Judges 2012

Mrs Anne Foxwell (Auldmoor) - Dogs

My love of the breed started when as a child I would spend my school holidays in Cornwall at my Aunt & Uncles farm, they bred and showed Great Danes, mostly of Ouborough breeding. I would spend hours walking the quiet country lanes with these gentle giants as my constant companions.

When I retired from an International cycling career I thought it was time I had a dog, naturally a Great Dane was the only choice and being competitive showing followed. I was very lucky to purchase an Oldmanor puppy from Rev and Olive Davies, she became a champion winning BIS at the Working Breed Championship show in those days Pastoral was included and I recall that some 40 breeds competed, quite a day making my first champion and winning BIS under the late Cathy Sutton, Ch Oldmanor Manthem of Auldmoor became my foundation bitch and is behind all today’s Auldmoor’s.

I later imported a bitch from Ulla Magnusson’s Airways kennels, having had success when breeding Manthem to Margaret Everton’s Airways Wrangler of Impton, later I paid my first visit the the Great Dane Club of America’s National Specialty and particularly impressed with the heads and movement, I imported a male from the Honey Lanes kennel and a bitch from the Von Graff, later I took a bitch out to Donna Crane, Pat Zator & Mimi Graff who became No 1 Great Dane for 2 consecutive years Am. Ch Auldmoor’s Almost an Angel was also a BIS all breeds winner, both her brothers became champions, A.Al Capones for the Oscarrsons in Sweden and Ace of Spies for myself. I have been very lucky with the dogs I have exported, their owners have campaigned them well to enable me to become the breeder of champions on 4 continents, 3 of which have become BIS all breeds winners.

I have been very fortunate to have judged in many countries and enjoyed meeting other breeders of this wonderful breed, judging Great Danes at ‘Crufts’ was probably the highlight of my career and later the very prestigious Dane of the Year show, I look forward to judging at the Great Dane Breeders and Owners show with my son Jeff .

Mr Jeff Horswell (Auldmoor/Drakesleat - Bitches

Jeff has been going to dog shows from an early age. It all started when his mother (Ann Foxwell) having decided that a Great Dane was the ideal breed for a family pet, and they decided to go along to a local show.

A ‘show’ Dane followed and the Auldmoor Great Dane kennel has gone on to produce a steady stream of Champions, starting with Ch Oldmanor Manthem of Auldmoor. Jeff handled Ch Auldmoor’s American Honey to her title and BIS at the Dane of the Year Show.

Jeff decided to have Miniature Wire Dachshunds as his own breed. 22 Min Wire Champions have been made up by him, including 3 Crufts BOB winners and 4 group winners.

Jeff has always had an interest in many breeds, and has also made up a Greyhound Champion and 2 Field Spaniel Show Champions, along with winning RCCs with a Basenji and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.

He has a separate interest in the Drakesleat prefix, which has made up over 120 UK Champions.

Jeff first judged in 1982, and first awarded CCs in 1989, to Wire & Min Wire Dachshunds. He judged Min Wires at Crufts in 2000, his first Hound Group in 2000 and BIS in 2003. Jeff is approved to award CCs in breeds across all 7 groups, and the Working, Pastoral, Hound and Terrier Groups.

Miss ANN MERWICK (Saalan) - Special Awards Event Dogs

I grew up with racing greyhounds as my dad used to train and race them and I spent a lot of time at race meetings. When I decided to go to University I told my dad that I was going to get a Great Dane eventually and his response was "Why do you want one of those as they are not proper working dogs?" I have never been able to convince him to attend a dog show.

Whilst at University I bought a copy of the Kennel Gazette and wrote to all of the Great Dane breeders listed explaining who I was and asking for a job for the summer to learn about the breed. I ended up working for Mrs Nellie Ennals who at the time had Fawns, Blues, Blacks and Harlequins.This was in 1990. She was very good to me and I learned a lot and she also phoned up other Great Dane breeders and took me to see their kennels and Danes. These ranged from Hobby breeders to people who bred for a business and to boarding kennels who also showed Great Danes. It was fascinating!! Mrs Ennals was a character and I still miss her today. She would tell stories about struggling to save the Danes during WWII and common problems that she saw with the Blendon Great Danes and how she visited the Ouborough kennels but did not like it.

All together I have been involved with Great Danes for 21 years. Whilst in my final year at University I found somebody who showed Great Danes and I exercised them free of charge in return for lifts to dog shows.

I try to attend as many educational events and seminars as I can and I attended the first Judges seminar that the MWEGDC did in 1994. I have completed the requirements of a Judge that the KC requires---the Conformation and Movement(2000) , the requirements of a dog show judge(2000) and the Judges assessment course(2001).
Three generations of my Danes have had their stud book numbers and I have previously won the premier league and been third in the superleague with CH.Drumview in Power at Saalan.

At one point I went upto eight Great Danes and living by myself and juggling that number of Danes (they were all house dogs) and with work commitments something had to give and as a consequnce for a few years I did very little showing. The current youngster that I show Saalan Show and Go is the Great Great Grand -daughter of one of my foundations and the Great Grand -daughter of the other one.

Miss Joane Flanagan (Soupury) - Special Awards Event Bitches

I was first introduced into showing world in 1988 aged 11 with our first family Great Dane a fawn, then shortly after we added to the family with a Drumview bitch from Mickey Ramsey.

I started with just the junior handling and KCJO classes but then progressed on into the breed classes, I experienced success in both areas qualifying for the junior handling finals at Richmond and Crufts until the age on 16.

We then breed our first family Dane litter in 1991 under the Johnswood affix and the bug bit and has continued ever since. I registered the Soupury affix in 2005 (with my Mum) and had our first litter in May 2005 which produced a Crufts class winner, RCC winner and 3 stud book numbers.

I currently have 8 Great Danes, varying in age and colour form 9 months to 9 years I have Fawn, Brindle, Black and Harlequins. I have been a committee member of the East Of England Great Dane club since 2007 and will hopefully continue to serve and love our wonderful breed. I have passed all the current judging courses and seminars and look forward to my forth coming judging appointment. Finally I would like thank The Great Dane Breeders & Owners for this judging opportunity.

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