2018 Open Show
Held in conjunction with the City of Birmingham Championship Show at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry, The Spanish Water Dog Club Open Show took place on Sunday 1st September 2019. Sponsored by Royal Canin, a total of 45 dogs made up the 50 entries within the main show. Additional classes were also held for Junior Handling, whereby the entrants were judged not on the dog, but on the capabilites of the handler in presenting the dog in the ring.
The open show also incorporated three extra Special Award Classes. These classes are specifically put on by the club, with the permission of the Kennel Club, in an endeavour to assist prospective judges to progress up the Judges List. It allows judges, newly qualified or seeking additional experience, the opportunity to examine and judge the Spanish Water Dog breed by gaining a captive audience of owners of the breed who are present at the show.
Best in Show was won by the Best Bitch and winner of the Post Graduate Bitch class, Sierrasalva's Regalo
Reserve Best in Show and best dog was won by Sh Ch Casper De Agua Salada
Best Puppy in show was taken by the Puppy Bitch winner Oh You Are Magic vom Hause Kristo of Goldfly (Imp)
Best Veteran in Show was awarded to Valentismo's Olli Dante from the Veteran Dog Class
Scroll down for details of the results from all the classes and the show photo gallery.
About The Judges
Mr James Newton
Mr James Newton became involved with Spanish Water Dogs when the breed first came off the Kennel Club Import Register in 2008. He loves their naturally extrovert temperaments and strong working ability all packed together in a medium-sized rustic package. He has handled many examples of the breed in the UK and Europe including multiple Best of Breed and Championship Show Placings, Top-Gundog All-Breeds 2014, the first UK Bitch Show Champion, the first Group 1 winner at a General Championship Show, Best of Breed at Crufts 2018, which went on to obtain a group shortlist, Best in Show at the Belgium Monografica 2017 and the first SWD to be awarded a Best in Show award at a General Championship Show.
Mr Newton's travel to Europe to watch and exhibit the bred has enabled him to further his passion for them; by talking to breeders from all over the world he has enhanced his knowledge on correct construction, rustic presentation and breed type. He has judged the breed across the UK since 2013 and has passed the relevant seminars to currently attain B List Juding status. He is also a B List Judge for Catalan Sheepdogs, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and German Shepherds and recently gained approval to become a C List Judge for Gordon Setters.
Mrs Ann Stephenson - Special Award Judge
Mrs Stephenson has owned and bred Golden Retrievers for 40 years and juged them at CC level. Additionally shes has been the scretary of the Southern Golden Retrievers Society for nearly 20 years.
In 2012 she became interested in and bought her first Lagotto Romagnolo. She went on to show with success, in order to promote the breed, and became Top Breeder of Lagotto Romagnolo in 2017. She has also received two 'Our Dogs' Top Puppy Breed Awards.
She is a trainer at her local Ringcraft Club and Judge at Open Shows, which is where she first came across Spanish Water Dogs in both breed and variety classes. Since 2013 she has held a keen interest in SWD's becuase of the origins and similarities to that of the Lagotto Romagnolo. She has attended several Spanish Water Dog breed seminars to gain more knowledge of the breed and she watches at ringside whenever possible to develop her appreciation of them.