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Championship Show

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Sunday 3rd September 2023 ushered in the sixth Spanish Water Dog Club Championship Show.  Taking place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, the show was held in conjunction with the City of Birmingham Championship Dog Show. 

This year 44 dogs made up a total entry of 61, including 17 entries in the three Special Award Classes.

This years' Best in Show,  went to the winner of the Open Dog class, SH CH/HR CH Zorrazo Hey There Yogi Bear.  This was BooBoo's 10th Challenge Certificate awarded and he is owned by Kate Hodgkinson-Rutherford and Mark Rutherford. 

Reserve Best in Show went to the Best Bitch and Bitch CC, winner of Open Bitch Class,  SH CH Rainethyme Memory Keeper JW, also winning Best Opposite Sex in Show.  Elsa is owned by Carol Palumbo.

Best Puppy in Show was taken by the Puppy Dog winner Pabiaga Sergio owned by Jan Wood.  

Reserve Dog CC

Reserve Dog CC was taken by the Junior Dog class winner, Zorazzo Kind Regards at Lendever, owned by Rachel Capille.

Reserve Bitch CC

Reserve Bitch CC was taken by Sh Ch Kurilbears September Aurora who was second behind the Open Bitch winner. She is owned by Caroline and Steve Glaysher and Fiona Donaldson.  


Best Opposite Sex Puppy was won by Pabiaga's Santana owned by Tracey Whitehead.    

Best Veteran in Show was won by Prizelands Sweet Truffle owned by Caroline ans Steve Glaysher and Fiona Donaldson and Best Opposite Sex Veteran was won by SH CH Prizelands You're the One for Rainethyme owned by Fiona Donaldson and Carol Palumbo - a double win for the Prizelands kennel.

Scroll down for details of the results from all the classes and the show photo gallery.

Main Winners

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Best In Show & Dog CC
SH CH/HR CH Zorrazo Hey There Yogi Bear
Pictured with owner Kate Hodgkinson-Rutherford

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Reserve Best In Show,
Bitch C.C. & Best Opposite Sex  In Show

SH CH Rainethyme Memory Keeper JW
Handled by Fiona Donaldson (pictured) owned by Carol Palumbo


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Best Puppy In Show and Best Opposite Sex Puppy In Show
Pabiaga Sergio owned by Jan Wood (L) and Pabiaga Santana owned by Tracey Whitehead (R)
Pictured with our Judge Richard Morris

BEST IN SHOW and Bitch CC - Pabiaga Kemina
Dog CC, Reserve Best in Show & Best Opp Sex in Show - Valentisimo's Has To Be
Reserve  Dog CC & Bitch CC
Best Veteran In Show - xxxxx & Reserve Best Veteran in Show xxxxxx
Best Puppy in Show - Zorrazo xxxx & Best Opposite Sex Puppy in Show - Prizelands xxxxxx
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Best Veteran in Show
Prizelands Sweet Truffle

Best Opposite Sex Veteran
SH CH Prizelands You're The One for Rainethyme

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Reserve Dog CC
Zorrazo Kind Regards at Lendever

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Reserve Bitch C.C.
Sh Ch Kurlibears September Aurora


About The Judges



Mr Richard Morris (Lascoed)

Richard was born into a Welsh farming family where his grandmother showed and worked Old English Sheepdogs.  He has owned Labrador Retrievers and Welsh Springer Spaniels with five Stud Book entries and showed extensively with his mother in the 1970's.

Richard started judging in 1979 and awarded Labrador CC's first in 1989.  He is now approved to award CC's in all the breeds in the Gundog Group.  He has officiated extensively overseas, including Finland, Poland, Russia and India.  Richard is well known as a regular steward at shows.  He has been a member of The Royal Kennel Club since 2007 and is currently Chairman of SWKA Championship Show.

He judged SWD at Crufts in 2012 and awarded his first set of CC's in 2017.  Richard was heavily involved in the petition to the Kennel Club by SWD breeders to retain SWD in the Gundog group.  He has also hosted several training meetings at his farm near Abergavenny for the breed.

Richard comments that it is a great privilege to be invited to judge at the Spanish Water Dog Club Championship Show and is looking forward immensely to assessing your beautiful dogs

Mrs C. Morgan (Cwsscwn) - Special Award Judge

I have been involved with dog showing since 1975 when I campaigned my first Irish Setter.  Since then I have owned and campaigned English Setters, Italian Spinone, Pointers, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizslas and Welsh Springer Spaniels.

I am now approved to award CC's in 12 Gundog breeds plus the Gundog Group.

I am thrilled and honoured to be invited to judge this delightful breed at your club show.


SWD Championship Show

Judge Richard Morris Critiques

SWD Club Special Awards

Judge Mrs C. Morgan Critiques 

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Photo Gallery

Press on the arrow buttons either side of the gallery to scroll through

To enlarge a photo just click on it

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Huge thanks to Titch and Kylee Noad for the photographs

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