home with me till Crufts and we all had great hopes he is getting a ticket for enter him. More later on this project.
Saturday Sept 28th to Oct 6th, 2019
Brando and me flying out from Amsterdam to Atlanta, as always in the last years using KLM. This time big troubles at the check in, new rules ! box has to have a metal door ! they did not accept my LUFTHANSA box which they where flying around a least 10 times before. OK there is an KLM shop in the basement, so another crate shopped an Brando finally check in.
Quiet flight till we where ahead of Atlanta … the airport closed due to bad weather conditions. KLM plan running short of fuel, so the pilot decided to go and fill up at Knoxville and wait for news from Atlanta. My poor boy in the hold some extra 3 hours on the plan, as after we got some fuel Atlanta opened again and we flew back. Till I got my car and ready to drive out from Atlanta it was midnight .. it was planned by than I will be in Murfreesboro. I made it till around Chattanooga and found a Hotel for me and Brando. Good news was that we have had to be in the ring only by 13:00 on the Sunday at the Murfreesboro shows. Short night and we reached the showground early enough that Cheryl Mika could get the final US touch on Brando. Ring time and of he went … 1st and BOB. He was also entered in NOH and the judge was full of compliments for him and we got a group 2. His very first show in the states, sure it was his great great grand Dads Karma! Hunter got his first Major 2005 at the same show. Thank you Cheryl and AJ for making him looking a US show dog. Of we went on cloud 9 toward Paris/Kentucky to spend some days at Munroc Farm and continue from there to the GSCA National held at Purina Farms from Oct 3rd till Sunday the 6th.
Rhonda followed with her big trailer and with all the dogs entered at the National and also the following hunt tests further up north in Michigan. We had entered 5 Gordons and did quiet well. Was so pleased that Diane allowed us to take Destiny (Veteran) and sweet many Sissi (BOB) with us to the show.
This is getting a long story .. Short cut ! we had fun ! we loved meeting up with so many old and new friends. Chatted a lot and listen to gossips.
Brando – showed of himself in breed by class ! we got a third ! I’m so proud of this young man.
While I was showing Brando my young boy Marlon was handled by his breeder in UK at the
BGSC Champion Club show. Judge Mrs. Esther Joseph /Australia. Marlon first time in Post graduate, I was in tears when the message came in .. he won the class. Thank you Keith ! and thank you the great photos I got later on of his day. Big thank you to the judge as well.
Weekend Sept 14/15th, 2019
Keith, welcomed Marlon home in Fareham/UK during the time I was flying out to USA later in the month. Thank you Cari & Keith so much again for all you have done for him and of course for me.
Sunday September 9th, 2019
I was on my way to the Belgium Club Show in Wommelgem
Stopped over at Anja’s to take Misty with me as well. So me and 4 Gordons rolling again.
Judge: Mrs Sheila Huges/UK
Vito in Veteran an Exc2 it was not his day
Marlon showed well and got Exc1 and Junior BOB
Brando getting more and more grown up, Exc1 and another CAC in Belgium
Misty thought: my Mum loves ribbons ! Exc1, best Bitch, CAC
My drive home was overshadowed by an evil assumption which nearly spoiled a friendship.
September 1st, 2019
I was running for my Club Pointer & Setter e.V. the local CAC show at Elstorf/Germany
We had invoted 2 judges Mrs. Susy Roffey/UK and Mrs. Malgorzata Supronowicz/PL
For both ladies it was their first time judging in Germany. We had a lovely entry and a number of happy exhibitors driving out. Weather was fantastic little overcast, 5 min some raindrops, perfect for our Setters and pointers. Thank you to my judges, ringhelpers and exhibitors.
CAC/CACIB Mechelen / Belgium
17.08.2019 Judge : Mr W Hochstenbach exc 1 CAC/CACIB BOB and finished with GROUP III
18.08.2019 Judge : Mrs C. Pil – ex 1 CAC/CACIB BOB
What a lovely weekend to earn 2 more tickets toward his Belgium Champion
BOURNEMOUTH CHAMPION SHOW – August 19th, 2019
Judge Mrs Annette Mappin
Another great weekend for our Gordon gang
Junior Dog : Marlon – Locksheath Back in Black 2nd
Limit Dog : Brando – Munroc Beretta YEAH he won the strong Limit class which also gave him his studbook number ! Crufts life time entry
Veteran : Vito – Ludstar Don Corleone got 2nd
PG Bitch : Avie – Munroc Honkey Donk Girl got 4th Res.
Open bitch: Misty – Somerled Islay Mist finished our day with a VHC (5th)
CAC HUDE 04.08.2019
Judge Mr. Jean Pierre Achtergael
Was a first time that the VDH-Weser Ems held a show at this agricultural exhibition grounds ! it was just great – loved it. Only Brando was entered trying to get his final ticket for the german Champion
He did it ! pending VDH confirmation he will be known as BISS, DtCh, BeJuCh Munroc Beretta. Our plans for him travelling with me to USA later the year came to a confirmation as well.
Thank you to my friends fm the ringside helping to show him for me. He finished his day with
Exc1 AnwVDH, CAC and BOB
LEEDS Championship show – July 28th, 2019
Judge Mr. Richard Bott
I showed the boys in 2018 at the German Bundessieger under Richard. But it makes a big difference to show your Gordons in UK. This was my main reason to enter a 2nd time and sure hoping for good results again. Which happened
Junior dog – Marlon Locksheath Back in Black 2nd
PG dog – Brando Munroc Beretta a respectable 2nd as well
Veteran – Vito Ludstar Don Corleone 1st with another lovely critique fm the judge.
Open bitch – Misty Somerled Islay Mist VHC
July 13th 2019 – Britse Staandehonden Show in Appeldorn/NL
What a day – great results – flying home the big cloud
thank you GSVN for another great, well organized show. Thank you to our judges
Gordon Setter & BIS Veteran Mrs J. Bennett (UK-Jesham) and
Setter & BIS Junior judge Mrs V, Watkin (UK-Valsett)
our results could not have been better :
Marlon – Locksheath Back in Black
Class Exc1, Best Junior and OMG BIS Junior 2019
Brando – BISS, BeJuCh Munroc Beretta
Class Exc1, Dog CAC and BOB
Vito – BISS,CIB,AMCh,DtCh,ChIt,NLVetCh,WW2018 VetBOB, 1 CC&3resCC Ludstar Don Corleone Veteran Class Exc1 Best Veteran, BIS Veteran
Avie – Munroc Honkey Tonk Girl
open class Exc1 resCAC
Misty – DtCh,ChLux,ChPL Somerled Isaly Mist
Champion class Exc3
June 22nd 2019 – Blackpool Champion Ship Show
Our Judge : Mrs Patsy Hollings
Day started missing the Junior class with Marlon – sorry my boy
Brando – BISS,BeJuCh Munroc Beretta a lovely 2nd in Post Graduate
Vito – BISS,CIB,AMCh,DtCh,ChIt,NLVetCh,WW2018 VetBOB, 1 CC&3resCC Ludstar Don Corleone
won Veteran class and went best Veteran.
As I needed a good stacking picture of Brando – thank you Keith W. a stunning picture of Brando reached me during the night. Driving home I take my time and stopped over in Oxford again. Hugs to Lorraine and Mum. See you soon.
Weekend 14th to Monday 17th of June
Oh man what a great time ! James Newton came in to hold 2 handling workshops for us.
Day 1 the Setter & Pointer and day 2 a kennel meeting organized by Ulf B./ vom Belauer See
Field & English Springer Spaniels. To start all these James and me went to see Phil Collins in Hannover, lucky me got some great tickets the week before. Sure all of James ‘students’ went home with some good advises and new tricks. We are already getting very positive reports.
The same weekend on June 16th, 2019 one of my favorite girls in USA finished her AmCh !
Sylvanus Athena At Munroc. Congratulations all involved. Still think with a big smile handling her at the GSCA National 2 years ago in Frankenmuth. Well done Athena.
A long Holiday weekend for ‘White Sunday/Monday’ I was invited to come and present our breed at the british days held at castle Remmeringhausen. 2 days with sooo many people interested in our breeds. As it was the first time we got invited we had 7 Irish Setter and 4 Gordons with us. Brando Mr Mischief broke the leash jumped in the pond and found the ducks of another exhibitor … ducks rushed into the pond and where just better swimmer than him. Thankfully all, dog & ducks came back into there places without being harmed too much, at least the dam Gordon smiled over his innocent face.
04.06.2019 Gunner on his final leg now to go and see his MinPin friends in Kentucky
Thanks Rhonda for coming to pick him up and spend some time with us here. So much appreciate
02.06.2019 HAPPY 9TH BIRTHDAY
BISS,CIB,AMCH,DTCH.CHIT,CRUFTS BOB2012, WWVEt2018,VetChNL,VetChDE
1 CC, 3 resCC LUDSTAR DON CORLEONE or for me DO I LOVE YOU VITO
Thank you again Ludo and Michele to let him come to my house
CACIB Neumünster 25.05.2019
As it was planned Rhonda is here this weekend … I entered all the boys
Thank you so much Beate E. to come and visit me that weekend and help me a the ringside
Our results under judge Mrs. Elena Kuleshova/Ru – thank you again
Vito – Ludstar Don Corleone : Vet class Exc 1 AnwDtVetCh, & 3rd in all breed Vet group
Wayne – DtCh Munroc John Wayne At Shaker Hill : Ch Class Exc 1 AnwVDH, resCACIB
Brando – BeJuCh Munroc Beretta : open class Exc1 AnwVDH, CAC, CACIB, BOB
When asking the judge why Brando won against his father … loved her answer : both deserve to be seen at the main ring again. Brando was later short listed in Group 7 under judge Mr. Linneweber. Great weekend thank you again Beate for your company
SHE DID IT SHE DID IT
Munroc Lybers to Paris known as Libby finished her AmCh on May 19th 2019 at the Marietta shows in Ohio
Her picture hereunder could be the 1:1 copy of the Champ pic of her mother Belle
We are over the moon with this
SPRING WINNER DORTMUND May 17th, 2019
Judge : Mr Sjoerd Jobse/SE
Vito in Veteran Class – Exc1 AnwDtVetCh, VetBOB, short listed in Vet Group
Brando in open Class – Exc 1 AnwDtCh, resCACIB (wouwww was so happy)
USA again … the Perry shows around Atlanta mid of April, official papers arrived May 9th
Fiona – now know as AmCh Munroc Caledonia Fiona won 3 of the 5 entries (she missed one due to traffic) finishing her AmCh in a heartbeat.
Diane went out with Sissi – Munroc Mercury Mansart At Shaker Hill to show under
Mr Frank Kane/UK at the Bucks County Kennel Club. Yeah could not be more happy
Sissi went WB over Specials … sorry no pic taken at the show ground
Mid of April more things on my to do list …. BREXIT NO DEAL or better known as Gunner
Was decided to come and stay with me till Rhonda find time and pick him. His size can always be flown as cabin dog so no hustle to prepare a smooth transport
I never would have dreamed that I fall in love again … meet MinPinscher
Gunner – Jaegerson Son Of A Gun
No he is not a Gordon Setter even so he behaved like being the size
of a Great Dane. Thank you Susan to let him go so far ! we come back 😊
GSA Champ Show at Stoneleigh Park April 13th 2019
Judge for male – Mr Ivaldi/It
I went with only one of the boys – Brando – BeJuCh Munroc Beretta
Entry in Post graduate 11 – so proud of him ! He won the class and moved better than ever
March 31st , 2019
Marlon – Locksheath Back in Black OMG where did this year disappear
Happy 1st Birthday sweetheart
We are awaiting Nikki to fly into Europe just ahead of Crufts
She is out of the König x Athena litter 3/5 born on Nov 3rd, 2018
We are sure she will fit perfectly into her new home. Can’t wait to meet
all of you again.
Taken me now the 5th year in a row to Paris/Kentucky. Love my chores which is taking care of the cooking and make sure all competitors feel a little bit pampered by the working field
The Dortmund show weekend is always a good chance to meet a lot of Setter people around the rings and have the gossips of the past year. The plan as usual have been done long time in advance. WW 2018 Vegas stayed with me already to try to get her first ticket for the german champion ship and maybe add a CACIB or 2 for her CIE. The plan worked perfectly
Nov 16th 2018 Day 1 : Herbstsieger judge Dr K Schmidt/DE
Marlon very promising 1 in puppy
Vegas Exc1 AnwDtChVDH, resCAC, resCACIB
Nov 17th, 2018 Day 2 : ok we are crazy .. we went to Kortrijk/BE, judge : Mrs Susan Stone/CH
First of all we meet up with Jean, Godfrey and sweet Raina to show all our kids under Susan
Marlon very promising 1 in puppy
Brando Exc 1 in open class
Vito Exc1 in Veteran resCACIB
Vegas in Intermediate Exc1 CAC CACIB & BOB
Raina in Champion Exc1 resCAC, resCACIB
Nov 18th, 2018 Day 3 : we went back to Dortmund for the Bundessieger, judge . Mr Richard Bott / GB
The weekend could not end better
Marlon very promising 1 in puppy
We celebrated together with friends from Belgium, thanks Ronny ! the Netherlands, Ireland and UK the 3rd CC of Raina from the weekend before, gaining her UK title
Brando Exc 2 with 1 Ticket AnwDtChVDH in open class
Vito Platz 1 in Veteran, best Veteran and finishing his day with BOB and shortlisted in the group
Vegas out of intermediate Exc1 AnwDtChVDH (2 Tickets) CAC, CACIB and BOS
Now after this power weekend Vegas WW2018 Amscot Love Is In The Air JW has a total of 3 CACIB in NL, BE & DE and 3 Tickets for her German Championship – way to go sunshine. Congratulations to Amscot for all your success in 2018. As in between Pointer&Setter and the Dortmund shows Raina finished her UK Championship.
As said above the plan worked.
Setter & Pointer Nov 3rd 2018
Judge Mrs Elaine Roberts
Marlon 2nd in minor puppy
Brando 3rd in post graduate
Vito 2nd in Veteran
Spending a fantastic time out in USA little sightseeing in NYC followed by the
1st GSCA National Walking Gun Dog Championship in Dover/Delaware held on Oct 22nd & 23rd, 2018
What to say … great dogs all around, great Gordon owners, handlers and fanciers. Glad I was able to be there even so again I spend most of the time in the kitchen. Oh man, all these allergies nowadays
The BGSC champ show held on Oct 13th 2018
Judges : Mrs Carol Moore for dogs, Mr Frank Kane for bitches
a great day all in all ending with a very sad phone call in the evening.
Marlon 3rd in minor puppy
Brando reserve in yearling
Vito 2nd in Veteran, felt so sorry he was not called back when the Vet winner got the CC
Handling Raina for 2nd in open and the star of the day again was Miss Vegas gaining her 2nd CC
Starting celebrating at our Hotel in Stoneleigh we got the horrible news of the sudden death of our friend Petra Rudloff. She run so many shows in Germany for the Verein für Pointer and Setter as well always gave a helping hand to the VDH if needed. Petra we still can’t believe what happened. R.I.P. you are missed by so many.
As I was running the 2 days show in Bremen we had a least a chance to rush out to Belgium for the Belgium Gordon Setter Club Show held in Wommelgem on Sept 1
6th,2018. Judge : Mrs C Pelka / DE
Marlon his first show in puppy got VP2
Brando won intermediate class and finished with the resCAC
Thank you BeGSC for a lovely day out.
Amsterdam … the World Dog Show 2018 .. showing over 3 days in a row. Had taken the girl gang from Amscot home with me after National Gundog to get them ready for the WDS weekend. Rhonda was flying in from USA to help me with grooming of the gang. Entries where booked long ahead, Hotel reservations done, flights for Rhonda and Cheryl sorted, Jean and Godfrey booked in as well in AMS and the drive home for the girls organized. YES the beautiful so much missed rosette won by Vegas from National gundog was a found in the very first folding crate I opened up 😊 sorry James taking all the blame on your shoulders for quiet a time.
Now Lets compare the 3 days in a short way
Brando – he won his intermediate class each day with Exc 1
Vito – he won Veteran Class every day and got 2 x Best Veteran of breed as well as Veteran World winner and his NL Veteran Champion title.
Sissi got 2 x 2nd and 1 x 3rd in a very strong intermediate class shown first time on international showgrounds. She was flying home to USA with Cheryl the day after the shows.
OMG and now Vegas again : she won intermediate class all 3 days BUT on day 3 at the WDS under Mr. Wil Hochstenbach she topped it all …World Winner 2018 CAC, CACIB and BOB
Raina 2 seconds and the class winner on day 2
Let me use Rhondas notice on the girls :
We had the privilege to groom both of Jean Collins’ bitches Raina (CIE/FCI,DtCh Storskogens Amor Joy Of Amscot) and her daughter, Vegas (Amscot Love Is In The Air JW), before and during the show. Silvia showed Raina all three days. And while she won the champion class 1 of three days, it was Vegas who was the star, going BOB over 68 at the actual World Dog Show. The judges commented “she is perfectly balanced, and not extreme, in any way”. What a complement!
I might add that both Raina and Vegas were represented in field trials all spring, and will be again for the fall season.
LEEDS July 28th 2018 judge Mrs K Wrigley
Thank you for a nice day even so the weather was just horrible the rain showers and upcoming wind are quiet scary.
Brando got VHC in graduate
Vito went best Veteran in Breed
AUSTRIA the Setter Derby was on our list again in 2018
It is always a chance to see my family for some hours and get food goodies with me.
Our judge this year : Mrs Karen Marsh
I gave the little man a first outing Marlon – Locksheath Back in Black ( Vito x Summer) ahh he did well
Finishing his day not only fast asleep in his crate but with Best Baby in Show – Thank you Karen
Brando Exc 1 with CACA out of Intermediate class
Vito won best Veteran in breed and ended with 2nd best Veteran in Show behind the BIS winner of the day.
Willow 2nd in Veteran
Sissi hurrra so happy! shown first time by me winning the intermediate class.
Avie 2nd in a very strong open class
Misty 3rd in Champion
What a great weekend we had. Thank you to the Österr Setter Club www.setter.at for again a fantastic organized show. Even it is 1100 km one way we come back for sure.
Border Union on June 17th 2018, judge Mrs J Dixon
Vito won his Veteran class
Brando 3rd in Graduate
Three Counties Ch Show on June 10th 2018, judge Mrs S. Woodhouse
Brando not in the cards. Vito 3rd in Veteran
Champion Ship Club Match Gordon Setter Vereiniging / NL on 26.05.2018
Judge Mrs C Smith
Little Marlon got a sniff of the showground
Brando Exc 2 in intermediate class
Vito Exc 1 in working gundog with resCAC
Willow won best vet in breed and 2nd best vet in group match
Avie won open class
Misty 3rd in Champion
Europasieger 2018 Dortmund May 12th 2018
Mrs Jean Collins-Pitman GS
Mrs Alenka Pokorn for IS, IRWS, ES and Pointer
Anja was the Sonderleiter for the Club and myself the ring secretary for Jean
Good entries, some lovely dogs and a great weekend with friends.
The Scottish Kennel Club Champ Show on May 20th 2018
A chance to visit crossing the tunnel the Vito’s litter at the Whitings home. You might know what happened .. decision taken and Marlon got new owners. In partnership with Keith Whiting he will join into my home in Germany soon. The next chance was to finally get to see Jean & Godfrey in their new home in Edmundsbyers on the way back. Showing under Mr C Mackay went well for Vito – he won his Veteran class.
Brando not in the cards. Handling Raina for Amscot gave her another resCC.
CAC Bestensee May 5th 2018 judge Mrs C Pelka/DE
Taken the youngsters and got smashed
Both shown in intermediate class – winning the class
Sissi finished with resCAC
Brando I was really flying home .. exc1 CAC BOB and finished with BIS
Shown Wayne after a long time he won Champion class and got the resCAC
CACIB Lingen April 29th, 2018 judge : Silke Lohkamp-Sommer
Brando got 2nd in his intermediate class and finished with resCAC, resCACIB
Sissi joining us got a 2nd in her class as well
Jugendsuche LG Westfalen on 21st of April
YES I’m happy handling Sissi she did it ! so we have a great time here with her preparing
For her to join back into her USA family after the WDS in August
Gordon Setter Association Champ Show help April 14th, 2018 Dog Judge Mrs S Tye
A day to remember .. I had a fall in the ring at the late afternoon running Vito in the BVIS competition
We lost it, including some my front teeth. More scares in my face and a big dentist work and money ahead.
Vito won his Veteran class
Brando got reserve in Junior (which is not listed in the result list of the GSA homepage)
Even with all the wounds in my face the party after the show was hilarious – WHO WENT BIS
And more drinks where spilled down throats mamamia what a night. Thank you to all who came up to me to help clearing and cooling my injuries.
March 18th 2018 CAC Wegberg under judge Mrs S Brophy / IRL
Anja was was so kind to show Brando for me in junior class – he finished
His day with Exc1 AnwDtJuCh, Landesjugendsieger, Best Junior
Thank you Sue and Anja
With heavy heart we have to report the sad news of Patrick’s passing on Saturday March 10th, 2018. He fought a long time but had no chance against this cancer beast.
We spend a wonderful weekend in UK meeting old friends in Oxford and Evesham. Thank you Lorraine & Mum Jean, Mary, Bert & Rob Dyde. It is as always so good to see you and share our gossips. Gundog day was a blast as always so much love that crazy atmosphere. Sorry Jean ! but finally I found people for the Chardonnay so it was not waste to carry him in. An early start for us as Vito was in the first class of the day, Veterans and the day started with winning the class. So much love this boy, thank you to all the compliments he got. I loved to collect the hugs from so many of you. A short breath and than it was young Brando’s turn in junior class – he behaved himself and we went home with a blue rosette 2nd place. Later Vito earned best Veteran in breed. The girls did us proud and showed so well. Now let the pictures speak. More pictures you can find on my Facebook page
Saturday March 3rd, 2018
Entered little sweetheart Brando in Belgium – Thank you Leen and the Bournefield gang for an always great company and we never will lose weight with all the goodies you offer. That young feller was unbelievable in the breed ring still a bit overdone, he went first in the main ring with all the other junior winners of the day, guess we had a group of 40 junior all breeds in the ring. Wouw he got shortlisted under the last 8. Later the day gaining as well the BOB we went back to the main ring for the Group 7 competition. Having a 16-month-old boy I did not expect anything. Suddenly we made the cut and MAMAMIA he got the Group 2 placement. Thanks to honorable judge Mr Krol/PL.
A training day with Mr James Newton on Jan 27th, 2018
Thank you James !!! as you can read above it made us a much better team!
Still thinking how we can organize to have you here with us for a handling workshop.
We so much enjoyed our day and so pleased to see Setter people around as well.you can find all about James on Facebook.
Manchester Champion Show Jan 21st, 2018
A good training for the crew to get prepared for Crufts after the Christmas time.
Brando’s result gave him already the ticket for Crufts 2019. Vito showed well and got a 2nd in Veteran for first time competing in that class. Mrs Jean Collins-Pitman entrusted me with handling lovely Raina for the first time in UK. Meanwhile I start to believe the rumors she
loves me. We went out the ring with 2nd in open class and finished the day with another resCC for her.
CACIB Nuernberg Jan 14th, 2018
I’ve taken the ride down to Nuernberg when I found out that Vito whom I rarely show in Germany is short of 1 ticket only for his DtCh(VDH). So, we tried our chances and it worked.
Vito finished the day with Exc1 AnwVDH, CAC/CACIB, BOB and a group 2. Our judge Mrs Alenka Pokorn had a lot of kind words on young Brando’s movement and he got as well his junior ticket and the junior BOB. Thank you Alenka and it was good to see so many people from that area whom we do not meet too often due to the distances. A lovely day.
Paris/Kentucky Dec 8-10th, 2017
Another walking gundog trial for Gordon Setter and all breed at Rhonda’s farm. We got a lot of new people in and it was just so good to see all these beautiful talented dogs in the fields.
For me as well the big chance every year to hug and kiss the gang hanging out with Rhonda.
A lot of new plans for 2018 where on the table and finally we will see the results during the coming month. Sure all people enjoyed the stay even so the weather was not too kind but we all managed to survive.
Eurodogshow Kortrijk / Belgium Nov 19th, 2017
Planned this show venue for some good reasons, the honorable breed judge Mrs Diane Stewart-Ritchie and it was on the way to drive to UK taking Raina home after her stay to finish her European titles DtCh(VDH) and the famous intern Champion CIE (FCI). Which again she deserved in the first shows we went earlier before the WDS in Leipzig. Let’s come back to Kortrijk. A lovely entry in Gordons and wouw all my team players won their classes and got their tickets. Finally, I even needed help in the breed ring for the BOB as Raina has had to compete against Vito. Thank you, Stephano, to handle Vito for me. The BOB went to Raina and we girls moved forward to the main ring. Group 7 got called in and we tried to show her beautiful movement. Group judge Mr Achtergael/BE gave us the best chance of the day and yes my crazy girl made it ! She won the group! After winning the French National in 2016 guess this was our next biggest win in Europe. Thank you, Jean, to allow her to stay we me from time to time. Can’t wait to see her again soon.
Hot news coming in from Ohio
Cameron – AmCh Munroc Be Careful Whom You Love adding JH to her name. Cameron finished yesterday at the trual in Ohio. Congratulations to team Cameron
Congratulations Truemans kids out of AmCh, PlCh Munroc Celtic Rowan
on their 1st Brithday DOB Nov 13th, 2016
Nov 12th, 2017 – Hurra, wouwww and big congratulations to Lesley and Woody
ResCC in Scotland
GERMAN WINNER & WDS in Leipzig/Germany Nov 8/9th 2017
We welcomed our visitors from UK and spend for sure some great days in Leipzig
Brando – Munroc Beretta placed both days (2nd & 4th)
Misty – Somerled Islay Mist winning Champion Class at German Winner
Raina – Storkogens Amor Joy Of Amscot resCACIB at German Winner which finished her German champion ship (pending VDH conf.) thank you judge Mrs Silke Lohkamp-Sommer
2 x CACIB Herning/DK weekend Nov. 4/5th
If you think you have seen all in the show world .. no way 😊
I take it as a final training round for Brando who at least got exc in Junior class. Excuses as you only can hunt with a Gordon that has no coat was one of the funny things to hear.
It was so cute to meet sweet little Lilja and her owners – thanks for coming.
CACIB Leuven Oct 28th, 2017
The first chance for lovely Raina – Storskogens Amor Joy Of Amscot to finish her C.I.E.
And yes ! thanks to our judge Mr A. Kulesa/LT for awarding the CACIB and BOB to her.
Brando finished with best Junior and got short listed in the big group.
October 20/21/22, 2017
Weekend to remember for sure.
Oct 22nd, 2017
South of England Gundog Club Open Show our judge Mr David Alcorn
As it was on the way home and the notice for the show come up in time we decided to give it a go. Thank you David to award the BOB to Vito AmCh, CIB, ItCh, BISS Ludstar Don Corleone. Vito was definitely in show mode
Oct 21st, 2017
BGSC 90th Anniversary Champion show with an entry of 146 Gordons
Judges – bitches : Mrs Chris Lomas dogs: Mr Dr Ron W. James
Some great results for the boys, the Ladies Misty (10 entries) & Avie (12 entries) this time not in the cards.
Munroc Beretta aka Brando first time in Junior class (8 entries) aged 1 year 1 day and still not keeping his paws on the ground got a 3rd thank you to the judge
AmCh, CIB, ItCh, BISS Ludstar Don Corleone aka Vito 2nd in open class, continued for resCC and finished the day with resBIS beaten in class, CC and BIS by his half brother ShCh Ludstar Frederik Frankenstein handled perfectly by Frances Boxal for the Ludstar Kennel.
Congratulations to all the winners of the day and thank you to our judges making that day so special. We finished with a lovely diner and some drinks. The party ended with getting Raina in my car to come home with me to try and get her final point for CIE and the german Champion. Shows booked and we look forward the ring sides. She walked into my house and made the boys crazy as the Queen she is.
Oct 20th, 2017
My poor youngster Brando spending his 1st birthday more or less in the car driving from 04:00 till 21:00 (closer on M40) to reach the Hotel close to the showground. A happy birthday here to all his siblings.
October 3rd to to 8th, 2017
American Gordon Setter Club National & gundog/field trials at Frankenmuth/MI
We showed 4 of the kids and all got placements. Whereoff sweet Cameron got as well another leg toward her JH at the trial. It was so good to meet up with old and new friends and enjoy the Bavarian Atmosphere in Michigan. Please forget the food at the Bavarian Inn.
All pictures Anja and me have taken are up at my Facebook page. Log in there and enjoy.
Here some of my favorite pics put to collages for each of our paws travelling with us.
Kentucky beg Oct 2017
The craziness begins again for the next Gordon National held in Frankenmuth. Ab little bit strange for
Germans to spend the nights in Bavarian Inn
We started grooming with Destiny – pleased to be able to show her for Diane in Vet Sweeps and Vet class
As Diane brought Destiny today she was accompanied by Brando’s Mum Izzie and her last tropies finishing American GCH
And as little Penelli is here as well we where able to make a 3 generation picture of the girls
Richmond Champion Show Sept 10th 2017
Judge Mrs. Jean Lanning (Clausentum) UK
Rough journey back and forth but worth to be there, hanging out with friends and driving home with lovely results
Brando – Munroc Beretta 1st in puppy dog
Vito – CIB, AMCh, ITCh Crufts BOB 2012 Ludstar Don Corleone 2nd in open to finish with another resCC
Thanks to the judge Mrs Lanning for the kind words
August 15th, 2017
The day she died. She went without pain and will be welcomed by the family members
Run free beautiful Amber. We are blessed with all your beautiful offspring meanwhile even with
your great grandchildren and good to know you spend your last day with little Quest a final time for you exploring Munroc Farm.
Ever in our hearts
August 2017 started with
one of the shows I try to make every year.
National Gundog held at the Three Counties showground in beautiful Malvern.
Loveliest weather conditions this year with sunshine light wind and some clouds
made a perfect show day.
Judge this year was Mr Peter Sandiford / Hernwood
Anja and I showed Brando, Vito, Avie and Misty
Entry was 101 dogs in 141 entries – our results shown on the collage.
Avie was the only one without a ticket for Crufts 2018 – now she got it ! a 3rd in a strong post graduate class brought it.
Kennel Club Mailage arrived at Munroc/USA and Alveslohe/Germany
Proudly present again our family new Champions
Weekend July 22/23rd 2017
Misty showed both days at Liege Belgium with first chance to finish IntCh CIE of FCI due to the time limit of 1 year1day
And yes shed did it pending FCI confirmation. She succed both days with CACIB BOS and got another CRUFTS Ticket
And yeah Anja checked and found that with winning both days she also finished her Belgium Championship
So asap the confirmation from the Kennel Clubs coming back she will sign her papers as
CIE, DtCh, ChLux, ChBE Somerled Islay Mist
July 23rd 2017 can not believe the Captain x Willow litter *Johnny Cash litter* turns 3 years
Happy Birthday to all of Burns siblings
July 8th / 9th 2017 – Kentucky / Ohio reports from the Huntington Kennel Club shows
9th – Koenig was Best of winners, 3 point major!
Cameron was winners bitch, that finished her!
Isabel, Best Opposite- 4 points towards grand.
Rhonda said : I am tired
Koenig = Munroc Bourbon King ( Ch Tartana Duncan Sinclair Of Phyfe JH x Munroc Lybster To Paris
Cameron = AmCh Munroc Careful Who You Love (Munroc Flying Dutchman x AmCh,CIE, DtCh Munroc Celtic Willow)
Isabel = AmCh Munroc Isabel At Shaker Hill (DC Gordon Hill Ready Or Not RN CGC x AmGCH Munroc Destination Success OA NAJ)
8th – Athena was BOW for her 1st Major
Athena = Sylvanus Athena At Munroc (AmCh Munroc Amber Sky x AmCh Tartana’sPorci Creek Kestrel JH)
Congratulations here again to Rhonda, Cindy, Diane & Jean
Also coming in over the weekend was Millie’s picture after her 2nd Major
Well done sweet girl – go for the crown
MiLLIE- Somerled Gigha has won her second major at The Minnesota Kennel Club
Link to the results is here– http://www.onofrio.com/execpgm/wbsrbred?wtsrk1=ANOK1206471SEG