This year, the Bradford Ch.
Show attracted an entry of 672 cavies; a total that included 19 Dutch. Not the
biggest breed entry by any stretch of the imagination but reasonably good for
most years. Amy Heale did well in the Adult classes with a Red sow being the
best. It was also good enough to take the Marked/Ticked Sow Challenge. In the
Intermediate classes, a Chocolate sow shown by Karen Binks prevailed whilst in
the youngsters, a Black boar shown by Wilmot Goldsworthy proved best.
In February, Wessex Cavy
Club kindly hosted the Dutch Cavy Club South West Area Show with Peter Gammie
doing the honours. The entry of 32 Dutch was reasonably good for the time of
year and, in fact, it proved to be very satisfactory in the light of the
entries at some subsequent events. Sarah Stribley took Best Dutch with her good
adult Red boar, 'Treleaver Rambo' that was later to become a DCC champion and
be the only Dutch in 2012 to gain Best in Show over all breeds at an open event
(East Cornwall C.C. in May). Well done Sarah.
However, from the judge's
comments the top spot at Wessex was closely contested with Wilmot Goldsworthy's
5/8 months Black boar not far behind and just losing out on saddle placement.
Wilmot also took Best Youngster with another Black boar. Also, it was good to see some juvenile
interest at the show and Ewan Collis took Best Junior with a 5/8 months Black
boar. Collis was a name to crop up at other DCC events and one that did quite
The Yorkshire Championship
Show at Keighley in April is always a good show, attracting an entry of 517
pigs this year. I'm not sure how many Dutch were entered for Peter Wardman to
sort out but I suspect it was somewhere in the mid-thirties. Sarah Stribley's
red boar, 'Treleaver Rambo' again took the top honours with a smart 5/8 months Chocolate from Amy Heale
taking the runner up spot. Third in the Grand Challenge was an adult Red sow
from Kevin Hopkins and I suspect this may well have been the attractive
youngster that took my eye at the Real
London Show in September 2011.
Pete Wardman's comments on
Kevin's pig were quite complimentary but stated that a little better
preparation would have improved the saddle. It is a job to know what exactly is
the ideal requirement is this regard as some judges are happy with a really
tidy line whilst others prefer a more natural line. One does have to be careful
as this can be quite a contentious issue and is something that is hard to
deliberate on. A matter of opinion is the simplistic answer.
The month of May was marred
with the loss of our Secretary, Maggie McKay who had been diagnosed with liver
cancer in September 2011 and had struggled on bravely helping out with the
local Kent shows until the very end. Maggie had offered to resigned but members
at the 2011 AGM felt that we should not desert her and that she should continue
in office with Stuart Inch and others agreeing to help out with various duties.
Sadly, the Club survived better than Maggie did with obituaries appearing in
the June issue of Cavies magazine. They can still be read on the DCC website.
Should anyone have
forgotten, 2012 was the wettest year for about 100 years. The DCC Northern Area
Summer Show that should have been held at the Bingley Agricultural Show on 21st
July had to be abandoned because of the waterlogged state of the site.
Hopefully, we will have better luck in 2013.
The Club's Southern Area
Show was held in conjunction with the Real
London Show on 8th September. A total of 41 Dutch were entered
for Kevin Lidbetter to sort out and, as expected, he made a good fist of things
and, as expected, Sarah Stribley and Amy Heale featured in most of the top
placings. This time, Amy prevailed with her Chocolates with third place in the Grand Challenge going to Sarah's
'Rambo'. Amy was also successful in the Intermediate classes with another
Chocolate although Sarah had to be content with second place in the u/5 months
challenges with her promising Golden Agouti boar. Malcolm Atkinson can often be
expected to produce something very useful and this time he brought down a smart
young Black sow from Yorkshire to take Best Youngster.
As Amy Heale was judging
Best in Show for the Real London
classes and Graham Godfrey was sorting the winners in the Marked/Ticked Adult
classes, this meant that the competition was a little different with Amy's
Chocolates and Reds and Graham's AOCs out of the running. Sarah Stribley's
'Treleaver Rambo' took the Adult Red class (10) to gain the remaining win that
was required for his championship. Maureen Woodward took the Dutch Agouti Adult
class (6) with a nice Cinnamon Agouti sow, a colour that has few supporters and
could do with more. Unfortunately, the remaining adult classes were
conspicuously absent from the report although I did notice from cards on the
show pens that Alan Wilson took the awards in the A.O.C. Adult class with his
In the London Intermediate
and Young classes, I was pleased to see the names of Sharon and Ewan Collis
taking firsts with their Black Dutch entries. Emily Bennet also did well with
her 5/8 months Reds and I was impressed with the colour of her stock. These
fanciers augur well for the future.
Amy Heale did the honours on
29th September for the Midland Area Show at Norton Lindsey. An entry
of 35 Dutch awaited her and that was a good response from fanciers considering
the few DCC members that reside in the midlands. Once again, 'Treleaver Rambo'
was present but, if he was a horse, it would have been reported that he had
been 'cast in his box' as some misfortune occurred overnight in the travelling
box. As a consequence, some coat was missing and that had to be taken into
consideration in the challenge placings.Therefore, two Blacks shown by Wilmot Goldsworthy headed Sarah's boar in
the Adult A.C.Challenge.
The Intermediate challenges
were won by Crazy Cavies with a useful Black Dutch although it was seen to be a
little over-groomed; a factor that probably held it back from progress in the
later challenges. Sarah Stribley took the Young classes with her promising Golden
Agouti boar and this pig then went on to take the Grand Challenge and Best
Dutch. Wilmot's two Blacks provided the meat in this class sandwiched between
Sarah's youngster and her Red that took the Reserve spot.
Most of the successful
exhibits at this show proved to be boars but it was good to see Amy being
considerate to all colours with Alan Wilson's pleasing Cream taking second
place behind Wilmot's Black youngster in the Sow Challenge A.A.
This year, the Margaret
Elward Memorial Show went South West and was held on 13th October in
conjunction with the Cornish Championship Show. Only a small entry of 20 for
Graham Godfrey to sort out and the overall entry of 250 exhibits was perhaps a
little disappointing but other shows were being staged on the same day.
Graham's comments are rather sparse but I can report that Best Dutch went to
Amy Heale with a young Red Dutch sow. Second in the Grand Challenge went to
another youngster, Sarah Stribley's Golden Agouti with Wilmot Goldsworthy
taking third with her adult winning Black. It was good to see Sharon and Ewan
Collis showing again and Sharon took the 5/8 months challenges with her Black.
Also being staged on this
day was the London at Peterborough Championship Show and I see from the show
report that DCC member, Kerry Hill did quite well with her Golden Agouti 5/8 months exhibit. Kerry did
also exhibit at Norton Lindsey in September and she did disclose that she might
be running down her cavy interests to persevere with her show jumping aspirations.
It must be difficult to give both the attention they merit but I hope that we
don't completely lose Kerry to the horse world.
The last show of the year
was the Annual Stock Show at Loughborough on 9th December with yours
truly doing the honours. Unfortunately, Sarah Stribley and Wilmot Goldsworthy
were unable to make the show as I heard through the grapevine that Sarah had
badly injured her shoulder in an accident. I'm not sure of the exact details
but I hope it is nothing really serious and that she has a speedy recovery. As
a consequence, what could have been an entry in the mid-thirties only
materialised to a total of 25 Dutch.
However, there was still
some nice Dutch on view although it is fair to say that the quality was a bit
mixed. One exhibit in the 5/8 months classes was a Golden Agouti that I soon
discovered had a pronounced coat fault on the belly i.e. a ruffle/swirl. In the
past, prior to the standardisation of the breed standards, the likes of Jim Tenner would have called this fault an
escutcheon and I see from an old breed standard sheet of June 1997 that it is
clearly listed as a disqualification. Come the 21st Century and the
BCC review of all standards, this fault became 'standardised' and was then
listed simply as a fault across all short, smooth-haired varieties.
Notwithstanding the change,
I feel that it is still a serious fault and one that should not be present in a
first prize winning exhibit. Often in past years, I have seen such exhibits
sent off No Award and provided it is not indicated as a disqualification, I have
no quibble with this action and it is consistent with the American viewpoint of
matters. I simply withheld the first on this occasion as I felt that was more
consistent with my actions of the past but it is something that could be
discussed at the next DCC AGM as surely the fault has more in common with a
side whisker (disqualification) than
other faults such as cysts, hemmed ears,
static mite, etc.
When it came to the winning
exhibits at this show, Amy Heale had quite a field day taking the first three
places in the Grand Challenge with her adult Chocolate boar (a very impressive
pig), u/5 months Red sow (nice all round) adult Red sow (just held on cheeks).
The Reserve spot went to Gary Clark with his adult Red boar (heavier cheeks and
beaten undercut but still a nice pig).
Palace Cavies took the
Intermediate classes with a Red sow and they also showed a tidy adult Golden
Agouti boar that was a nicely coloured pig and a good example of the breed.
Madelaine Coomber flew the flag for the off colours in agouti showing both
Chocolate and Cinnamon exhibits. The two
chocolates varied quite a bit in colour with the winner dark and the second
light. The one she showed at Real London impressed me most for colour
and I hope she perseveres with this new colour as it I find it most attractive
at its best.
That leads me on the New
Colour class where I encountered a Buff cum Dark Cream that could well have
been a Dark Cream cum Buff and was not really my idea of a new colour. See
comments in my Cavies show report or on the DCC website. I would remind members
that the possibility of Buff Dutch was raised by Alison Roles at the DCC 2002
AGM and I quote: The Sec then read a letter from Alison Roles concerning the
possibility of darker coloured Cream Dutch being considered Buff Dutch. As this
prospect could lead to some confusion as to what was a dark Cream and what
could be considered a Buff Dutch, it was agreed to leave things as they were;
particularly as some judges had a leaning anyway toward a darker shade for the
better definition of markings.
All that now remains is to
wish everyone All the Very Best in 2013 and that, hopefully, there will be
plenty of promising Dutch around to give the judges a busy time.