2017


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At Midland Whippet Club Championship Show under Breed Specialist Rachel Snelgrove Whattie (Ch Ardencote What A Cracker) won the under 10 years VD aged just two and a half months short of ten years.
Photograph by Hannah Wayman





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At the South Yorkshire Whippet Club Championship Show AVA was our star of the day winning her 4th Yearling bitch class and still only 19th months of age.

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Only Gazer and Taber (PRT) went to Darlington and under Breed Specialist John Foster he was 2nd in Open Dog.
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Jenny Dove Judged the Breed and Pinto Teixeira The Hound Group at the City of Birmingham (pictured above Mr Teixeira with Ardencote Aiming High) who took the BCC, BOB & HG4!!!

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At Scottish Kennel Club under Sandra Marshall Gazer was 3rd in Open Dog and Ava took 1st in Yearling Bitch and the RBCC!!!

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At Welsh Kennel Club Gazer (Ardencote Star Gazer) won Open Dog and Ava (Ardencote Aiming High) was second in Yearling Bitch, the Judge was Breed Specialist Dawn Mason.

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At Bournemouth Championship Show Ava continued her winning ways wining both the Yearling Breed Class and The Denise Courtney Memorial Yearling Stakes.

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At the Hound Show Ava (Ardencote Aiming High) had a lovely win in the Terry Thorn Memorial Junior Stakes under Ben Ryenold-Frost.

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At Three Counties under Breed Specialist Jo Beckett-Hughes Gazer (Ardencote Star Gazer) Took a very respectable 2nd in Open and Ava (Ardencote Aiming High) was 4th in Junior.

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At Southern Counties Ava (Ardencote Aiming High) once again kept the flag flying and won her class under Henrik Harling.

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Wendall Moore was officiating at The National Dog show where Gazer was second in Limit and Ava 3rd in Junior.

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At The Whippet Club Championship Show it was a day of seconds, Sue Gillespie judged dogs, Whattie (Ardencote What A Cracker) ) took second prizes, Whattie in Veteran and Gazer (Ardencote Star Gazer) in Limit. Then under bitch judge Kevan Ellis Ava (Ardencote Aiming High) was second in Junior.

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At Manchester Championship Show under Breed Specialist Ian Halbert Ava was once again star of the kennel and won Puppy Bitch.

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We had a good start to 2017 at Boston General Championship Show where Gazer won Limit Dog, Ava won Puppy Bitch took Best Puppy in Breed and Hound Puppy Group Three. Not to be left out Mirka was third in Limit Bitch. The Judge was Breed Specialist Rob Becquet.


Left to Left to Right BCC & BOB Blue Springs Jivenchy, DCC Ch Citycroft High Society, BPIB Ardencote Aiming High (daughter of C High Society)

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The next day at the Midland Whippet Club Limited Show Ava went BPIS, Mirka (Ardencote Star Maker) won LB and Arne (Ardencote High Class) was third in PD under Breed Specialist Charley Donaldson.

Left to Right - BV Stormburst Winter Sparkles for Citycroft (Ava's paternal Great Granny), Ava (Ardencote Aiming High), BB & BIS Citycroft Supanova (Ava's paternal Granny), BD, RBIS & BOS Dark Wing, RBD & RBP Citycroft Sundae with Oxana.



2016
Two litters of puppies early in 2016 meant a slow start too showing.

At Three Counties Championship Show under Breed Specialist Margaret Dixon Gazer (Ardencote Star Gazer) and Mirka (Ardencote Star Maker) did the double both winning their classes, Gazer handled by James and Mirka by me.

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At East of England Championship Show Gazer took the CC under Sally Gibbins, handled again by James.


At Bournemouth Championship Show under Gavin Robertson Gazer (handled by James) took the RCC, his sister a very respectable third in her class and Ava (Ardencote Aiming High) was second in Minor Puppy Bitch on her very first outing.


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At Welsh Kennel Club the siblings had moved up in to their respective Limit classes, the judge Ben Reynolds Frost awarded Mirka first and Gazer a third.

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At the Whippet Club Open Show, judges Sean Samber (dogs) Steph Marston Pollock (bitches) Gazer and Mirka took both RBD and RBB, Ava was BPB and her brother Arne (Ardencote High Class) second in MPD.

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At South Yorkshire Whippet Club Championship Show Patsy Gilmour judged dogs and Torbjorn Skaar bitches, Gazer was third in Limit dog and Mirka second in Limit bitch but star of the day was Ava who went BPB.... Critique as follows.... MPB Ardencote Aiming High, well balance with a beautiful head, very good neck and topline, excellent body and proportion, very good mover.





2015
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The Hound Show saw Jussie's (Ch Ardencote Justa Cracker) first outing in veteran where she won a strong class under breed specialist Jessie McCloud, her grandaughter Ardencote Star Maker was 4th in puppy. Her grandson Ardencote Star Gazer was second in his puppy class thanks to judge Roz Holland.




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The East Anglian Whippet Club held back to back Open and Championship shows, unfortunately we were only able to go to the open show, where Mirka took Best Bitch



L to R - Diamond Web, Mulclair May Contain Nutz, dog judge Anita Mixides, Shalfleet Coffee and Cream, bitch judge Liz Burges, Collooney Fantastic Mr Fox, Ardencote Star Maker, Chibuka Political Agenda at Sharmus

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At the Midland Whippet Mirka (Ardencote Star Maker) won junior and went on to BIS




L to R - BD Zoraden Gingerbread Latte, BIS Ardencote Star Maker, Judge Yvonne Hull, RBIS Stormburst Winter Sparkles for Citycroft, BPIS Citycroft High Society


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At the Whippet Club Championship Show under Linda Jones and with the agreement of co judge Di Morgan Ardencote Star Maker was BPIS, her brother Ardencote Star Gazer was second in puppy dog



The bitch line up L to R - Bitch CC Triken Dreams Come True, Reserve Bitch CC Pelyma Princess Leia, Best Puppy Bitch Ardencote Star Maker, Best Veteran Bitch Ch Railfield Rainflower JW


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Pictured on the right Ardencote Star Maker winning Best Puppy in Show and RBBIS at the South Yorkshire Whippet Club Open Show. Mirka's brother Ardencote Star Gazer won puppy dog, her mother (Ardencote Solitaire) was third in open bitch and Veredon Just Love at Ardencote third in Junior Dog. Thank you judge Wendell Moore.


L to R - BIS Kierpark Don't Stop Me Now, Judge Wendell Moore, RBIS Marimay Moses, BPIS Ardencote Star Maker.


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At the South West Whippet Club Championship Show both Whattie (Ch Ardencote What A Cracker) and Gazer (Ardencote Star Gazer) stood second in strong classes under Michael White, Mirka (Ardencote Star Maker) went one better and won the Puppy Bitch class under Vanna Leathhart and went on to Best Puppy in Show on the agreed choice of both judges. Mirka's Sire was Best Veteran. Mirka's sister, Ardencote Starlet of Shoel, stood second to her in the puppy class.



L to R - Ch Palmik Live To Tell, Michael White, Ir Ch Shoel Golden Child, Vanna Leathhart, Ardencote Star Maker, Ch Willingwisp Star Trooper

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The Whippet Club Limited Show was held in January and both of the siblings won their Minor Puppy classes under Mrs P Molyneux and Ardencote Star Gazer went on to Best Puppy Dog.

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15th January saw a good start to the New Year, at Manchester Championship Show Mirka (Ardencote Star Maker) won her Minor Puppy Bitch class and Whattie (Ch Ardencote What A Cracker) won Best Veteran both under Espen Engh. Unfortunately we missed the MPD class due to very heavy traffic, the first time is so many years that I have ever been late for a show! Pictured below Mirka photographed by Pauline Oliver.





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2014
The 6th December was the first outing at championship level for siblings Mirka (Ardencote Star Maker) and Gazer (Ardencote Star Gazer). At the Whippet Club of Wales Mirka took a very respectable second in Minor Puppy bitch under Leigh Morris, Gazer did the same in the dog class under Angela Randall, not to be outdone by the youngsters Great Uncle Whattie (Ch Ardencote What A Cracker) won Open Dog just a month short of his seventh birthday, see below.




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2013

Lack of time meant lack of reports!
2012

OVERSEAS NEWS!!!!!!

A third member of our Kraka litter (Ardencote You’re A Cracker) has gained her title in Slovenia!!!

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At the Midland Whippet Club Championship Show under Julie Candler 'Jussie' took BCC and BIS at the decision of referee Linda Jones

Winning line up at the Midland Whippet Club's Ch Show 21st October 2012 L to R BPIS Supeta's Eclipse, RBCC & RBIS Shimmeree Black Winceyette, BCC & BIS Ch Ardencote Justa Cracker, DCC Fletchgate Star Walker, BV Ch Sportingfield Winged Dove over Dumbriton. Photograph by Colin Wilson
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At Bournemouth Ch Show under Pat Dufty 'Whattie' took RDCC
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At Paignton Ch Show under Lynn Yacoby-Wright 'Whattie' took RDCC

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Winning line up at the Joint Whippet Club's Ch Show 24th June 2012 L to R BPIS Palmik Magic Trick, BCC Elmanash Spanish Gold, Bitch Judge Kevin Ellis, Dog Judge Leigh Morris, DCC & BIS Shalfleet Simply A Lord, RDCC & RBIS Ch Ardencote What A Cracker, BV Ch Sportingfield Winged Dove over Dumbriton. Photograph by Pauline Oliver
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At The National Dog Show on 13th May under breed specialist Richard Mason Ch Ardencote What A Cracker took the CC
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At WELKS Championship Show on 28th April under breed specialist Anne Snelgrove Ch Ardencote What A Cracker took the RCC
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Champion Ardencote Justa Cracker

gained her third CC at Manchester Championship Show under breed specialist Alayna Allen



Photograph by Carol Ann Johnson

and went on to Group 3 under Michael Quinney

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2011

Ardencote Justa Cracker took RCC at Bournemouth Championship Show under Graham Hill and another at the South Yorkshire Whippet Club Show under Jill Scott-Bisset

********** Champion Ardencote What A Crackerr **********
gained his third CC at The East of England Championship Show under Ben Reynolds-Frost






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Ardencote What A Cracker took his second CC at Southern Counties under Bob Newsham




Ardencote What A Cracker DCC Huntinghill Jazzalicious BCC & BOB


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'Whattie' (Ardencote What A Cracker)started the year well with .....

***** DCC and BOB at Boston show under Breed Specialist Tracey Hoare *****

and then taking

Hound Group 2 under Paul Singleton!





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***At the Midland Whippet Club Open Show under Jan Penance 'Jussie' (A Justa Cracker) took BB and BIS whilst her litter brother 'Whattie' took RBD ***




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2010

This has proved to be a successful year for the two littermates as they moved up from their age classes to play with the big boys!

The highlight for Whattie was -
**** RDCC AT THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM UNDER BREED SPECIALIST EDITHA NEWTON *****




L to R DCC Selinko Black Diamond, RDCC 'Whattie', BP Cobyco Change Direction

For 'Jussie' it was taking her second CC at the
**** SOUTH YORKSHIRE WHIPPET CLUB UNDER BREED SPECIALIST ANGELA RANDALL ****


And taking her second RCC at the
****NWA UNDER BREED SPECIALIST ANNE SNELGROVE****






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2009

We could not show any dogs at Crufts this year as I was judging ESSs.


Easter weekend proved a good one for Lilly (Ardencote Diamond Lil), with her daughter Jussie (Ardencote Justa Cracker)at home in season Lil took BOB, Group 1 and BIS at Stratford on Avon CS Open Show on the Saturday and then BOB and Group 2 at Nuneaton Open Show on the Monday.



The following weekend, season over, Jussie won 1st in Junior Bitch and the RCC under Cathie Brown (Bluestreak)at The Northern Counties Whippet Club Championship Show at just 15 months of age!!! ................Photograph by Cathie Brown

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Six days later at WELKS she went one step better and from winning Junior Bitch took the Bitch CC under Johnstone McCloud(Peperone). *****************






Both 'Jussie' and her brother 'Whattie' (Ardencote What A Cracker pictured above and below) enjoyed a good time in junior classes with Whattie taking Best Dog and Reserve Best in Show under Viv Coulter (Collooney) at the Midland Whippet Club Open Show in June





********** ARDENCOTE WHAT A CRACKER & ARDENCOTE JUSTA CRACKER*********
*****DO 'THE DOUBLE' TWICE*****


Following a very successful run in their respective Junior and Yearling classes Jussie and Whattie did the double - at the Bournemouth General Championship show under breed specialist Helen Wayman (who had drawn an entry of 236 whippets!), they both won their Yearling classes and then at their very next show repeated their wins, this time it was the Welsh Kennel Club General Championship Show and the Judge was breed specialist Anne Defaye.



********* Ardencote What A Cracker *********
Best In Show at the Whippet Club Open Show 26th September



L to R Pipijay Starlight of Scarletfair Dog Judge Alana Morland-Allen Scarletfair Sectret Star over Windsdream "Whattie" Bitch Judge Jean Shaw Selkino Saffira


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ARDENCOTE WHAT A CRACKER R.D.C.C.





L to R 'Whattie' judge Carol Neale CC winner Champion Huntinghill The Jazz Man




2008

The summer of 2008 was the summer of whippet siblings Ardencote What A Cracker and Ardencote Justa Cracker..........
 







Ardencote What A Cracker (Ch Nevedith KFA Kraka ex Ardencote Diamond Lil) having won Best Puppy Dog at Welsh Kennel Club Championship Show aged just 7 months, Judge Ben Reynolds-Frost. Photograph by Pauline Oliver.






Ardencote Justa Cracker (litter sister to above) Best Puppy in Show at Oxford County Show Thame, her very first show. Photograph by K9 Photography.





Ardencote Justa Cracker R.B.P.I.S. Coventry (Foleshill) Open Show. Photograph Alan Walker.


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The Whippet Club Open Show Left to Right Ardencote Justa Cracker Reserve Best Bitch & Best Puppy in Show, bitch judge Alec MacKenzie, Ardencote Diamond Lil Best in Show, dog judge Miranda Hall, Best Dog Lakeisle Rainlord of Railfield, Best Veteran Shoalingam Selebration. Photograph by Molly McConkey.






Not forgetting Ardencote Tamanu who gained her first C.C. at Paignton under Max King. Photographed here at home at play.






Judging highlights:





2009 I was honoured to judge 182 ESSs at Crufts, making 210 entries this was quite a daunting task which I thoroughly enjoyed. BOB went to Trimere Talking Point at Allenie, this was his third CC so he became a champion on the day and I was delighted to watch him go group 3. BCC was Petranella Perfickly Dealt with reserves going to Sh Ch Mompesson Royal Destiny and Trimere Tigra respectively.








2003 was the second year in succession that I could not exhibit at Crufts as I had the honour of judging an entry of 128 P.R.T.s (133 entries). D.C.C. went to Lesley Roberts and Anne Murray's Mindlen Muddler Minnow, R.D.C.C. to Mark and Tina Allen's Ch. Alne Artic Fox, B.C.C. and B.O.B. Roger and Linda Bigland's Heythrop Topsy, R.B.C.C. to Heiddi Christensen's Cudweed's Ilumination.






2002 I was the elected judge for greyhounds at Crufts, this was my first time judging at this show and a great thrill. From an entry of 67 dogs making 69 entries B.C.C. and B.O.B. went to Alan Dumortier's Graal Quest Now and Ever who had travelled all of the way from France, D.C.C. was Linda Cook's Ch. Patlyns Eye of the Storm. R.D.C.C. was Jenny Paley and Paul Watson's Windspiel Northern Siberia and R.B.C.C. Brenda Rowes' Patlyns Snow White.