On the same day as the AGM, Tia (Grasilva Silver Vine) was awarded Best Bitch in the new Special Yearling category at the NECGB Contest of Champions, which was judged this year by Mike Caple.
At the end of February, the Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain held its annual AGM, where the points trophies for the top winning dogs of 2017 were awarded.
The elkhounds of Grasilva and their connections went home with many awards. In the category for most wins in Junior classes, Mya (Grasilva Cruggleton With Laakso) was awarded the Ranild of Barlestone Junior Shield. She also won the Ch Marta Salver for the most points in Post Graduate classes.
Siri (Am Ch Kamgaard Kiamesha) was the runner up Brood Bitch of the Year. Her son, Flint (Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW), was awarded the Celia Tomlinson Trophy for most wins in Limit classes.
Tanja Mortimer's Ch Laakso's Lone Ranger was awarded the Fourwents Stud Dog Trophy for the most points won by his offspring in all competition over the year. He is the sire of Mya's recent litter. Mya's sire, SBIS Ch/Am Gr Ch/Can Ch Kamgaard Kut Above was named as the top-winning veteran of 2017, so I think that you can safely say that the litter were truly bred in the purple.
Flint (Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW) won his second CC at Manchester under Mark Cocozza, topping it off with Best of Breed.
2018 is going to be an exciting year. Flint's daughter Xyla will be making her debut in the spring. In Wales, Mya (Grasilva Cruggleton With Laakso) was safely delivered of her first litter of four dogs and two bitches last week. The sire is Ch Laakso Lone Ranger, a well-known and highly regarded stud dog. Enquiries via the contact details on the Puppies page. Some of this litter should make their debut in the ring in the autumn. The young adult dogs continue to mature, surely only just now coming to their best. With some wonderful wins behind them already, look for more exciting results as the show season gets going.
At Midland Counties, Tanja Mortimer's Grasilva Cruggleton With Laakso was awarded her second RCC by breed specialist Margaret Deuchar. Mya is still only 21 months old.
One show potential male is still available from the recent litter sired by Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW. 'Harry' (see below) is 9 weeks old and ready for his new home. Please see the Puppies page for contact details.
Congratulations to Flint (Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW) on the arrival of 3 dogs and 1 bitch today. The dam is Brighton (Gilkaro Tinc My Belle).
The photo (taken a few weeks later) proves that Flint is very much a modern, hands on parent....
Maggie Mott of the renowned Kamgaard Norwegian Elkhounds in the US judged the Houndshow. The winner of the CC and BOB (and with it, her title) was Nyx (Grasilva Gee's Quest). Nyx is the second homebred Champion for the kennel.
Maggie's critique read "Certainly not a "glamour girl" but an individual of correct type. Not a big bitch, but so soundly constructed, in total balance and displaying a beautiful light and effortless movement. Watching her move around the ring, my thoughts were "she could go all day on the hunt and never tire." A tight weatherproof jacket topped it all off. A very worthy CC and BOB winner as well as a new Ch title."
Other individuals from the kennel also won well at the show. Flint (Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW) chalked up yet another RCC; Flint's siblings Mason (Grasilva Eric's Gift), Etta (Grasilva Faithfulness) and Tia (Grasilva Silver Vine) all won classes, with Tia being considered for higher honours.
Not to be outdone by the youngsters from the kennel, Ren (Strom Footloose For Grasilva (Imp)) strutted his stuff at Bath and came home with CC and BOB and Robin Searle. To top a very successful day, he was later shortlisted in the Group under Sue Ergis, representing the breed admirably.
Ren's critique read "DCC & BOB, Gray's Strom Footloose For Grasilva. Square outline, very sound, free mover, excellent temperament, hard muscular condition. No exaggerations, using ears well. Quality." which we think sums him up very well.
The video for the Hound Group can be viewed below.
Just a few weeks after his win at the NECGB Championship Show, Flint (Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW) added to his tally by winning the RCC at Birmingham National under Jeff Horswell.
The NECGB Championship Show was judged by Anne MacDonald and dogs from the kennel were again placed highly.
On her first time out for several months, Nyx (Grasilva Gee's Quest) was awarded the RCC in bitches and later returned to win the challenge for Reserve Best in Show. RCC in dogs was Flint (Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW). The main photo (taken by Tom King) captures Nyx taking a lap of honour at the end of judging.
The photos below show Siri (Am Ch Kamgaard Kiamesha) on her way to winning the Brood Bitch class, with son Flint in hot pursuit. The second photo shows Mason (Grasilva Eric's Gift), another from Siri's litter, who was also placed, as was sibling Etta (Grasilva Faithfulness), who won Novice Bitch. Sister Tia (Grasilva Silver Vine) won the Yearling Bitch class.
The elkhounds of Grasilva travelled north for the Norwegian Elkhound Association of Scotland Open Show. Basking in the warmth of an unusually clement spring day at the Royal Highland Showground, the Grasilva Team enjoyed a very successful day in the sunshine.
Judged by Tanja Mortimer (Laakso), the main results of the show were as follows.
Best In Show & Best Dog - Tress & Gilluleys Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW
Reserve Best In Show, Best Opposite Sex & Best Bitch - Gray & McHugh's Am Ch Kamgaard Kiamesha
Reserve Best Bitch - Gray's Grasilva Silver Vine
Reserve Best Dog & Best Veteran In Show - Horner, Simmonds & Mott's Am Gr Ch/Can Ch Kamgaard Kut Above
Best Puppy - Lee's' Skogly's VL Ankerbrua Aftonlee.
The image above shows Siri (on the left with the rosette for RBIS) with her winning offspring, Flint (behind with his BIS rosette) and Tia (on the right with her rosette for RBB).
Bryony Gray is the owner (some might say slave) of the Grasilva Norwegian elkhounds.