Judge: - Mrs Valerie Garforth (Moorbull)Winners
Best Dog and Best in Show: Joybull Rocks With Davik
Reserve Best Dog: Ardhub Under Red Sky
Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show: Ardhub Black Azz Koal
Best Opposite Sex: Ardhub Black Azz Koal
Reserve Best Bitch: Hyerdunscar I’ll Meet You at Surlatch
Best Puppy in Show: Black Sabbath At Ardhub Amber Dream (IMP)
Reserve Best Puppy In Show: Brazuca At Ardhub Amber Dream (IMP)
Best Veteran: Snetts Plum Masquerade At Keeperswatch
Pictured Left to right with Judge Valerie Garforth:- Best Dog & Best in Show: Joybull Rocks With Davik, Best Bitch & Reserve Best in Show: Ardhub Black Azz Koal.
Reserve Best Dog: Ardhub Under Red Sky.
Reserve Best Bitch: Hyerdunscar I’ll Meet You at Surlatch.
Best Puppy in Show: Black Sabbath At Ardhub Amber Dream (IMP) & Reserve Best Puppy In Show: Brazuca At Ardhub Amber Dream (IMP).
Best Veteran in show: Snetts Plum Masquerade At Keeperswatch.
I would like to thank the Committee of the N.B.C. for their invitation to judge the February Open Show. I had a super day and also thank you to my lovely stewards. I had a good entry with some excellent dogs to go over.Minor Puppy Dog (3)
I was not allowed a dog as a child and on completion of my exams my mother asked me what I would like as a present of course it was a dog. So started my love of dogs but during my teens I was more involved with horses competing at various dressage levels and judging some events. I still have two Trakehner mares but obviously the dogs have now taken over.
On moving to our property just below the moors at Hebden Bridge some 30 years ago I decided that I would like a dog as a companion when my husband was working away and was introduced to the mastiff breed by a very good friend who had an English Mastiff.
One morning whilst reading the newspaper I saw an advert for a 9 month old Bullmastiff bitch puppy for sale we rang the telephone number and went to see her and there it all began some 29 years ago. Honey as we called her came from the Pitman lines and lived to the ripe old age of 11 years. When she was about 10 years old I decided I would like another puppy to perhaps bring into the show scene. I rang various breeders including going to see the famous Bonsoro Kennels who had a litter but all were spoken for.
I ended up purchasing a puppy from a lady down south who had just had a litter to Ch Maxstoke Monty and that was the start of my love for the Naukeen blood lines. Naukeen Toffee at Moorbull being my foundation bitch whom I purchased from my good friends and mentors Doreen and Granville Blount who owned the Naukeen affix. I have only bred five litters in all my years of owning bullmastiffs out of which seven dogs have gained their stud book numbers.
I have judged at various open shows including Leeds Championship Show and Working and Pastoral Breeds of Scotland. I have obtained all the necessary seminar certificates and have been a committee member of the Northern Bullmastiff Club for many years.
I have really enjoyed my involvement with dogs – creating good friendships for me both at home and abroad. Including trips to Australia and America various times to watch the judging of their championship shows.
I look forward to judging the Northern Bullmastiff Open Show in February – an appointment I feel honoured and privileged to have been invited for.