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New Zealand
New Zealand
North Island St.Bernard
Association Inc.
Est: 1981

In order to meet the DogsNZ requirements for all clubs to hold both a Championship and Open Show prior to end of March 2022, the North Island St Bernard Assn approached several single breed clubs to ask if they would be interested in amalgamating for an Open Show. It seemed to us that not only would some clubs possibly receive low entries, others certainly did not have the resources and manpower to run such an event. After a positive response from most of the Giant (as established by AKC) breed clubs in New Zealand, we approached DogsNZ to see if they would approve the concept. Thankfully Executive Council approved of and embraced our solution to reduced numbers, and the planning for the Giant Breeds Open Show commenced.

Like a lot of calendared events last year, our first show date with Tauranga Kennel Association Championship Shows was cancelled, and we postponed from Labour Weekend 2021 to 8th January 2022.

The second weekend in January this year turned out to be a cracker and the sun beamed down on the Katikati venue. We were so lucky just being able to turn up after Tauranga Kennel Assn committee had done the hard yards erecting rings, gazebos, and organising security, loos etc.

On Saturday our Show Secretary Cath Tippett handed out to exhibitors, our generous goody bags with catalogues and numbers. We set up the trophy table with prizes, sashes and gifts and generous sponsorship by Royal Canin. Two large ice filled tubs with bottles of water, one placed ringside was free for exhibitors, spectators and dogs.

The show ended up with 52 entries over 11 of the invited 14 breeds and the inaugural Giant Breed Open Show commenced around 4pm with Kerol Goodwill our Steward, Steve Tate our Show Manager and Stacy Donaldson-Rogers our Judge, and Penny Brooks our photographer for the event.

The atmosphere was happy and friendly and relaxed. While the show was underway Garry Bettridge barbecued great tasting hamburgers for $5.00 and we gave complimentary desserts of amazing home made meringues with strawberries and cream produced by Barbara Bettridge. Both went down very well.

The North Island St Bernard Assn would like to thank all of the involved clubs and individuals and our generous sponsors who supported this event and helped with the organisation.

Results -

Best In Show - Newfoundland - NZ Ch Summerford's All Fired Up Kelef (Imp Can) - Sonia Nicholson

Reserve Best In Show - Bullmastiff - Ch Kugel Prince of Darkness - Q & Tracey Robinson

Open - Bernese Mountain Dog - Ch Alpinstolz Eyes To Envy - Lisa Hardegger

Veteran - Pyrenean Mountain Dog - Ch Montanhes Silver Bears - P Hancock, Jan Chaplin, Christine Houghton

NZ Bred - Bullmastiff - Ch Kugel Prince of Darkness - Q & Tracey Robinson

Intermediate - NZ Ch Summerford's All Fired Up Kelef (Imp Can) - Sonia Nicholson

Junior - Newfoundland - Miquelon Touch of Elegance - Kath & Ken Kelly

Novice – Bernese Mountain Dog - Schallenberg The Secrets Out - Elspeth Nicoll

Puppy - St Bernard - Deblyns Kung Fu Panda - Ray & Lynn Miller

Baby Puppy - Bernese Mountain Dog - Imagin Red Red Wine - Robyn, Nicky and Maureen Gadsdon

Congratulations to all winners.


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