Breed Notes, 27th July 2017
Leeds Ch Show was held at Harewood House where there were classes for Dandies but no CCs. Our judge was Bert Easden (Yakee) who had an entry of 13 dogs with 5 absent. He found his BB & BOB in Ch Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit JW ShCM, owned by Barbara Milton, with litter brother Hawkesmill Jefferson at Etsill, owned by Barbara Kurg, taking Best Dog. They were bred by Graham and Margaret Russell. Misses M & E Cavannagh's German Dandies Zorro at Puddockswell was Reserve Best Dog, with Reserve Best Bitch and Best Puppy Etsill Fara, owned and bred by Barbara Kurg. Fara then went onto Puppy Group 3 under David Guy. Best Veteran was Laura Sleight's Cassencarrie Madalaina at Bonnybeck.
Club Chairman Paul Eardley took a trip to Sweden to the Nordic Terrier Show to judge Dandies among other breeds. He found his Best Dog & Best of Breed in Ch & Multi Ch Inzievar Wins Gold (Ch Vistca Vian of Hendell ex Inzievar Silver Charm) owned by Kjell and Eva Eriksson, bred by Frances Chapman King. Best Opposite Sex went to Multi Ch Inzievar Glittering Gold (Ch Vistca Vincent ex Avonview Ben Avon at Waitensee) owned by Marianne Blixr and again bred by Frances. It is interesting to note that the sires Vian and Vincent are litter brothers.
The third day of the Dandie Dinmont Festival was again dry and sunny as we all gathered in the Market Square where a statue of Sir Walter stands in front of the historic courthouse of which Sir Walter was the Sheriff of Selkirk. The Courthouse was opened especially early so visitors could take the tour and 'Sir Walter Scott' aka John Nichol was there to greet the Dandies and owners. Across the Market Square is The Fleece, very significant in the history of the Dandie Dinmont, this is where the inaugural meeting of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club was held in November 1875. In 2000, the 125th anniversary of the Club, a plaque celebrating this landmark was unveiled by the then Club Patron Dame Jean Maxwell Scott, the last living descendant of Sir Walter. Unfortunately when the Fleece changed ownership the plaque was removed and got passed on. The new landlord at the Fleece welcomed the Dandies and owners and even had a special menu with a Dandie slant. A new plaque was installed commemorating the founding of the Club and this was unveiled by Club Chairman Paul Eardley.
Visitors then gathered again to be greeted by a piper who lead the parade from the Market Square down to The Haining House where there photo calls and a parade around the House past the dignitaries and Simon took some stunning shots with his drone. 
It was then time for the main event. The pipers lead the procession to the kennel area which, since the first time we visited, has been hugely improved. Paul Keevil introduced Mr Wilson Young, Director of the Kennel Club, who performed the Ribbon Cutting to officially open the Discovery Centre, inside which we saw presentations of the Dandie, its history and development. Simon Rishton had very kindly donated a computer into which you could put your Dandies KC registered name and their pedigree will come up going right back to Old Ginger - remarkable when you think you are standing in the kennel where Old Ginger was born. Back to the kennel area where Mike Macbeth thanked everyone for attending and supporting this venture. She then introduced Michelle Ballantine, the new chairman of the Haining Trust, who unveiled the statue of Old Ginger with the sculptor Alexander 'Sandy' Stoddart looking on. It is a remarkable piece of work. Everyone wanted their photo taken with Old Ginger and their own Dandie. When the Kennel was refurbished there was stone left over and you could buy these pieces with a certificate of authenticity to your own bit of Dandie history, all proceeds going to the Haining Trust. There was also a specially bred fuchsia by J V Porter of Southport called, you guessed it, Dandie Dinmont. These sold like hot cakes so those who were disappointed will have to wait until next year for the new crop.
So onto the Dandie Derby. There were 118 Dandies entered with 20 visitors. £364 was raised for the Haining Trust. Whether your Dandie was an experienced racer or not everyone completed the course, some a lot faster than others. It didn't matter really who won; everyone enjoyed it. Thank you to Kenny and Shona Allen for organising this event.
To Mike and Paul and all your helpers, this was a remarkably and unique event, the planning, the detail brought history to life, those attending will never forget this adventure you took us on, a very special thank you for all your efforts.
Jackie Shore