The Italian Greyhound Club Championship Show 2021
- a little report from a VERY hot day!
The Italian Greyhound Club Annual General Meeting and Championship Show Celebrating the Club’s 120 Years.
It all took place this year, one year late, thanks to Covid-19, but we still celebrated as though it were last year, in a village called Yelvertoft, near the junction of the M1 and M6 Motorways, since our regular venue was not available on our re-scheduled date of 17th July 2021.
Committee members arrived around 8am to complete the set-up of rings etc. which Secretary, Gay and committee member, Rob, had commenced the previous evening. This entails a lot of physical work, and thanks must go to Simon, who assisted with erecting gazebos, as well as looking after the trophy table and the Raffle. Thanks, also to Richard, who very kindly took on responsibility for posting signage to the hall, as well as arrows directing all around a one way system around the hall and the rings, necessitated by Covid regulations from both the UK Government and our own Kennel Club Ltd.
Richard also provided us with socially distanced chairs, in the hall, for use during the Annual General Meeting.
Thanks also go to his wife Valerie, neither of whom are yet members of the Club, but, having applied for membership, surely their keenness to help will go a long way to their acceptance.
Unfortunately, as with tradition, sadly, the AGM was rather sparsely attended, with several members offering their apologies for non-attendance.
The meeting over, and several exhibitors having arrived during the AGM, to set up their various sun shades, quietly policed by Richard to ensure social distancing, the Championship Show got under way.
It was judged by Pomeranian enthusiast, Mrs Lynn Webster (Pomlyn). Mrs Sue Dunning was to have judged this show, but due to her lack of mobility, pulled out but agreed to judge just one class, a Special Champion Stakes class.
The sun was quite ferocious, but a gazebo had been erected above the judging table, and so exhibiting dogs did not suffer unduly, with the good fortune that several classes were relatively small in number.
As previously stated, quite stringent Covid restrictions were necessary, but, apart from just one or two comments about the frustration of having to comply, the greater majority of exhibitors were very obliging in their compliance, for which Covid Health Co-ordinator, Rob offers his thanks.
The results will be found elsewhere on this website, but we were not allowed, officially, to post the results, as is normally the case, but they could only be published online.
David Willcock (Newill) judged the Special Awards classes during the lunch break, between Lynn’s judging of dogs and bitches, followed by the Champion Stakes, ensued by Junior Handling, judged by Rob Dunning.
(It is a pity that only one Junior Handler was present, since it is this generation who, hopefully, represent the future of the Club.)
The catering, which out of necessity because of Covid, was restricted to pre-packed sandwiches, rolls scones and cakes, was supplied and served by Dorothy and Jill, who also provided perpetual tea and coffee for a one off donation to their Honesty Box. We do not have any figures as yet, but the Raffle and Catering usually produce some very welcome revenue to offset the costs of running such a show.
Once all the judging was completed, it was time to clear up and head off home, all of which was completed by our deadline of 6pm to ensure no extra hire costs from the Yelvertoft Village Hall Treasurer, who, it must be said, was extremely accommodating of The Italian Greyhound Club.
Hopefully everybody returned home safely and in reasonable time, since our show clashed with the Formula One Motor Racing weekend at Silverstone, not a million miles away!
Rob Dunning – committee member who retired on the day.
Italian Greyhound Club Championship Show – 17th July 2021
a report from the judge Lynn Webster:
It was an honour and pleasure to judge the above show and I congratulate the Officers and Committee for making such a fabulous job of setting the show up in these trying times of Covid. The weather was extremely hot, but exhibitors were very good sports and their dogs withstood the extreme heat. My overall opinion of the exhibits was the variance of type, size and some a little too slim, on the up side most were good movers and seemed to enjoy their day.
I felt there was more depth of quality in the bitches than the dogs and gave me a lot to ponder over, which with the climate of the day, decisions needed to be made briskly.
Of course, I didn’t check mouths because of the substance on my hands, so exhibitors were good to show me and overall looked correct.
BIS & BCC, Miss H Lister REVILLO GRAZIOSO stunning outline, lovely head proportions, used her ears, very feminine, in fabulous condition, of great type elegance and moved true and with purpose.
RBIS & DCC winner of Open Dog Mrs C Henshall GEMOLLI THE MAGICIAN loved his type, sweetness of expression, elegance and overall balance was a pleasure to watch go around the ring, together with true movement.
BPIS & RCC BITCH, fabulous expression, good head and eyes and ears, in super condition, gave her all, one to watch for in the future, true flowing movement.
Mrs C Henshall CH GEMOLII JOISE DE VIVRE JW ShCM VW 11yrs looked as good today as she did when I gave her a CC, of fabulous type, nice flowing lines put down to perfection, great to see her moving around the ring, true movement.
VETERAN DOG (2)
1 CH ANJUSKAR FASHIONED IN CHELANIS Mrs S Vincent 9 yrs in super condition and moved steadily and true, very worthy Champion
2 CH TURNIGER THUNDERBOLT JW Mrs B Henley, 10 yrs, another in super condition and very laid back temperament, loving his day out and very much a worthy Champion
MINOR PUPPY DOG (3)
RBPIS, BPD & 1 LITTLEBRITON BOMBERS MOON Ms S Satchell, 7 ½ months did all that was asked of him, neat in head and had the button ears which I hope will change as he gets older, overall shape and his movement were very good. Would like a little more weight on him, there is time.
2 LITTLEBRITON MOON WARRIER Mr R Lowe, I see litter brother of 1, slightly taller but carried himself well round the ring, typy and moves well.
3 LAMOYE’S OPHIS ADVENTURER Dr J Mellis a different type, has the elegance, in good condition, moves well.
PUPPY DOG (3)
1 Littlebriton Bombers Moon
2 LIttlebriton Moon Warrier
3 VALENTINI EDOARDO Ms C Walton a different type, elegant, more square, in good condition and moved ok.
JUNIOR DOG (2)
1 Littlebriton Moon Warrier
2 Valentini Edoardo
NOVICE DOG [4,1abs]
1 VALENTINI FRANCESCO Ms C Walton neat in head and ears, a length of neck, well muscled but kept his elegance, in super condition, moved with purpose.
2 GEMOLLI MIDNIGHT MAGIC Mrs C Henshall smaller dog with good poise when he decides to stand still, it was hot, another in super condition, moved well.
3 Littlebriton Moon Warrier
POST GRADUATE DOG [4, 1 abs]
1 Valentini Francesco
2 LAMOYE’S OPHIS LEGACY Dr J Mellis of similar size to first, neat in head and elegant, of slim build in good condition, and moved with purpose.
3 LABORGHINI IMPERIAL SPRITZ
MINOR LIMIT DOG [1abs]
LIMIT DOG  RDCC 7
1 KIMBILDON THE EARL OF ERROL Mrs L Lockie loved his expression length of neck, overall size, shape, elegance and in fabulous condition with true movement.
2 CHRISFORD DARE DEVIL DENNIS AWS Ms M Hayden-Smith neat in head and ears, a bit more length of neck would have given a better outline but an honest dog, moves well
3 CHRISFORD ROUGH RIDER
OPEN DOG  DCC & RBIS
1 GEMOLLI THE MAGICIAN
2 SALANTINI SANTINO Ms N Hunter neat in head and ears, liked his size, in super condition, moves well
3 ARTMEIS MAGICAL MOONLIGHT RES CH TAMISKENE RHUMA JW VHC TAMISKENE LAST TANGO IN CHELANIS SPECIAL PROGENY DOG [2, 1 abs] 1 Ch Turniger Thunderbolt JW [took a random picture of some of the progeny too] VETERAN BITCH [4,2 abs]
BEST VETERAN IN SHOW
1 CH GEMOLLI JOIE DE VIVRE JW ShCM VW 2 TAMISKENE OKLAHOMA ANNIE Mrs G Bird overall an elegant girl, taking it all in her stride, moves well
MINOR PUPPY BITCH 
1 FORMOSITAS FLORENTINA Mrs M Smith loved her overall elegance and balance, interesting to see her mature.
2 LAMOYE SECOND EDITION Dr J Mellis very much a babe and will be good see her more finished, a larger girl than first. Moved well.
3 MINITOPO VANILLA PUPPY BITCH [7, 4 abs] RBCC & BPIS ARTMEIS SUMMER BREEZE AT BIRCHWIND
2 CHRISFORD RUMOUR HAS IT WITH SKILAKI Ms Z Thrasivoulou overall bigger bitch, saying that a lot to like, still has the puppy look about her will be interesting to see her mature. Moves well.
3 LITTLEBRITON PAPER MOON
JUNIOR BITCH [4, 2abs]
1 ARTMEIS CADENCE Mrs J Amsel, neat head and ears, has elegance, good spring of rib and overall shape, in good condition, moves true
2 CHRISFORD CHASING PAVEMENTS Mrs K Rutter sweet expression, loved her markings, has elegance moved with purpose.
NOVICE BITCH [9, 3abs, 1 withdrawn]
1 OPHIS SOPHISTICATED LADY LAMOYE Dr J Mellis, sweet expression loved her type, elegance and in super condition and moves well.
2 LITTLEBRITON DRAGON QUEEN Ms J Carmody, loved her type and size, elegant, moves with purpose
3 SALATINI SATINELLA RES CRYSTALDRIFT DAWN SONG VHC ZEPHYRELLI RAPHAELLA
POST GRADUATE BITCH [12, 2 abs]
It was such a good class to judge, any could have changed placed on another day.
1 KIMBILDON BLUE BONNETS Mrs P Langlands sweet expression, used her ears. Loved her size and elegance, in fabulous condition and moved true.
2 FLORITA FAVIANNA [A1] Miss H Lister loved her type, has elegance and well tucked up, in super condition and moved well.
3 Ophis Sophisticated Lady Lamoye RES TOERAG LITTLE SUNBEAM JW VHC LITTLEBRITON WINTER IS HERE MINOR LIMIT BITCH [5, 1abs]
1 KIMBILDON HIGHLAND FLING JW Mrs P Langlands , loved her type, size, in super condition and moved true
2 Littlebriton Winter is Here Mrs J Doherty, sweet head, elegant and moved well.
3 ZEPHYRELLI REGINNIA RES SALITINI SILHOUETTA
LIMIT BITCH [11, 3 abs, 1 withdrawn] Another great class to judge.
BIS, BCC 1 REVILLO GRAZIOSO
2 ARTMEIS OVER THE MOON Miss S Thompson loved her type, elegance, her overall shape, moves well
3 MY FUNNY VALENTINE AT LAMOYE [Imp]
RES SALATINI SERAFINA VHC ANSANDA GLITTER AND GOLD
OPEN BITCH 
1 REVILLO AMOROSSO Miss H Lister, another great girl with lots to like, her type, elegance and movement.
2 GEMOLLI ANTIQUE TAPESTRY JW, Mrs C Henshall loved her type and overall size in fabulous condition, moves well.
3 JAROS A DANCE WITH DRAGONS [Imp]
RES TAMISKENE VIENNESE WALTZ VHC Ansanda Glitter and Gold
SPECIAL PROGENY BITCH [2 withdrawn]
Lynn Webster [judge] 31st July 2021