Irish Wolfhound National Specialty (DWZRV)
Saturday, 28. May 2016
We are very proud to announce our 3 eminent Irish Wolfhound Breeders, all with international experience, to our Judge’s Panel: Gretchen Bernardi, Jan Pain and Chris Amoo.
Thank you for accepting our invitation. We all look forward to the upcoming event.
Gretchen Bernardi / USA
From the day my first dog came to me from Ohio in 1969 and right through our last litter, this breed has been an integral part of my life, because, to put it simply, I love Irish Wolfhounds…all Irish Wolfhounds.
In those 46 years I have had the good fortune to own, breed and show some very nice dogs and, even more rewarding, have had the pleasure of seeing dogs that come down from my breeding doing well in the show ring, especially in specialty competition here and abroad. Last year, a Berwyck dog was in the first or second generation of many of the top placing dogs.
But any success I have had in my own breeding program is due in large part to the breeders who shared their good dogs with me early on, and the breeders who more recently chose dogs of mine to include in their own programs. For that I will always be grateful. I continue to honor the achievements of those who came before us.
In 2011, the American Kennel Club named me Hound Breeder of the Year, which was especially gratifying to me, since I have, from the beginning, been far more a breeder than an exhibitor.
Over 25 years ago I authored and funded Longevity and Morbidity in the Irish Wolfhound, a study which remains valid today and has been translated into several languages and cited in hundreds of scientific papers.
But the greatest pleasure I have had is being able to host my fellow enthusiasts and their hounds at the Locust Grove annual event for the last 35 years. In the years that I have lived with Irish Wolfhounds, I have tried hard to keep two principles foremost in my mind. First, to leave this wonderful breed in at least as good a shape as I found it. Second, to always give credit to the great breeders who came before me and whose dogs live on in our present-day pedigrees.
I look forward to meet you all at the EIWC Congress 2016 in Germany.
Jan Pain / GB
The Ravensbeech adventure in Wolfhounds started in 1985, with a daughter of the famous Ch Kellybourne Pilot.
We now have reached our tenth generation, with some success and some heartbreak along the way. The 11th generation is “in the pipeline” as I write, in unbroken line to our original foundation bitch. We have a very small, ( and I like to think select !) kennel of normally 5 hounds, but never more than six. Currently living here are four generations, six hounds in total, including 3 veterans, 4 champion adult bitches and one exciting young man.
To date we have bred 9 UK champions, and owned 2 others, the lovely Ch Chater Oriana of R, and the beautiful Ch Conchobar Fancyfree to R. (Fonz), and there have also been Ravensbeech champions in the Netherlands, Norway and two in Slovenia. Fonz was top sighthound in the UK in 2007, and top hound all breeds in 2008, despite only attending fairly local shows as he wasn’t keen on travelling. He retired from the ring in 2008-at the top! Fonz mated to Ch Brittanica produced the top IW in the UK for 2010, Ch R Sabella, like her sire she was a group winner and BIS at Hound Show. Sabella produced Veritas, top puppy in 2010, and now a champion in her own right, making an unbroken line of 6 generations of champion bitches and one CC winner. Brittanica also produced the group winner Ch Fidelia in her second litter, and was top brood bitch for 2013 with 3 UK champion daughters from her two litters. Our 11th generation will be a line breeding to Brittanica, alive and heart clear at 9 ½ years.
I am excited to be judging the UK Irish Wolfhound Club Show in 2015, and my first Championship Show Hound Group at Windsor. Currently I award Challenge Certificates in Irish Wolfhounds, Dachshunds, Grand and Petit BGV, Salukis , Whippets and Cavalier KC spaniels, and have bred champions in Cavaliers and Grand Bassets.
How lucky I have been to judge our wonderful breed in Sweden, Netherlands, France , USA, Finland and once before in Germany, and really look forward to meeting you and your hounds at the EIWC Congress 2016.
Chris Amoo / GB
Chris Amoo was born in Liverpool and maybe because of that fact he became a famous English vocalist, songwriter and producer. A big part of his life belongs to the group: The Real Thing. “You to me are everything” is a song, which probably everybody knows.
Besides the charts, he is – together with his wife Julie - a very successful Irish Wolfhound and Afghan Hound breeder. His interest in Afghans began in 1978. He fell in love with 2 Afghan Hounds and purchased one the very next day – he named him “Oscar”. At that time, he had no thoughts about shows or show dogs. However, he was no stranger in exhibiting animals: He went to a school that had a working farm and a herd of pedigree Jersey cows and Chris competed with these cows at a huge Liverpool show.
His first show dog, an Afghan Hound was Ch. Ashihna Raoul, who had a stunning career: He won BOB at CRUFTS in 1984 and 1985, topping this by winning the hound group in 1985. Chris and his wife started breeding with their foundation bitch Ashihna Charmaine and the Sadé Kennel bred several very successful champions, multi group and BIS winners, including the BIS winner at CRUFTS in 1987 with Ch. Viscount Grant.
Actually, Chris always wanted an Irish Wolfhound. This became possible through Zena Thorn Andrews of the Drakesleat Kennels who entrusted him the fabulous Ch. Drakesleat Odyn when he was 10 weeks old. From that time in 1987 he and his wife have never been without an Irish Wolfhound! Drake became their first Irish Wolfhound champion and was a multi hound group winner. The foundation bitch of Sadé Irish Wolfhounds was Ch. Drakesleat Adyr, who had a great career – she was pup of the year and became a champion at a very young age. The Sadé Kennel is a very successful Afghan Hound and Irish Wolfhound Kennel and bred several champions, multi champions and even CRUFTS-winners.
Both breeds play a big part in Chris and Julie’s life. Chris loves spending a lot of time exercising his Irish Wolfhounds on long walks. He enjoys being with them out in the fields and he loves to see well trained and muscular Wolfhounds in the show ring.
Out of the point of showing and judging dogs, he enjoys to share his life with Irish Wolfhounds because he knows they are fantastic dogs!
The EIWC Congress in 2016 will be a great possibility to see many wonderful dogs. We look forward to the event.