What's been happening at Rushden Kennels ...
Ebony wins 2nd Overall in a huge Puppy Stakes Class!

Janet & I are absolutely delighted with our little black beauty Ebony, 'Rushden Black In A Flash' who continues her winning streak. At Bull Breeds Championship Show under whippet specialist Mr Steven O'Brien (Sheol), she came 2nd overall (out of 51 entries) in the Puppy Stakes at just turned 6 months old. Unfortuately she missed her whippet breed class as it clashed with the Stakes. However Scarlett 'Rushden Caught In The Act' was a very respactable 3rd in Open Bitch and her dam Lola 'Rushden Ooh La La Jun Ch. CJW'08, CW'09, CW'11' won the Veteran Bitch class again and another Reserve Green Star under judge Mrs I. Pattison.
We also had 1 parson russell entered at the show and boy did he do us proud! George 'Rushden Gorgeous George Jun Ch, CJW'13, CW'13' won the Open Dog Class, Green Star Dog (his 5th) and Best Of Breed under terrier specialist Mr. Ross Delmar (Shillelagh)

  

 

Ebony pictured after winning 2nd overall in the Puppy Stakes (out of 51) under whippet specialist Stevie O'Brien (Sheol)
George and Janet with their winning rosettes from Bull Breeds Championship Show.

We had a great day at Belfast Championship Show on 26th September. We had 1 whippet and 2 parsons entered and we are delighted that all 3 of them are now qualified for Crufts 2016.
Tracy showed the whippet, Jazz 'Rushden All That Jazz Jun Ch.' winning 3rd in a strong Post Graduate Bitch Class under Stuart Milner (UK). Janet showed the parsons with Dodge 'Rushden Dodging Bullet Jun Ch.' getting 3rd in Post Graduate D/B & George 'Rushden Gorgeous George Jun Ch, CJW'13, CW'13' winning Open Dog, Best Dog & Reserve Best Of Breed. We are delighted for Samantha Allen who owns and showed Dodge's litter brother Bran 'Rushden Winter Is Coming' at his 1st KC show who came 2nd in his class and qualified him for Crufts also. Parson judge was Rita McCarry Beattie (Ire).

More great results in the ring and on the race track for team Rushden at The Sporting Whippet Club N.I. Event on 13th Sept. In the Open Show Ebony  won the  Baby Puppy Class for the 2nd month in a row, Oscar was 3rd in Whippet Dog, Jazz came 3rd in Whippet Bitch  and her mum Lola won the Veteran Whippet class. Siblings Ash & Oscar came 1st in the pairs class &Frankie (Owned by Lisa Dumigan) got another 1st in the Working Whippet Class. In racing both our Oscar, & Frankie (Owned by Lisa Dumigan) won their Grade ‘A’ racing heats with Oscar then finishing Runner Up in the Grade ‘A’ racing final. & Frankie close behind him to take 3rd place. Ash came a close 2nd in her  hotly contested Grade ’B’ racing heat.

Then on to the Sporting Whippet Club N.I. Champion of Champions 2015 for which both Lola & Oscar had qualified for this during the year (having each won a Best In Show at one of the Sporting Whippet Club’s 6 events) We were delighted when our beautiful veteran Bitch Lola, who is 8 1/2 , showed her socks off and flew round the ring and was crowned the clubs Overall Champion of Champions for 2015 by breed specialist Felicity Thompson of the Barnesmore Whippet Kennels.

Lola in her Champion Of Champions presentation jacket made by Jaydee Coats.
Ebony debuts in style .....

On Saturday 5th September Ebony 'Rushden Black In A Flash'made her debut in the K.C. show ring at Bangor Championship Show. She showed her socks off and under hound specialist Keith Thornton (aged just 4 months) she won 1st Baby Puppy Bitch & Best Baby Puppy In Breed!!

 

Ebony on the move at Bangor Championship Show
Jazz wins Best Puppy in Match

We had a lovely evening at Antrim & District Canine Club Charity Dog Match on Wednesday 29th October. Young Jazz 'Rushden All That Jazz' delighted us by winning the Puppy Section of the match & then Reserve Best In Match under judge Chris Cathcart.
Jazz is 8 months old and from our UK, Ir. Australian Ch. Collooney Move on Over X Rushden Ooh La La Jun Ch, CJW'08, CW'09, CW'11 litter.
We see a bright future ahead for this young lady.

Jazz 'Rushden All That Jazz' aged 8 months, pictured with Judge Chris Cathcart after winning Best Puppy In Match & Reserve Best In Match.
Ash wins Champion Of Champions

The last Game Fair of the year took place at Montalto Estate, Ballynahinch at the end of September. On the saturday they held a Champion of Champions event for whippets, terriers, lurchers and pups who had qualified by winning at shows throughout the year. We had several dogs qualified to compete and were delighted when in the whippet section, Ash was selected by judge Rose McCoy as overall whippet 'Champion Of Champions'. This homebred girl continues to make us proud in all she that she has done and continues to achieve.

Ash and Tracy pictured after winning Overall Whippet Champion of Champion at Montalto Game Fair with Judge Rose McCoy and Graham Fyffe and Bolt (Reserve Champion)
Repeat mating of Dante & Flash.

We are pleased to report that the much awaited repeat mating between Dante 'Rushden New Approach' & Flash 'Flash Of Blue Lightning' has finally taken place. It looks as if all is going according to plan as Flash appears to be in whelp. (See photo below showing Flash at 5 weeks after mating) All being well puppies are due in February. Check out the puppy pages for more information and updates about this mating over the next few weeks.

''Marne'' starts her show career in style !!

Great news from England where the first pup from our Dante X Lola litter made their debut in the show ring aged 6 1/2 months. ''Marne'' Rushden What's Yours Is Mine was at Reading & District Kennel Association Open Show on Saturday 30th Nov, with owner/ handler Annekka Baldwin-Campbell. The pair did really well winning 1st in the Puppy Dog or Bitch Class, 1st in the Junior Dog or Bitch Class, Best Puppy In Breed and Hound Puppy Group 4, under Judge John Thirwell (Ferndel)
Annekka then showed Marne in the Any Variety Puppy Stakes Class (19 entries) under hound specialist Martin Sanders (Castelloch), and we are delighted to announce that they won that too!!  
 ** Congratulations Annekka & Marne !! **
We are so proud of them both and are sure this great team will have a very promising  future  xx

Here is Marne's very first critique from breed judge John Thirwell :
 
''Puppy (4,1) 1st Rushden What's Yours Is Mine, baby but of good type and outline, feminine head, balanced body with plenty of depth for
age. Moved soundly. BEST PUPPY and PUPPY GROUP 4.''


Annekka with 'Marne' in the line up for Best Of Breed
Stacked in the Hound Puppy Group.
A great day at The Hound Club Of N.I. show

We had the most fantastic day at The Hound Club Of Northern Ireland Open show on 16th November 2013.
As usual whippets had by far the largest entry and we showed five of our own under Hound Specialist Mr R.F. Spencer of the ''Talgavar'' Kennels in the U.K.
''Dextor'' Rushden So You Think, won the Limit Dog Class. His partner in crime ''Ash'' Rushden Black Caviar, Jun Ch, CJW'13 won the Limit Bitch Class, and her father ''Dante'' Rushden New Approach took 3rd place in Open Dog. We had two bitches entered in the Open Bitch Class, ''Breez
e'' Mossbawnhill Causin A Stir At Rushden and ''Lola'' Rushden Ooh La La Jun Ch, CJW'08, CW'09, CW'11. It's not easy when trying to show two kennel mates in the same class as they tend to look for each other and for us. Janet handled Breez e to a very respectable 4th place (Reserve) and Lola, handled by Tracy won the Class.
Three Rushden whippets, Lola, Ash & Dextor were all then in the final line up to compete for Best Of Breed. The star of the day was most definately ''Lola'' who went on to win Best Of Breed and then topped it all off by going
Reserve Best In Show !!
We are so proud of Lola who appears to be back in top form after having a lot of time out of the show ring this year concentrating on maternity duties x

(Below are a few photo's from the show)

Lola winning Reserve Best In Show!! (Photo by H. Tonks)
Lola ''Rushden Ooh La La Jun Ch, CJW'08, CW'09, CW'13'' on the way to winning the strong Open Bitch Class. (Photo by H. Tonks)
Ash ''Rushden Black Caviar Jun Ch, CJW'13'' winner of the LImit Bitch Class. (Photo by H. Tonks)
Dextor ''Rushden So You Think'' aged 13 months. Winner of the Limit Dog Class. (Photo by H. Tonks)
Crufts 7th March 2013
This year Rushden decided to enter three dogs for Crufts, although we had several more qualified.
We took two of our black whippets, Dante 'Rushden New Approach' and his daughter Ash 'Rushden Black Caviar Jun Ch.'
  Due to the very large entry in whippets there are always 2 judges, this year Per Iverson from Norway judged the dogs and Cath Whimpany (UK) the bitches. Both Ash and Dante showed really well but unfortunately this year neither was placed.
We also took 'Rushden Gorgeous George' one of our parson russell terriers. His breed was judged by Mrs Sheila Atter a parson russell specialist, and in a strong  Junior Dog Class he was awarded VHC (Very Highly Commended - 5th place). Well done George!!

'Rushden Gorgeous George' on the green carpet at Crufts 2013. He was placed VHC in Junior Dog. (Photo by George Blair)
Headstudy of Ash 'Rushden Black Caviar Jun Ch' on the green carpet at Crufts.
Dante 'Rushden New Approach' (1RCC) casually waiting for his turn in the ring at Crufts.
A great start to 2013 - Ash wins BOB & Hound Goup 2 !
Our first show of 2013 was the Joint Cocker Club's Of  Ireland All Breed O pen Show on 27th January.
Judging terriers breeds and the group was a Mr R Dalton. In parson russells he found both his junior class winners in our George & Keira,Rushden Gorgeous George taking 1st JD, & Rushden Show Stopper 1st JB. Keira  then went onto be Best Bitch & Reserve Best of Breed.
The hound breeds and group were judged by Lynda Dunn (Ulmara Saluki's). We only had siblings Rushden Don't Push It 'Ruby' & Rushden Black Caviar 'Ash' with us today,  entered in the Open Classes. Both Ruby and Ash won their classes and were then awarded Best Dog & Best Bitch. In the challenge for Best Of Breed it was Ash that came out on top, beating her brother with her superb free flowing movement.
To really top the day off Ash was then placed runner up in the Hound Group, a great start to the year I'm sure you'll agree !!

Ash winning Hound Group 2. Photo by Paul Scanlon (Our Dog's Ireland)
Black Caviar gains her 'Junior Champion' title

On Thursday 27th December we travelled down to Cloghran for the Dublin Dog Show Society's All Breed Championship Show. We had 3 whippets and 1 parson russell terrier entered at this, the last show of the year, and we had two Irish Judges judging our breeds. 
The judge for parsons was
Mr Seamus Oates and Rushden Gorgeous George, won the Junior Dog Class and Reserve Green Star Dog. George now has 3 Junior (Excellent) wins towards his Junior Champion Title, and only needs 2 more such wins to gain this title, he is doing really well considering he doesn't turn a year old until 14th January!
Our whippet judge was Mr Ian Finney (Gulliagh), who was awarding Green Stars in the breed for the first time. He found his Junior Dog winner in our Ruby, 'Rushden Don't Push It' who has started to mature and showed really well today. His Junior Bitch winner was Ruby's sister, Ash'Rushden Black Caviar' who gained her Irish Junior Champion Title with her class win today...... Well done Ash, we knew you could do it !! Lola 'Rushden Ooh La La Jun Ch, CJW'08, CW'09, CW'11' was making a come back to the show ring today after almost 6 months off, and showed well, managing a very respectable 3rd place in Open Bitch.


We are delighted that our homebred black beauty Ash, will now be known as ......
'Rushden Black Caviar, Jun Ch'

Ash's Junior Champion rosette.
George wins 'Best In Show' !!

 Halls Mill Inn, situated on the main Banbridge to Portadown road, was the venue for Dessie Mackins Christmas Show on Saturday 22nd December 2012. There were all the usual show classes for whippets, terriers and lurchers and all our dogs did us proud......
Teri McVitty judged the whippet and lurcher classes with our Ash taking 2nd place in the whippet bitch class, and Finlay 1st place in the dog class. Finlay then went on to win Champion Whippet!
Graham Meek was the terrier judge and he placed Keira second in the terrier pup class and George first in the russell class. George then went on to win Champion Terrier!
Both Finlay and George then had to compete against the Champion Lurcher for overall Best In Show, which was decided by the two judges. After some deliberation George was selected as the Overall Champion In Show!!

We c ame home with lots of bottles of wine won as prizes and two lovely presentation boxes each containing two bottles of champagne and two beautiful glasses.

The 3 finalist for Best In Show.
George wins Best Puppy In Breed at LKA

Janet was over in Birmingham on Sunday 16th December to attend Ladies Kennel Association, the last UK Championship Show of the year. She showed our young parson russell dog 'Rushden Gorgeous George' under terrier specialist Mr Paul Wilkinson. This was George's first time showing in England and as always he showed his socks off, winning the Junior Dog class, Best Puppy Dog and then topping it all with Best Puppy In Breed !!

Here is the Judges critique ....
 
'Tan headed dog of nice proportions, good ear and eye, excellent mouth, good neck and topline, correct tailset, Best Puppy In Breed'.

George is now qualified for
 Crufts 2013 !!


George in the ring at L.K.A. (photo by George Blair)
A sad goodbye to old friends .....

The first two weeks in November were a very difficult time here at Rushden as we had to say the final sad goodbye to three of our beloved animals.
Amy 'Indira Al Kalipha', our first ever saluki, had success in the showring as a youngster winning numerous Green Stars (CAC's) and Best of Breeds before we decided to retire her as she didn't seem to be enjoying showing any more. She developed a cancerous tumour and on 1st November we decided the time had come to let her go.  We will miss Amy, and so will Alfred our bedlington whippet lurcher whom she shared her life with for fourteen years... RIP sweet lady (19/6/98 - 1/11/12) xx
A few days later, on 5th November our eldest whippet Marcus, 'Khabaray Paco Rabbane at Dumbriton' became very unsteady on his legs.
 We decided the kindest thing we could do was to let this old gentleman cross the rainbow bridge... Marcus is the father, grandfather & great grandfather of many rushden (& other) whippets and has left a great legacy through his progeny. RIP Marcus, a true gentleman among whippets (22/11/98 - 5/11/12) xx

Our third goodbye was to our beautiful tabby tom cat 'Oscar'. Oscar was found wandering along the roadside as a kitten and adopted by us. He had to have his tail amputated as a youngster when it became damaged but he grew into the most handsome cat, so friendly,  always purring & looking a fuss.  Oscar began to dramatically lose weight and on taking him to the vets he was diagnosed with a large lump on one of his kidneys. We said a sad goodbye to him on 9th November...... RIP special man xx 

'Gone but never forgotten'

Whippet Puppies have arrived!!!!

We are delghted to announce that Damson 'Mossbawnhill Smooth As Silk For Rushden Euro JW '09, Celtic JW'09' gave birth to 6 beautiful puppies sired by Renoir 'Rushden Impressionist' on 19th October 2012. Both mum and babies are doing well.
We have four boys and two girls all various shades of brindle with white.

This litter combines some of the top Continental, UK & American lines.

(Go to 'Puppies' & 'Current Litter' pages for more information & photographs)

Damson pictured with her pups at 2 days old.
Cilla 'Black Sykes' aka Rushden Black In Style At Veredon

Russell Sykes of the Veredon Whippet Kennels, Yorkshire has recently had some beautiful black and white photographs taken of Cilla 'Rushden Black In Style At Veredon'. Cilla is litter sister to 'Rushden Black Caviar', our Ash.
The photo's shown below were taken by the very talented Barbara & Jeff Poole (B.J. Photography). We think they are absolutely stunning!!


Here she is ....... 'Cilla'

and finally, here is another stunning photo of Cilla with Russell, her owner, ........ captured beautifully by B.J. Photography once again x

Belfast Championship Show ......

Belfast Dog Show Society held their annual All Breed Championship Show on the last weekend in September at The King's Hall Complex, Balmoral. Both Hounds and Terriers were shown on the first day ~ Saturday 29th.
We had Ash 'Rushden Black Caviar' entered in the Junior Bitch class in w
hippets under UK judge Colin Ashmore. She showed really well and took second place with Mr Ashmore writing this lovely critique about her :
'
Nice type of bitch of good quality, pleasing shape & outline, good top line & underline with correct rise over loin, feminine head & long neck, deep chest with well sprung ribs, strong hindquarters with good width, well turned stifles, moved true with good rear drive. '
The Parson Russell Terrier Judge was Mr R Cross, again from the UK and George, 'Rushden Gorgeous George' did us proud winning  1st Junior Dog, Best Dog, Reserve Best Of Breed &  Best Puppy In Breed.  He later went on to win Terrier Puppy Group 4, under terrier specialist Mr Harry O'Dononoghue (Ire)
Janet also showed George in the Purina Pro Plan / Dog World Puppy Dog Stakes where he took a very respectable 4th Place (Reserve) under UK Judge Mr Martin Sanders.

George in the Terrier Puppy Group @ Belfast Ch. Show. He ended up Puppy Group 4.
Ash is crowned 'Whippet Puppy Racing Champion 2012'

The Sporting Whippet Club N.I. held their final event of the year on Sunday 16th September at Dunsilly Kennels, Antrim, and  with the exception of a few showers, the weather was reasonably good. The hardworking committee  were there bright and early, setting up for the annual end of year barbeque, this year with the extra addition of game stew on the menu. With the unexpected arrival of a very talented folk group the day was soon in full swing !! 
Show classes were judged by
Patsy McCoy, and Rushden Whippets once again featured in the results. Ash 'Rushden Black Caviar' won the puppy class, Finlay 'Fallswater Free Spirit of Rushden' was third in the whippet dog class and Renoir 'Rushden Impressionist' - making his debut in the veteran class, came a very respectable third. Patsy then went on award Ash - Reserve Best In Show!!
Ash also put on a great performance on the race track to finish Runner Up in Whippet Puppy Racing.
The days success wasn't to end there, as Ash was then crowned The Sporting Whippet Clubs
'Whippet Puppy Racing Champion 2012'
having obtained the highest number of points overall at the six Sporting Whippet Events of 2012, she was given a beautiful presentation jacket to commemorate the occassion!!
(Finlay also finished runner up in the adult competition), 
Ash has continued to amaze us all year with her success in both the show ring and on the race field, we are very proud of our homebred black beauty!

Ash won the Puppy Class then went on to be 'Reserve Best In Show'
Ash in her presentation jacket after bieng crowned The Sporting Whippet Club N.I. 'Puppy Racing Champion 2012'
The Weather Couldn't Dampen Our Spirits At Donemana

The weather was not good for the North West Lurcher, Terrier & Whippet Club held at Barrontop Farm, Donemana on Sunday 9th September. Bitterly cold with heavy rain showers on and off throughout the day.....it certainly wasn't whippet weather !
Despite the weather there was a great turnout. The day started with the '32 Counties Champion Of Champions Whippet Racing' all dogs taking part in this had to have qualified by winning the racing at one of the previous shows held throughout the year.  We had both Vixen and Finlay qualified, but unfortunately they were both drawn in the same heat. With only the winning dog making it through we knew at least one of them would be knocked out but both of them put in a great performance Vixen winning the heat and Finlay finishing a close second behind her. The final had some of the top racing whippets from throughout the year competing in it so we were delighted when Vixen(who is now 6 years old) finished in a very respectable thirdplace.

The Showing followed the racing and the judge for whippets was Seamus Kearney of the 'Bankend' kennel. Seamus used to show and still keeps whippets himself. He selected our
Ash as the winner of the  whippet pup class and Finlay took first place in the 
whippet dog class. Finlay then went onto take Reserve Best Whippet In Show!!
At the end of the day the winners of all the puppy classes competed for Best Puppy In Show, Ash again showed really well and finished the day being awarded
3rd Best Puppy In Show.
It was certainly a successful day for us, despite the dreadful weather !!

Gorgeous George wins Best In Match

'Rushden Gorgeous George' the newest member of our Parson Russell Terrier team made his debut at a dog match run by The Northern Ireland Whippet Club at the end of August. Being only 7 months old he was entered into the puppy section of the match and won his way through several rounds to make it to the puppy final. Handled by Janet he showed really well beating a lovely young whippet to become the Puppy Match Winner!
At the end of the evening George then had to compete against the winner of the adult section (incidentally another whippet) to see who would ultimately be
'Best In Match' ........ and he won !!
Many thanks to judge Benita Morrison (Benzdenz) for appreciating George ~ we hope he continues to do us proud x

Rushden Gorgeous George pictured with one of the rosettes he won at the match
*Rushden Whippets take Best In Show & Reserve Best In Show *

It was nice to see a new face judging whippets @ the Sporting Whippet Club N.I. event in August. Michelle Rafferty was judging whippets for the first time and we were delighted that she appreciated our breeding. The day started well for us with Ash, winning the puppy class and her litter brother Ruby taking second place. Merlin, owned by Graham Meek but bred by us, won the whippet dog class and our Finlay was second. Tia who incidentally is Ash & Ruby's grandmother and Merlin's mum, came 2nd in the veteran whippet class and another of her grandchildren ~ Ringo (a son of Merlin) won the Member's Class !
It really was a great day for our breeding when Merlin 'Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss' & our puppy Ash 'Rushden Black Caviar' were chosen by Michelle to be Best In Show & Reserve Best In Show respectively !!
                     

Ash then continued her winning ways on the race track by going on to win the Puppy Racing yet again.......as yet this year she has been unbeaten in whippet puppy races
                      

Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss- BIS, Rushden Black Caviar- RBIS
Best Puppy In Show for Ruby !!

Feaghbridge Dog Track in Coalisland was the venue for the Dublin Working Terrier, Lurcher & Whippet Show on the last Sunday in July. The racing here is different to what our whippets are normally use to as it is round a sand track with bends as opposed to on a straight grass track.
The whippets raced in heats of  four dogs and we decided to enter two of ours 
~ Vixen & Finlay. 
Both dogs put in great performances and managed to win their heats and qualify for the final. Unfortunately Vixen sustained an injury and pulled up lame in the final but Finlay, up against stiff competition did himself proud and finished third overall

We had success in the Show classes too : Milo showed the youngsters how it should be done and won the border terrier class at the grand old age of 8! After their success on the track
Finlay also took  3rd in the Whippet Dog Class & Vixen  was2nd in the Veteran Whippet Class.
There was a large turnout of whippet pups and we were delighted when the judge pulled our handsome red fawn boy, Ruby, out first to win the class. Ruby was later chosen by all the judges to be awarded the title .....
'Champion Pup In Show'

(see photo's below)

Ruby pictured with Janet and two of the judges after winning Champion Pup In Show.
Finlay (in red collar) went on to win this heat of the whippet racing and then finished 3rd overall in the final. (Photo by D. McCoy)
Success in the ring and on the track at Sporting Whippet.

Mr Brian Doak (Rosslyn) was the judge at The Sporting Whippet Club N.I. Event on Sunday 22nd July.
Rushden Whippets had success in both the show ring and on the race track.
Tia 'Rushden Hot Gossip' took first place in the veteran whippet class and her son Merlin'Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss' (owned by Graham Meek) was second in the whippet dog class, beaten by our Finlay, 'Fallswater Free Spirit Of Rushden' who won the class.
We were delighted when after taking a second look at all his class winners Mr Doak then awarded
Finlay 'Reserve Best In Show' !!
..........Finlay then pulled out all the stops on the race track and won the Grade 'B' racing and not to be outdone, young Ash 'Rushden Black Caviar' topped it all off by winning the Puppy Racing for the third month in a row !! 

 Well Done team Rushden !

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Davy Best with Penny (BIS), Judge Mr Brian Doak, Janet with Finlay (RBIS)
Ash goes Reserve Best Puppy In Show...

Saturday 21st July saw us at Man '0' War Charity Show where we had another very successful day with some of the whippets. Graham Meek (Brackaghmoss Border Terriers & Whippets) was our judge and he placed Ash, handled by Tracy, first in the numerically strong Whippet Pup class.  Janet got a second with Renoir in the Dog class and a third with Vixen In the Working Whippet Class.  Our two black girls, Ash & Vixen then went into the 'Whippet Pairs' class and won it ~ expertly handled by Janet !

By winning Champion Whippet Pup Ash had to compete for the Best Puppy In Show Title, which was judged by all of the day's judges...... she did us proud, being awarded
'Reserve Puppy Champion In Show'

(A photo of her in the Puppy Championship can be seen below)

Ash winning Reserve Best Puppy In Show @ Man 'O' War Show.
Another Great Day for the Terriers !!

The terriers did us proud again at Ballymena & District Dog Fanciers Association Open Show on Friday 13th July.
Under Judge Nikki White of the Abbaran Glen of Imaal Terrier Kennel, in Parsons - Kiera 'Rushden Show Stopper' won
1st Graduate Dog/Bitch, Best Of Breed, 4th in Terrier Group, Best Puppy in Breed and then topped it all off by winning the Terrier Puppy Group !! 
Not to be outdone, ' Ir Ch. Closkelt Milo's Hearsay' our Border terrier won 1st Open Dog/Bitch, Best of Breed, 3rd in theTerrier Group & finished the day off  by winning the Veteran Stakes !!

Tracy pictured with Keira after winning the Terrier Puppy Group.
What a debut for Rushden Show Stopper !!

On a wet Sunday 8th July, we attended The N.I. Gundog, Field & Show Society Open Show at Shanes Castle. The Judge for hounds & terriers was terrier specialist Miss Sinead Taggart (Cooley) from the Republic Of Ireland.
Rushden Black Caviar 'Ash', showed her socks off...... despite the pouring rain..... and won the Graduate Dog/Bitch Class and her grandmother 'Tia' Rushden Hot Gossip, 
 came second in 
AV Hound Veteran.
The terriers did us proud too, with 'Milo' Ir Ch. Closkelt Milo's Hearsay, our border terrier, taking 1st in the AV Terrier Veteran
 Class. Young 'Keira' Rushden Show Stopper (PRT)  was making her debut in the show ring and what a debut it was ....... she managed to win
Open D/B,  Best Puppy, Best of Breed, Puppy Group 1,  and 3rd BPIS !! A great start to her show career we think you will agree ....

Kiera & Janet with judge Miss Sinead Taggert.
Black Caviar races to success at Sporting Whippet Event !!

Ash raced her way to success at The Sporting Whippet Event on Sunday 17th June by winning the Puppy Racing for the second time in a row. Proving that she is really following in the footsteps of her equine name sake  'Black Caviar'!! ......and Finlay continued his racing ways by bringing home the runner up trophy in the Grade 'B' racing.
Our whippets had success in the show ring too, under Judge Paul Reynolds (Slaneyfinn Whippets) Ash won 3rd in Puppy, Finlay 3rd in the Dog Class and Tia topped it all off in the golden oldies class by winning 'Veteran Whippet'. We take great pride in knowing that Rushden Whippets can more than hold there own in both the show ring and on the race track !!
We would like to thank our good friend and talented photographer, Deirdre McCoy, for taking these action shots of Ash in hot pursuit of the lure .............Thanks D !!

Ash 'Rushden Black Caviar' racing to success in the Whippet Puppy Race. (photo by D. McCoy)
Ash on her way to winning the Whippet Puppy Racing. (Photo by D. McCoy)
Well Worth the trip to Three Counties !!

We made the long trip over to The Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire on 10th June to show three of our whippets under Hound Specialist Mrs Marion Finney (Gulliagh). This was Marion's first time awarding CC's in whippets and she had pulled a very good entry of 167 dogs. 
Janet showed Dante, 'Rushden New Approach' in a the very strong Open Dog Class and we were delighted when he was shortlisted to the last 7 out of the 16 entries. Lola 'Rushden Ooh La La, Jun Ch, CJW'08, CW'09' CW'11' was handled in Open Bitch by Tracy. She was back on top form and showed really well, making the final cut and  ending up in a very respectable 4th place (Reserve) amongst some lovley bitches. 
 Ash 'Rushden Black Caviar' was making her debut in England and she showed her socks off and won the Puppy Bitch Class amongst some bitches months older than herself!!
She then had to go up against the winner of the Minor Puppy Bitch Class so Best Puppy Bitch could be awarded ............ and she won, Ash was Best Puppy Bitch In Breed !!
Many thanks to the Judge for appreciating our dogs and making this a truly memorable weekend !!

Left to Right, Bitch CC winner Howgate & Hulls 'Ch. Palmik Magical Whispers', Res CC winner Dickenson's 'Mossbawnhill Timeless Epic From Ribblesmere' & Best Puppy Bitch Duke & Gill's 'Rushden Black Caviar'. (Photo by Finney)
Rushden Black In Style At Veredon - 'Cilla'

We have been receiving news and photo's of Rushden Black In Style At Veredon, otherwise known as Cilla 'Black' Sykes, lol!!  from Russell Sykes of the Veredon Whippet Kennel in Yorkshire. Cilla who is from our Dante X Flash litter, and therefore sister to our own Ash & Ruby, has settled right in with her new whippet family and has started to attend shows. She made her debut at The National Whippet Association Ch. Show on 6th May, and under Breed Specialist Editha Newton of the world famous Nevedith Kennels, Cilla made the final cut out of 18 in Minor Puppy Bitch.  The first picture below shows Cilla on the move at National Whippet, photo By Colin Wilson.

Cilla on the move at National Whippet Association Ch. Show, aged 7 months (Photo by Colin Wilson)
Headstudy of young Cilla.
Cilla 'Rushden Black In Style At Veredon' aged 6 months (Photo by Sykes)
Success on the track & in the ring at Sporting Whippet.

The Sporting Whippet Club N.I. held their 2nd show/race event of the season on Sunday 27th May 2012.The weather was good to us and judge Micky Quinn had a tough job deciding between so many lovely whippets shown under him. Our whippets had a successful day again, Ash winning Best Puppy, Finlay taking 3rd place in the Whippet Dog Class and Flash winning 1st in the Whippet  Bitch Class and then going on to be awarded Best In Show!! Thanks to Micky for appreciating our dogs.
Success also came on the race track with Finlay taking the runner up trophy in the 'Grade A' racing (the top racing class) & Ash showing what she is truly made of by winning the Puppy Racing!!

'Flash' with her BIS trophy, Judge Mick Quinn, RBIS Paul Reynolds 'Chieftan'
Finlay was Runner Up in the Highly Competetive 'Grade A' Racing
Ash aged 8 months pictured with her first racing trophy.
Mother & Daughter do the Double @ Moira

Ash & Flash made it a day to remember at The National Country Lifestyle Gamefair @ Moira Demense on Saturday 26th May. Under replacement whippet judge Mr Darren Connolly, Ash won the hotly contended Puppy Class and then her dam, Flash went on to win a very large Whippet Bitch Class. Both Mum and daughter have been doing us proud in the show rings this year!!

Flash (centre) in the line-up for Best Whippet @ Moira. Photo by D. McCoy.
Hibernian Championship Show 2012

On Saturday 19th May Hibernian Ch. Show took place at The IKC National Show Centre, Cloughran. For whippets we had the highly respected breed specialist judge, Mr Christophe Copple from France, who had earlier in the year judged Whippet Bitches at the World Winners Show in Paris. He found both his puppy class winners in our own Ruby 'Rushden Don't Push It' (PD) & Ash 'Rushden Black Caviar' (PB). Lola 'Rushden Ooh La La, Jun Ch, CJW'08, CW'09, CW'11' came 2nd in the OB class & then went on to take the Reserve Green Star (Res CAC).
Parsons were judged by Mr M Baskaran from Spain and young Keira 'Rushden Show Stopper' at only her 2nd show once again finished up Best Baby Puppy In Breed!

'Show Stopper' Debuts in Style At Newtownards !

On a very wet and windy Sunday in May (13th), we headed to the Rugby Club in Newtownards for their Clubs Championship Show. Whippet weather it certainly was not!!........The whippet judge was Mr Graham Ellis from Australia and he gave both our puppies, Ruby 'Rushden Don't Push It' & his sister Ash 'Rushden Black Caviar' firsts (graded Very Promising) in the PD & PB classes respectively. Despite the ever increaing winds, Lola 'Rushden Ooh La La' managed a very respectable 2nd place (Exc) in a strong OB class.
The newest member of our show team, Parson Russell Terrier baby Keira 'Rushden Show Stopper' made her debut at this show. She took the awful weather all in her stride and under judge Mrs M Jansen Kalshoven from the Netherlands, ended up winning her Baby Puppy Bitch Class (Very Promising) & Best of Breed Baby!
Her half sister Mackenzie, 'Rushden Mirror Image' ended up 2nd in the Open Bitch Class.

'The Mini-Circuit'

The first weekend in May saw our 'mini-circuit', where we ventured to two shows in County Tipperary. On Saturday 5th we were at Fermoy International Show, showing whippets under Mrs Pam Douglas from New Zealand. Both Dante 'Rushden New Approach' & Lola 'Rushden Ooh La La, Jun Ch, CJW'08, CW'09, CW'11' were 2nd in their Open Classes.We were delighted that young Ash, 'Rushden Black Caviar' continued her winning ways taking 1st in the Puppy Bitch Class, Best Puppy In Breed and then finishing up Winner of Puppy Group 10, under Judge Dr Marlene Collins.

Sunday 6th saw us at South. Tipperary Championship Show under breed judge Mr Karsten Kaemling from Canada. This time Dante took 3rd place in Open Dog & Ash finished off our weekend by again winnng the Puppy Bitch Class and BPIB!!

County Armagh Charity Show, 14th April.

We had a brilliant day out at The County Armagh Charity Show on 14th April. Alfred our old lurcher made a return to the show ring under Judge Pearse O'Hagan. At 14 1/2 years old he showed the youngsters how it should be done when he went on to win the Veteran Lurcher class.......no one could believe his age as he is still looking extremely fit and well for a dog in his twilight years - well done old fella !!
We had success in the whippet ring too - Judge Glen Doherty placed Ash 3rd in the Puppy Class, Finlay 2nd in the Dog Class, Tia 2nd in the Veteran Class and finally, Flash came 1st in the Bitch Class.......and then went on to be win Reserve  Champion Whippet !!
We went home with a lovely array of trophies and rosettes, and most importantly of all the show raised £715.00  for the Cancer Fund For Children.

Flash (RHS) won the bitch class & Reserve Champion Whippet. (Photo by Derek Laverty)
Another great day for Rushden Whippets !!

Rushden Whippets had a brilliant day at The Northern Ireland Whippet Club Championship Show on Saturday 31st March 2012. Under U.K. Judge Liz Third of the 'Bruntsfield Whippets' out two youngsters Ash'Rushden Black Caviar' & Ruby 'Rushden Don't Push It', made their show debuts. Aged just 6 months they managed to win the Minor Puppy Bitch and Minor Puppy Dog classes respectively which qualifies them both for Crufts 2013 !! We were delighted with all of our other placings in some very strong classes too - Dante 'Very Highly Commended' in Open Dog, Damson 2nd in Post Graduate Bitch, Lola 'Very Highly Commended' in Open Bitch and young Ash also taking a 2nd place in the Member's Class.
To top it all off we were really pleased and extremly proud to see Graham Meek win Open Dog and then the Reserve Dog CC with Merlin, 'Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss'
Thanks to breed specialist Liz Third for thinking so highly of our Rushden dogs !!


(see 'Results' page for all our placings)

Steph Marston Pollock with DCC winner Collooney Rock My World, Judge Liz Third & Graham Meek with Res. CC winner Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss (Merlin).
Genie Update .........

We have been receiving lots of news and updates from the new owners of Flash and Dante's pups -  it's always lovely to hear how they are settling into their new homes & families and find out how they are getting on.
Earlier this week we were emailed this photo of 'Rushden Blue Velvet ', by her new owners Sue and James.  We are told that everyone who meets 'Genie' loves her! She has been a very good little puppy and has already gained a rosette and certificate from  'Puppy School' ........Well done Genie, keep up the good work!!!
This photo was taken when Sue and James were ot walkng with Genie, apparently she often looks over this bit of wall when they are all out for a stroll.

Genie (Rushden Blue Velvet) surveying her surroundings while out walking.
Rushden Black In Style At Veredon ~ 'Cilla'

Rushden Black In Style (Rushden New Approach X Flash Of Blue Lightning) has gone to live with Russell Sykes, of the Veredon Whippets in Sheffield. Christened 'Cilla' she has settled in well with her new family, both human and canine, and we are getting regular updates on how she is doing. We wish Russell all the best with her and look forward to meeting up with them both in the show ring in the not too distant future x

Rushden Black In Style At Veredon 'Cilla' stacked having just turned 4 months old. (Photo by Sykes)

Spot the odd one out? ........lol !!

Cilla relaxing with some of her new fawn family - Left to right: Ritchie, Cilla, Betty, Milly & May.(Photo by Sykes)
A Great start to 2012 !!!

We had a lovely afternoon yesterday (29th Jan.) at The Shih Tzu Club Of Ireland All Breed Limit Show. Breeze 'Mossbawnhill Causin A Stir At Rushden' showed she was back on top form when she went on to win Best Puppy In Show under terrier specialist Mrs Susan Kealy. We couldn't have asked for a better start to the New Year !! 
Various other Rushden hounds and terriers also came home with rosettes (see results page for more info). We were delighted with the performance of our latest home bred whippet youngsters - Ash 'Rushden Black Caviar' and Ruby 'Rushden Don't Push It'. Having only just turned 4 months old they showed really well in the A.V. Baby Puppy Class, taking everything in their stride ........... hopefully both have very bright futures ahead of them !


(Below is a photo of Breeze taken just after she had won BPIS)

Breeze at 11 1/2 months old.
Flash 'Champion Whippet' at The Irish Game & Country Fair 2011

We have received this lovely photo of Flash (Flash of Blue Lightning) which was taken when she won 'Overall Whippet Champion' at The Irish Game & Country Fair at Birr Castle earlier this year. The Photo was taken by Deirdre McCoy and features in the Autumn edition of Irish Country Sports & Country Life magazine.......we think it captures Flash and the delight on Tracy's face very well!

Flash has since been on maternity duties !!

Flash pictured with Tracy and Andrea Cowan from sposors Redmills after winning Overall Champion Whippet.
Puppy Update.....

Our Dante x Flash litter are growing rapidly ! New photo's of them have been added on our 'Current Litter' page, showing them stacked at 6 1/2 weeks old.
..........There may still be a couple of these pups available to permanent, loving  pet or show homes.  Please get in touch through the 'Contact Us' page on the website if you wish to find out any more information about them.

One of the pups relaxing, aged 6 weeks.
Lola's Critique from Birmingham National ..........

We have been eagerly waiting to read Lola's critique from Birmingham National, where she won the Bitch CC under breed specialist Bitte Ahrens Primavera. Here it is, we are absolutely delighted with it !!

OPEN BITCH (19 – 2 abs)

1st – JUN CH RUSHDEN OOH LA LA owned by MS J & MISS T DUKE & GILL.

Darker fawn brindle/white bitch of wonderful type and size. The most perfect balance between elegance and strength both standing and moving. Nothing exaggerated . Beautiful smooth curves from the head , neck, top line down to the rear angles. Perfect angulations in front and rear. Nice bone structure and correct feet. So full of superb qualities & very feminine. All this topped by her sound , low reaching and effective side gait,
made her win the CC this day! Just a beauty in motion! Thanks for showing her.


Lola pictured at Birmingham National after winning her first CC. (Photo by Jean Dickenson)
Whippet Puppies Born 27th September 2011

Our beautiful blue whippet bitch Flash (Flash of Blue Lightning) gave birth to a litter of 8 puppies on Tuesday, 27th September. The litter is sired by our home bred black with white trim boy Dante (Rushden New Approach) More details and photos of this litter can be found in the puppy section of this website.

Flash and Dante Pups @ 1 day old
Whippets do us proud at the NIWC Ch. Show !!

The N.I.W.C. held its annual Championship Show on Sunday 25th September. The judge was breed specialist Nicky Warner of the 'Savuka' affix in the UK. Several of our dogs were in the cards. Breeze 'Mossbawnhill Causin A Stir At Rushden' took 3rd place in the Minor Puppy Bitch class, qualifying her for Crufts 2012.
Nico 'Rushden Just A Gigolo' managed to get a very respectable 3rd place in the Limit Dog class.
..... And we are delighted to report that Dante 'Rushden New Approach', handled by Janet, won a strong Open Dog class!
Lola and Tracy also managed to take 1st place in the Members Class.
.......A GREAT DAY ALL ROUND FOR RUSHDEN KENNELS !!!!

Belfast Ch. Show 2011

We had a great day at Belfast Ch. Show at The King's Hall, on Saturday 24th August.
Hound Specialist Gavin Robertson of the Soletrader Affix  from the UK, judged whippets. We only had Lola  'Rushden Ooh La La' entered under him, and she managed a very respectable VHC (5th) in a strong Open Bitch Class.
Janet showed Mackenzie 'Rushden Mirror Image' in Parson Russell Terriers  and under terrier Judge Kirsten Fox she was delighted to win the Open Bitch Class and then be awarded Best of Breed ~ qualifying Mackenzie for the Terrier Group !

An International Success ......

On Saturday 27th August we had an early start to travel down to Dublin to attend the IKC International All Breed Show. It was all made worthwhile when Breeze, 'Mossbawnhill Causin A Stir At Rushden' won the Puppy Bitch Class (3) and then beat the puppy dog winner to be awarded Best Puppy In Breed under respected judge Mr Graham Hill from the UK. She then went on to win the Sighthound Puppy Group, judged by Ireland's Una Rigney and ended up 3rd Best Puppy In Show under Brian O'Hara, also from Ireland.

Breeze has been doing extremely well in the ring....... At Championship & International Championship Shows she has already won Best Baby Puppy In Breed, Reserve Best Baby Puppy In Show, Best Puppy In Breed, Best Puppy In the Sighthound Group (Group 10) & 3rd Best Puppy In Show ........ not bad for a young lady who has only just turned 7 months old!!

The photo's below were taken by Howard Tonks, thanks Howard!

Tracy with Breeze on the table for Best Puppy In Show, judged by Mr Brian O'Hara (Ire)
Breeze makes the final cut for Best Puppy In Show and eventually ended up 3rd Best Puppy In Show behind the Chow & Smooth Fox Terrier.
Success in the ring and on the track.....

The penultimate event of the season, run by The Sporting Whippet Club N.I. took place on Sunday 21st August. Despite a few heavy showers during the show classes, the enthusiasm of the exhibitors failed to be dampened.
In the ring, judge Michael Western, had many lovely whippets to cast his eye over and had some difficult decisions to make.
Our whippets did us proud again ~ Breeze and Dante both taking 3rd place in the Puppy and Dog classes respectively and Flash went one better in the Bitch Class, being awarded second place. The highlight of our day was seeing Vixen back on top form and racing her way to top spot on the race track, winning the Grade 'A' racing.

Below are a few photo's from the day .........

Breeze was awarded 3rd best Puppy.
Dante was 3rd in the Whippet Dog class, his litter brother, Merlin took 2nd place.
Flash came 2nd in the Whippet Bitch class.
Vixen won the Grade A racing.
Finlay 'races his way to the top' !!

The sun shone favourably on us at Camlough Charity, Greyhound, Terrier, Lurcher & Whippet Show on Saturday 20th Aug. and there was a great turn out of dogs and exhibitors to support this new event.

In the whippet show classes, Finlay (Fallswater Free Spirit) continued his winning streak by taking 1st place  in the Puppy Dog Class & Reserve Best Puppy!
Flash (Flash Of Blue Lightning) won 2nd in the whippet bitch class & then helped Tracy take 1st place in the 'Ladies Handling' class.

The racing at this event had been very well organised and the track covered about 200 yards up a wicked incline........ Vixen as always, put on a great performance, but on this occassion was beaten by a length to come 2nd in her heat.  The organisers had also arranged a'whippet puppy race' - 10 month old Finlay, who has been showing a keen interest in racing, took off up the hill after the lure at great speed, winning the race by several lengths.

Finlay is really proving himself to be a real 'all rounder' !!

Finlay receiving his trophy for winning the Whippet Puppy Racing.
A successful day at Donemana.....

We had a very successful day with our whippets at The North West Lurcher & Terrier Club  show held in Donemana on Sunday 7th August.  Vixen delighted us by being crowned the overall Whippet Racing Champion and also took 1st place in the Working Whippet Class. Renoir behaved impecably in the Dog Class and managed to win a second place rosette, and young Breeze won 1st in the Pup Class and was the overall 'Whippet Puppy Champion'.  Breeze then had to go into against the Terrier Pup & Lurcher Pup Champions for overall  Best Puppy In Show to be decided .......... and she beat them both to be awarded ' Supreme Champion Pup In Show'. We couldn't have asked for a better day !!

Breeze winning Supreme Champion Pup In Show. Photo by Deirdre McCoy.
Breeze Causes A Stir At Bangor.....

Breeze 'Mossbawnhill Causin A Stir At Rushden', was awarded Best Baby Puppy Bitch and Best Of Breed Baby Puppy at Bangor & North Down Championship Show on 30th July 2011. The breed Judge was Mr Rafael Escar Tabuena of the 'Torre De Justo' affix from Spain.

Breeze then went into contend for the Best Baby Puppy In Show title, which was judged by Mr Howard Tonks 'Bawnduv'. Against strong competition from some beautiful 4 - 6 month old babies.......... Breeze went on to take Reserve Best Baby Puppy In Show !! We are very proud of our lovely young lady !!

Breeze winning Reserve Best Baby Puppy In Show at Bangor Championship Show. (Photo by Show Dogs Ireland)
Finlay wins Hound Puppy Group !!

We had a super day at Ballymena & District Dog Fanciers Association Open Show on 13th July. Finlay 'Fallswater Free Spirit' delighted us by winning the Puppy D/B class & Best Puppy In Breed under Miss Fiona Robertson (Sheol~Whippets) and then went Hound Puppy Group 1 under Mr Paul Lawless (Revloch~Belgian Shepherds).
Well Done Young Man !! 
Finlay has only been lightly shown so far as we are giving him time to mature.

Finlay in the ring for Best Puppy In Show under Judge Mr Paul Lawless (Revloch)
A Trio Of Success At The Sporting Whippet Club N.I.

On Sunday 10th July we had another lovely day out with good friends and great craic at a Sporting Whippet Club N.I. Show / Race event.
Margaret Martin (Barnesmore Whippets) had been asked to judge the show classes and we were delighted with our whippets placings. Breeze 'Mossbawnhill Causin A Stir At Rushden' took 3rd place in the Puppy Class, moving and standing very well for one so young. Dante, 'Rushden New Approach' came 2nd in the Whippet Dog Class, beating his litter brother Merlin, 'Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss' who was placed 3rd.Our new blue lady, Flash, 'Flash Of Blue Lightning' delighted us when she came 2nd in a strong Whippet Bitch Class.
In the adult racing we entered both Dante & Flash and when graded, Dante qualified with the top A Grade racers while Flash qualified in the C Grade. Both dogs tried really hard but were out ran on this occassion and didn't come home with any trophies. Finlay also put on a good show in the Puppy Racing and we are sure that as he gets more practice he will be up there with the best of them.

Below you can see photo's of our dogs who were placed in the show classes...........

Breeze (aged almost 5 months) came 3rd in the Whippet Pup Class.
Dante handled by Janet & his litter brother Merlin, with owner/handler Graham Meek. The boys were placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Whippet Dog Class.
Flash, handled by Tracy, took 2nd place in the Whippet Bitch Class.
New Photo's Of Rushden Moulin Rouge

We recently received these lovely photo's of 'Rushden Moulin Rouge' ~ Ozzy from his owner Tina Robb. Ozzy lives over in Yorkshire, England with Tina and her family.  He is from our litter sired by Rushden Mr Bojangles at Sinursa out of our French import bitch 'Tess Du Manoir De La Grenouillere' (1CC), whom we recently very sadly lost to lymphoma. One of Ozzy's litter mates, Lola 'Rushden Ooh La La'  lives here with us at Rushden and has been doing very well in the show ring recently, having won her first CC at Birmingham National Show in May under Bitte Ahren's Primavera (Sober's Kennel ~ Italy)
 
Thanks Tina, for allowing us to use these pics of Ozzy on our website, we hope you share many more happy, healthy years together.

A New Arrival

We have a new arrival at Rushden ........

Flash is a beautiful blue lady who has come to join our whippet family. She has a wonderful temperament and the sweetest of nature and has already fitted in really well. She is a true all rounder, a multi purpose whippet equally at home out in the field, on a race track, in a show ring or curled up on a sofa!!!
We would like to thank our dear friends Liz & Eddie McKinstry for allowing Flash to come and live with us and entrusting us with her welfare.

Flash making herself at home on the sofa!!
Dante wins Best In Show !!!!!!!

Dante won Open Dog, Best of Breed, Group 1 & then went Best In Show at N.I. Gundog, Field & Show Society Open Show on Sunday 25th June. The judge Mrs Olive Carty from Ireland, who herself has owned whippets in the past, said she would have loved to have taken Dante home with her........ a compliment indeed!! It really was a super day and we would like to thank the judge for making it a very memorable one and appreciating all our other dogs too!

 In whippets, Lola
'Rushden Ooh La La Jun Ch. CJW'08, CW'09, CW'11' won the Open Bitch Class but was beaten by Dante in the challenge for BOB.
 In Parson Russell Terriers, Sky 'Rocfalls Diamond Dust' was placed 1st in the Open D/B Class and then went on to win Best Of Breed and Group 3.

Dante winning Best In Show under judge Olive Carty (photo By Dorothy Park)
Nico shows his socks off in Scotland !!

We travelled over to the Scottish Borders last weekend (18th June) to show whippets under breed specialist Bill Armstrong. (Cornstalk whippets, UK) at Border Union championship show. Lola (Rushden Ooh La La) was shortlisted to the last few in a strong Open Bitch class. Nico (Rushden Just A Gigolo), owned by our good friend Janice Mckinley, showed really well and handled by Tracy managed to take 2nd place in the Limit Dog class!

Here is Nico's critique from the show.......

''McKinleys Rushden Just A Gigolo, brindle of excellent quality & type, lovely head & expression, not a small dog but no coarseness &  so very nicely made throughout with everything in the right place. Cast a nice outline standing and moving where he covers the ground very easily.''

Rushden just A Gigolo, Nico, placed 2nd in the Limit Dog class.
Farewell Sweet Emma.....RIP (18/04/00 - 21/05/11)

We sadly had to say goodbye to our beautiful Emma 'Ir Ch. Barmaud Sweet Shannon', on 21st May. Emma was a truly wonderful whippet who in her prime not only excelled in the show ring, but also on the race field. She gained her Irish Title under judges from across the globe and won several Open Bitch classes at UK Championship Shows.  She loved to race and was the Whippet Race Champion at many  Game Fairs in Ireland ......yelping and barking crazily on the start line when race officials shook the lure infront of her!! In her latter years Emma suffered with arthritus in her joints and took up almost permanent residence in our living room .........apart from when a trip in the caravan was mentioned, Em had to be there with us !!

Rest In Peace sweet Emma........Run free from pain across the Rainbow Bridge. Gone but never forgotten xxx

Emma 'Ir Ch Barmaud Sweet Shannon' (18/04/00 - 21/05/11)
Emma snuggled under the quilt on her final trip in the caravan Easter 2011.
Bitch CC for Lola at The National !

We are extremely proud to announce that Lola thrilled us at The National Dog Show, Birmingham by not only winning a strong Open Bitch class, but also winning the Bitch Challenge Certificate. The judge, Bitte Ahrens Primavera (Sobers Kennel, Italy) awarded Lola Best Bitch from a quality entry of 204 whippets.

Lola 'Rushden Ooh La La Jun Ch, CJW'08, CW'09,CW'11' has a combination of English and Continental lines in her pedigree as she is out of our late CC winning French import bitch, 'Tess du Manoir De La Grenouillere' by a homebred lad 'Rushden Mr Bojangles at Sinursa.'


Lola photographed by Jean Dickenson @ Birmingham National shortly after winning her CC.
New Photo's of Smoke

Linda Horton took these lovely photo's of young Smoke 'Rushden Where There's Smoke With Mossbawnhill' when he was in the ring at The National Dog Show, Birmingham. Smoke was one of the youngest in the Junior Dog class as he had only just celebrated his first birthday, however he showed his socks off for owner/ handler Pamela Hunter and we are sure you will agree they make a great team !!  

Thanks for letting us use your photo's Linda !

Rushden Where There's Smoke with Mossbawnhill (Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss (1CC, 3RCC) X Mossbawnhill Smooth As Silk For Rushden CJW'09, Euro JW'09)
Smoke aged 12months (Photo's by L. Horton)
Crufts 2011 - Ooh La La......what a day!!

Lola (Rushden Ooh La La - Jun Ch. CJW'08, CW'09, CW'11) did us proud at Crufts by winning 3rd in Open Bitch. In this very strong class with 32 of the top whippet bitches from around the world, Lola was only beaten by the bitch CC & RCC winners. The judge was the well respected breed specialist Magnus Hagstedt of the Signum Whippet Kennel in Sweden....

''Really strong class with several exceptional bitches, a treat to watch and a joy to judge. (3) Rushden Ooh La La, brindle, feminine with a generous outline, make and shape. Sweeping lines all through and a nice mover ! Lovely trio that made a strong impression.''

Whippet males were judged by hound specialist Dagmar Kenis Pordham and the young black and white boy 'Rushden Where There's Smoke With Mossbwnhill' bred by us , owned by Ryan & Pamela Hunter, also delighted us by gaining a reserve (4th) in a very respectable Special Puppy Dog Class of 19. Smoke was expertly handled  on the day by Pamela.

A huge thankyou to both judges for appreciating our breeding. We are extremely proud of both Lola and Smoke for their continued success in the ring.

Lola placed 3rd in the Open Bitch Class at Crufts!!
St. Patrick's Day 'Celtic Winners Show 2011'

'Rushden whippets' had a super day at The IKC St.Patrick's Celtic Winners Show on 17th March.
 
Under breed judge Mrs M.R. Parker, 'Rushden Where There's Smoke With Mossbawnhill', owned by Pamela & Ryan Hunter, was 2nd Junior Dog. 'Smoke' also took a 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the Puppy and (Petplan)Junior Stakes both Judged by Mr E. Patterson (Rocksham).
Rushden Just A Jigolo, owned by Janice McKinley but handled in the ring by Tracy,
was a very respectable 2nd in Open Dog.
To top it all our lovely Lola'Rushden Ooh La La - Jun Ch, CJW'08, CW'09' won the Open Bitch Class and then went on to take the Bitch Green Star. As this was Celtic Winners Show, Lola can now add CW'11 to her title.

Lola, although only selectively campaigned in Ireland, now has 6 Green Stars to her name and only needs to win 1 more to gain her Irish Title !!

Our new litter of Parson Russell Puppies.

We have an exciting litter of Parson Russell Terrier puppies at Rushden at the moment. Sky(Rocfalls Diamond Dust) has given birth to 3 dogs and 2 bitches sired by our lovely Mac (Howlbeck Mack In Dee).The photo below shows the babies at ten days old, more info, updates and photo's to be updated soon.....

Parson Russell pups at ten days old.
Goodbye Tess


With great sadness we had to say goodbye to Tess Du Manoir De La Grenouillere (1CC), our French Import bitch, on 7th February 2011. Tess had been diagnosed with Lymphoma a few months ago and had been coping well with her illness until the last few days when her health went down hill rapidly. It was obvious that the time had come to let her go.......

   RIP sweet Tess, gone but never forgotten xxx

Tess Du Manoir De La Grenouillere (28/02/02 - 07/02/11)
Damson's back on form !
Damson did us proud at the Shih Tzu Club Of Ireland Limit Show on Sunday 30th January. Under hound specialist Marion Finney (Gulliagh),  she was awarded Reserve Best A/V Open in Show !!
Damson being handled by Tracy at The Shih Tzu Show.
Exciting litter due Feb. 2011

We are delighted to announce that we soon hope to hear the pitter patter of tiny Parson Russell paws!

Sky (Rocfalls Diamond Dust) is in whelp to Mac (Howlbeck Mack In Dee) and puppies are expected mid February 2011.

This will be Sky's first litter, although Mac has already sired several Irish Champions and a Reserve CC winner (our own Mackenzie 'Rushden Mirror Image')

If you think you may be interested in offering a permanent, loving pet/show home to a pup from this litter then please get in touch through the 'contact us' page on the website.

Sky, the dam of the expected litter.(Boris The Bolt X Howlbeck Mary Popins)
Mac, the sire.(Windynook Lord Of The Rings X Howlbeck Uno-Me)
Best of Friends.

Sunny & Daka (Rushden Winter Thyme & Rushden Winter Breeze) are litter sister's and the best of friends. These very lucky young ladies live a wonderful life in Slovakia with their owners Lucia Kuzmova & Jurad Nad. Sunny & Daka are from our Rushden Lover Boy X Rushden Hot 'N' Sassy litter. We think you'll agree that the photo below is simply stunning !

Sunny & Daka relaxing together.
5 Rushden Whippets Qualified for NI Hound Of The Year 2010

Five Rushden bred whippets attended Northern Ireland Hound Of The Year 2010 on Saturday 8th January. Each of them had qualified for this event  by winning at  shows held in Northern Ireland throughout 2010.

Pictured in the photo below, with their owners, from Left to Right :

Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss (1CC, 2RCC's) - Qualified by winning CC & BOB at Belfast Championship Show.
Rushden Just A Gigolo - Qualified by winning Green Star (CAC) Dog  at Newtownards Championship Show.
Rushden Where There's Smoke With Mossbawnhill - Qualfied his first time out by winning BPIS at Hound Club of N.I.
Rushden Ooh La La (Jun Ch. CJW'08, CW'09) - Qualified by winning Green Star (CAC) Bitch at both Bangor & Portadown Championship Shows.
Rushden New Approach (1RCC) - Qualified by winning Res. Green Star Dog at Portadown Championship Show.

(All of these dogs will also be at Crufts 2011.)

Merlin with Graham MeeK, Nico with Janice Mckinley, Smoke with Pamela Hunter, Lola with Tracy Gill, Dante with Janet Duke. (Photo by Eddie Patterson)
Another Reserve CC for Merlin !!

Despite the bitterly cold, snowy weather we managed to make the long journey over toThe Whippet Club Of Wales Championship Show on Saturday 4th December. 
There were two judges, one for dogs and one for bitches, both breed specialists - June Cox (Rearsbylea) judged the dogs and Di Morgan (Meandi) the bitches.

Lola 'Rushden Ooh La La', did us proud and showed her socks off to be placed 4th (reserve) in a strong Open Bitch Class. Our good friend Graham Meek was also over showing Merlin 'Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss', and they delighted us by winning the Limit Dog Class. The boys then went in for the challenge and were awarded the Reserve CC !! We are very proud of them both, Graham & Merlin are really turning into a winning team having won 1CC with BOB, 2 Reserve CC's and numerous classes this year alone.

' Happy Birthday Marcus '

We don't usually mention birthdays on our website but on this occassion we are making an exception ....... Marcus, Khabaray Paco Rabbane At Dumbriton has  today (22nd Nov) reached the grand old age of 12 !! Our lovely black brindle lad, who is now a bit grey around the edges...lol, is a real gentleman. Marcus has sired UK, Irish and Australian Champions, and is the sire, grandsire and great grandsire of several of the whippets here at Rushden. Two of Marcus's grandsons have been doing extremely well in the show ring this year, our Rushden New Approach won the RCC at W.E.L.K.S.  and his litter brother Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss won a RCC at S.K.C. and then went one better to win CC and BOB at Belfast Championship show.

' HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARCUS !! '

Marcus relaxing on his 12th birthday.
Smoke Goes Best Puppy In Show !!

On Saturday 10th Nov. 'Rushden Where There's Smoke With Mossbawnhill' took the Best Puppy In Show award at the Hound Club of N.I. under Hound Specialist, Lyn Hewson (Rekaylahn) from the UK. This was young Smoke's debut in the showring and he certainly did it in style! We would like to congratulate Pamela & Ryan Hunter on this fabulous win with their Rushden lad........ We are sure it will be the
first of many.


WELL DONE SMOKE !!

Smoke after his BPIS win pictured with owner/handler Pamela Hunter and judge Lyn Hewson. (Photo by Howard Tonks)
Smoke 'on the stack' before he went into the ring. Photo by Hunter.
Wow, look at her now....!!

The Neil family have kindly sent us some new photo's of Suzie 'Rushden Paparazzi', the dark brindle particolour bitch from our Merlin X Damson litter. Suzie is almost 6 months old now and is clearling thouroughly enjoying her life in Scotland with Jamie & Evonne and their daughters Sophie & Kirsty. Jamie tells us that she loves digging holes in their garden and stealing the girls toys .....oops! I wonder who she takes after......Damson by any chance, lol!!

Ahhhhh look at the wee princess !

Here she is at the beach......

Suzie on the sand.

We think she is turning into a beautiful young lady and are looking forward to seeing her mature.

Suzie practising being stacked.
Chilli wins her first rosette.
Chilli, 'Rushden Kinky Boots', won her first rosette yesterday at the tender age of 5 1/2 moths. At a charity dog show in aid of a local animal sanctuary she was awarded 1st place in the 'small dog' class - winning her first red rosette and a bag of dog food! Well done Chilli, we hope it is the first of many !!
Chilli with her prize and rosette for winning 'The Best Small Dog' class.
Success At Portadown Show.

We returned from Portadown Championship Show (IKC) on Saturday 16th October, with big smiles
on our faces!
Having taken 3 dogs (Lola, Dante & Mackenzie) ...... we came home with 3 class wins, 2 Green Stars, 1 Reserve Green Star, 1 Reserve Best Of Breed and 1 Best of Breed !!
(See results page for more info...) 

A very successful days showing indeed !!

Rushden Relatives Relaxing .....
We recently received this lovely photo of two Rushden bred whippets who share their lives with the Robb family in Yorkshire. Ozzy 'Rushden Moulin Rouge'(Rushden Mr Bojangles At Sinursa X Tess Du Manoir De La Grenouillere (Imp. France)) and Dante 'Rushden Tumbling Dice'(Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss X Mossbawnhill Smooth As Silk For Rushden CJW'09, Euro JW'09) both have very interesting pedigrees. We think this is a super picture of the boys relaxing together.
Ozzy (back) & Dante (front) sharing a bed.
A Fantastic Weekend For Rushden Whippets !!

The last weekend in September is a very busy weekend for 'showing whippets' in N. Ireland, with both Belfast Championship Show on the Saturday and The NIWC Championship Show on the Sunday................................

At Belfast show Judge Helen Fielden, awarded our Dante, 'Rushden New Approach' 2nd place in a strong Yearling Dog class. His brother Merlin 'Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss' (owned and handled by Graham Meek) won Limit Dog, CC & BOB!!!
We were delighted for Graham and are very proud to have bred such a lovely whippet. We hope that Merlin's next 2 CC's are only just around the corner..................

At the NIWC Championship Show the following day Rushden Whippets were again in the cards. Breed specialist Bob Belshaw (Permadon) was awarding tickets for the first time. Dante again came 2nd in PGD. Nico 'Rushden Just A Gigolo'owned by Jan McKinley but handled by Tracy won the LD class, (thus gaining his Stud Book Number!) and in the same class Merlin was Reserve.In a moment of madness 'Team Rushden'(Graham with Merlin, Jan with Nico, Tracy with Lola & Janet wth Dante) then decided to enter the Breeder's Competition and won it for the second year in a row !!

What a fantastic weekend for Rushden, we are delighted that both judges thought so highly of our dogs !!

Dante at Darlington

We had only one whippet entered at Darlington Championship Show - Dante 'Rushden New Approach'. Our first home bred black with white trim boy has been doing us proud this year and   didn't disappoint at Darlington! Under Breed Specialist, Gay Robertson of the famous 'Moonlake Kennels', Dante was placed 3rd in a strong Yearling Dog Class.

Tia in full flight .......
We have received some stunning photo's from Billy Harpur showing Tia (Rushden Hot Gossip) doing what she loves best.........racing! Tia retired from the pedigree show ring several years ago and now enjoys showing and racing at game fairs and sporting events, where she has had considerable success!  We think Billy has really captured Tia's enthusiasm on the race field in this photo below. Thanks Billy!
Tia in full flight ......(photo by Billy Harpur)
Merlin & Graham work their magic at SKC .........


Graham Meek and Merlin, 'Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss' flew the flag for Rushden whippets at the Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show yesterday (28th Aug)
.........and didn't they do well!!

Under Judge Mark Cocozza the boys won the Yearling Dog class and then went on to win the Reserve Dog Ticket (RCC).We are extremely proud of them both!! This fantastic win means that Merlin has now gained his Stud Book Number and is qualified for Crufts for life.
Congratulations guys !!

(This is the second RCC won by dogs from our very successful Gilnockie Black Magic CW'08 X Rushden Hot Gossip mating - The first being won by our own Dante, 'Rushden New Approach'  at W.E.L.K.S. a few months ago under breed specialist J. North-Row)

Miller's first trophy !!

Last Sunday (15th Aug.) we attended another Sporting Whippet Club N.I. show & race day at Dunsilly Kennels in Antrim. We decided to take one of the  pups from our Merlin X Damson litter with us for some socialisation. 'Miller', formally known as 'Rushden In The Mood' took everything in his stride ......so much so that we decided to enter him in the Whippet Pup show class. Imagine our amazement when , from a class of 13, the Judge selected Miller as the winner! We were so proud of him, he was only 15 weeks old and up against some lovely pups much older then himself. Here is a photo of him with his first trophy, hopefully the first of many !!

Miller posing with his first trophy !!
Miller 'Rushden In The Mood' (centre) photographed with the pups placed 2nd (LHS) and 3rd (RHS) in the Puppy class.

We met up with two more of Damson's babies at The Sporting Whippet Club N.I. event. 'Smoke 'and 'Jack' were both there with their new owners and we couldn't let the day go by without taking some photo's of them both. Here they are aged 15 weeks ..........................

Rushden Where There's Smoke With Mossbawnhill owned by Pamela & Ryan Hunter.
Rushden Jack The Lad, owned by Ms J. Boyce
Another Green Star for Ooh La La !!!

We haven't been to many IKC Championship shows recently but on Saturday (7th August) we attended Bangor & North Down Canine Club All Breed Championship Show at the King's Hall in Belfast. We had four of our whippets entered and were delighted when the judge Dr. Cristian Vantu (Insolens) from Romania awarded Lola, Green Star Bitch from the Open Class. All our whippets were well placed in their classes, and were awarded 'excellent' gradings. (See results page for more details)

Dante on the move at Bangor Show. He won the Intermediate Dog Class.
Dante's looking good !!

Tina Robb has sent us these lovely photo's of 'Rushden Tumbling Dice' on the stack at 13 weeks. Dante is from our Merlin X Damson litter and we think he is looking great !!

'Rushden Tumbling Dice' - Dante
Rushden Tumbling Dice (Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss X Mossbawnhill Smooth As Silk For Rushden CJW'09, Euro JW'09)
A Great Day At Ballinlough !!

On Sunday 1st August we had a lovely day out with some of our dogs at Ballinlough Game & Country Fair. We entered the terrier, lurcher and whippet show and were delighted when all of our dogs were placed. Rosie, one of our smooth parson Russell Terriers, came 2nd in the 'terriers under 12'' class '. In the whippet ring - Tia won a 2nd place in the 'working whippet' class and Renoir and Dante won 1st and 3rd respectively in the 'whippet dog' class. Renoir, handled by Tracy then went on to be crowned overall 'Whippet Champion'. We were delighted that the judges thought so highly of our dogs and came home with an array of rosettes and trophies !!

Renoir in the BIS ring
Rushden Where There's Smoke With Mossbawnhill

This lovely photo 'of Smoke' aged 12 weeks, was taken at The East Anglian Whippet Club weekend by Pat Clewes (Shardbeck).  We think he looks stunning and are delighted with how he is progressing.........it looks as if he may have a very promising future with Pamela & Ryan at Mossbawnhill.

Smoke stacked @ 12 weeks. Photo by Pat Clewes (Shardbeck)
Turbo.....'Rushden Special Request'

We have received this lovely photo of Turbo 'Rushden Special Request', from his new owners. He lives locally and shall be coming to visit us for his holidays later in the year.

Turbo relaxing at home
Rushden Tumbling Dice arrives in Yorkshire

Another of the Damson X Merlin babies has gone to his new home. Rushden Tumbling Dice  who has been named 'Dante,' arrived in Yorkshire on Sunday night after a long ferry and car journey. This 'well travelled young man' will be sharing his life with the Robb family and their canine companions - one of whom is also a 'Rushden' whippet! Dante will hopefully be shown by Tina .We wish them well and look forward to seeing them in the ring in the future.

Below are some photo's that Tina sent us, showing Dante settling in to his new home.

Dante - 'Rushden Tumbling Dice'
Dante with his new pals, Ozzy & Vinny.
Rushden Tumbling Dice making himself at home.....lol!!
Rushden Paparazzi heads to Scotland
Rushden Paparazzi left us on Sunday (4th July) to go to her hew home in Scotland with the Neil family. 'Suzie' as she has been named, has settled in very well with Jamie, Evonne and their two daughters Sophie & Kirsty. 'Suzie' will be a much loved family pet and will hopefully be quick enough to compete on the race field when she gets a bit older.........
Rushden Paparazzi 'Suzie'
Smoke leaves for his new home

Another of Damson's pups has gone to his new home. 'Smoke'(Rushden Where There's Smoke) has gone to live with Ryan & Pamela Hunter at the 'Mossbawnhill' whippet kennel here in Northern Ireland. He will be sharing his life with their other whippets -several who are his relatives, and competing in conformation shows in the future.
We wish them all many happy, healthy, successful years together !

Smoke & his dad, Merlin
The first of the babies leaves for his new home.
Today (Thurs. 24th June) the first of Damson's babies left for his new home. 'Rushden Special Request' aka Turbo has gone to live locally with the Wright family. We wish them all the very best with him.
Boy 5 has gone to live locally with the Wright family.
BIS & RBIS at The Sporting Whippet Club N.I.

We had another super day at The Sporting Whippet Club N.I. show and race day on Sunday 20th June.  Tia, aka Rushden Hot Gossip, won the whippet bitch class and her son Dante, aka Rushden New Approach, won the whippet dog class. Dante was then awarded Best In Show and Tia Reserve Best in Show (for the 2nd time this year) The Judge was Brian Doak of the world famous Rosslyn Deerhounds.

Whippet Bitch Class Winners Tia 1st (Lhs of photo)
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Whippet Dog Class Winners Dante 1st (Lhs of photo)
The babies are 6 weeks old!

Damson X Merlin's puppies have turned 6 weeks old........ how the time has flown! It seems only yesterday that they were only just born and giving us sleepless nights!

Here are a few 'casual' photos of them taken yesterday (14/06/10) while they were playing in the sunshine having fun.

We will take photo's of them 'stacked' later in the week so please call back and look at the 'puppies page'whenever you have the time.

              Tracy (& the 9 little rascals!)

Tia's boys make us proud !

The Whippet Club Of Scotland held their '5Oth Anniversary' Championship Show on Saturday 12th June. The Judge was Breed specialist Jessie McLeod of the world famous 'Peperone Kennels'.

Our own Rushden New Approach (Dante), handled by Janet,won the Yearling Dog class. Second in the classwas Dante's litter brother Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss(Merlin), handled by owner Graham Meek. 

These two young dogs are a result of our very successful mating of Gilnockie Black Magic  CW'08 to Rushden Hot Gossip , Tia. We thank Jessie for thinking so highly of them both.

The photo below was taken by Pauline Leslie when the boys had just won 1st and 2nd in their class, Thanks Leslie!

Dante & Merlin taking 1st and 2nd place in the Yearling Dog Class.
A Great Day At Southern Counties
Rushden Whippets had a great day at Southern Counties Ch. Show on Saturday 5th June under Swedish judge Dr. Goran Bodegarde.......

Lola (Rushden Ooh La La - Jun ch, CJW'08, CW'09) was placed 4th in a strong Limit Bitch class from a very large entry of 27.

Merlin(Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss), owned and handled by Graham Meek, took 2nd place in Yearling Dog from an entry of 18.

Thank you to the Judge, fellow exhibitors and onlookers around the ring for your lovely comments about these two dogs.

Below is a picture of Graham in the ring with young Merlin. We have no photos of Lola in the ring as the photographer (Tracy) was busy handling!
Merlin 'Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss' at S. Counties Ch Show
Damson X Merlin Puppies born 29/04/10 !!

We are delighted to announce that Mossbawnhill Smooth As Silk For Rushden (Damson) safely delivered a litter of 9 beautiful whippet puppies (7 dogs & 2 bitches) in the early hours of Thursday 29th April. The sire of this litter is Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss (Merlin).This is a very exciting litter as regards the colour of the pups and their pedigree - It combines some of the best UK, Continental and US lines.

(See puppies page for more information & photographs)
 
 

Damson with her puppies at 2 weeks old.
Top Honours at W.E.L.K.S

Wow!! What a day we had when Janet travelled over to the W.E.L.K.S. Championship Show on Sunday 25th April.
She showed two of our whippets under breed specialist, Mrs Jennifer North-Row (Barmaud). In the biggest class of the day (Limit Bitch),Lola 'Rushden Ooh La La' was placed 3rd, from an entry of 14. Dante 'Rushden New Approach'won the Yearling Dog classfrom a very respectable entry of 13........He then went on to take the
Reserve Dog Challenge Certificate !!!!

It's nice to see a black whippet winning the top awards, especially one so young, Dante is only 18 months old.
 
Janet also took young Mackenzie 'Rushden Mirror Image' (Parson Russell Terrier) over to the show. This was 'Kenzie's' first time at a UK Championship Show and she really took it all in her stride! Breed specialist Mr Patrick Dooner, placed her 1st in Minor Puppy Bitch and in 'the Challenge' he awarded her the Reserve bitch ticket (RBCC) ..........WOW, she is not yet 7 months old and on the day was considered by the judge to be the second best PRT bitch entered .... Amazing!!

* These wins mean that both Dante & Mackenzie have now gained their Stud Book Numbers - Qualifying them for Crufts for life ! (Lola already has hers) *


~Thanks to both Judges for appreciating our homebred youngsters, and thanks to everyone for their kind words and congratulations on that fabulous day!


It really was a day we (especially Janet) shall 'never forget' !!!!!!


A 'Family Portrait'

Our Parson Russell Terrier Howlbeck - Mack-In -Dee (Mac) had a lot to be proud of at Banbridge Show on Sunday, 18th April. Three of his children winning top honours in the breed. Judge Mr B. Leslie awarded Mr & Mrs Dooner's 'Jun Ch. Jappatin Tailormade' 1st OD & Green Star Dog, Tara Hunt's 'Jappatin Fashion Statement' 1st IB & GSB  and our homebred 'Rushden Mirror Image' 1st PB & Res.GSB. To celebrate the event we took a family photo.......

(L-R Jappatin Tailormade GSD winner, Jappatin Fashion Statement GSB winner, Rushden Mirror Image RGSB winner)

Mac's son and daughters Banbridge Ch. Show 2010
A Day To Remember !!

On Sunday 11th April, we took Vixen & Tia (Rushden Hot Gossip) to the first 'Sporting Whippet Club N.I.' show and race event of 2010. Surrounded by blue skies, brilliant sunshine, great friends and lots of lovely whippets .......what a great day we had!! 

Both our girls performed brilliantly in the straight racing
- Tia finishing 2nd overall in the Grade B racing and Vixen, 'the black bullet', going one better to win the Grade A racing.

We had success in the show ring aswell......Tia won the whippet bitch class and then went on to be awarded Reserve Best In Show.To top it all off Best In Show was awarded to Tia's son, Merlin 'Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss' (owned by Graham Meek).......Making it a real family affair !!




Photo below (by D. McCoy) shows Graham with Merlin (BIS) & Tracy with Tia (RBIS)

BIS & RBIS Sporting Whippet Club N.I. (April 2010)
Mackenzie's continued success !

At BDSS Open Show on Easter Tuesday Rushden Mirror Image 'Mackenzie' won OD/B, BOB, BP & Puppy Group 2. We are delighted with our homebred young lady as this was only her 2nd time being shown!

(See results page for all our results from this show)


Mackenzie aged 6 months. Photo taken at Combined Canine Club International Show by J. Stubbs
Mackenzie makes her debut in Style!
 'Mackenzie' our home bred Parson Russell Terrier Pup - Rushden Mirror Image' (Howlbeck Mack In Dee x Pacolito Schemeing Monkey) made her debut at 'The Easter Classic' International All Breed Dog Show on Saturday 3rd April. Aged just 6 months and 3 days she won the puppy bitch class from an entry of three, with a 'very promising' grading. We were delighted as she really was the baby of the class - her future looks very bright indeed!

Rushden whippets also had an eventful day at the show, see results page for more information.



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Renoir makes an 'Impression' at Crufts!

We had a great time at Crufts and it was nice to catch up with so many friends from home and abroad.

We were delighted when dog Judge Terry Nethercott placed 'Renoir' Rushden Impressionist 4th (Reserve) in the Mid-limit class from a sizeabe entry of 22 whippets.
Renny, handled by Tracy, loves the big ring at Crufts as it is one of the few places he really gets the chance to show off his excellent movement.

 In Special Junior Dog another Rushden whippet caught Mr Nethercotts eye
'Merlin'   Rushden Cast's A Spell Over Brackaghmoss was also awarded 4th in a class of 20. We are extremely proud of Merlin and his owner/handler Graham Meek who are turning into a real winning team!
'Merlin' Rushden Cast's A Spell At Brackaghmoss (black & white on RHS) with owner Graham Meek at Crufts 201O. Photo by Annamaria Mozes
A great day for Rushden at Newtownards!

Rushden whippets had a great day at Newtownards Ch. Show (Sun. 28th Feb 2010) under UK breed specialist, Sandra Marshall (Lowerdon)

Rushden Hollyberry 'Holly' was 2nd in her Junior class.

'Merlin' Rushden Cast's A Spell over Brackaghmoss (owned and handled by Graham Meek) won the Junior Dog class and his litter brother 'Wilbur' Rushden By Chance (owned and handled by Scott Fallis) was 3rd in the class.

Our own 'Dante' Rushden New Approach (another brother ) handled by Janet was 1st in the Intermediate Dog class.

Then to top it all 'Nico' Rushden Just A Jigolo (owned by Janice McKinley but handled today by Tracy) went on to win Open Dog and then went one better to take Green Star Dog.

Very well done to all concerned !!

A recent photo of Nico taken at Crufts 2010
Lola goes Best of Breed and 1st Group 10

Rushden Ooh La La (Jun Ch CJW08 CW09) won Best of Breed at the recent Skye Terrier Club of Ireland All Breed open show, and then went on to win Group 10. Judge for both was Mr G Anthony (Rottzridge)

Merlin goes BOB and Group 3!!!

Rushden Casts A Spell Over Brackaghmoss won Green Star Dog, Best Of Breed and 3rd Group 10 at Cloghran All Breed Championship Show in Dublin on Sunday 15th Nov. The judge for both breed and group was Mrs A Mathers (Metewand).
Merlin is owned and shown by Graham Meek, and apart from already being Crufts qualified, he is excelling both in the field, where he is proving to be a competent worker, and on the race track where he finished last season as runner up in the puppy competition. All this and only 13 months old!!
A true multi purpose whippet!

Congratulations guys, keep up the good work!!

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Darcy becomes a Junior Champion!!

Darcy, Rushden By Design, got his final class win to make him an FCI Junior Champion at Portadown Ch. Show. The judge was Editha Newton (Nevedith) UK.
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