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.
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).
Grasilva had a good day at the NECGB AGM and Contest of Champions yesterday. Actually, the youngsters from the kennel pretty much swept the board in the relevant categories at both! Firstly, the points trophies were awarded for wins over the course of 2016. Mya (Grasilva Cruggleton With Laakso), owned by Tanja Mortimer was confirmed as the top-winning Norwegian elkhound puppy of 2016. She is by SBIS Am Gr Ch/Can Ch Kamgaard Kut Above out of Ch Grasilva Gwendoline Mary. Flint (Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW), bred by Bryony Gray and Vanessa McHugh and owned by Alan and Helen Tress and Katherine Gilluley, had to make do with the trophy for top male puppy - but then he was out of puppy by the end of last April. However, he was also confirmed as the top points-winning male Norwegian elkhound in the UK in 2016!
Top brood bitch in the UK (based on points won by offspring over the course of the year) was Flint's mother, Siri (Am Ch Kamgaard Kiamesha), co-owned by Bryony Gray and Vanessa McHugh.
Later in the day and at the same venue, the Contest of Champions took place, and this time, Flint came out on top as the Puppy of the Year, with litter sister, Bryony's own Tia (Grasilva Silver Vine), chosen as Puppy Bitch of the Year. Flint was also the winning male in the Stud Book Challenge.
Sincere thanks to the judge, Robert Greaves, for the awards at the Contest, and to the organisers for such an enjoyable day.
New Year, new win. Flint was awarded BOB and Group 3 at Coventry Ladies Kennel Society under Anthony Oakden on January 1.
Mya (Grasilva Cruggleton With Laakso) finished a very successful puppy career at LKA with not only Best Puppy, but also her first RCC, awarded by judge Vivien Phillips (Debucher).
Many congratulations to Mya and her human mum, Tanja Mortimer, on this exciting win. Keep an eye out for this young girl. She's turning out to be a stunner!
There was more success for Flint on 3rd December, when he went Reserve Best in Show at the Hound Club of East Anglia Open Show.
Exciting news came at the end of November, in the form of confirmation that Flint had achieved his Junior Warrant. He will now be known as Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro JW.
He is the first male Norwegian elkhound since 2008 to be awarded this title by the Kennel Club. It is probably the hardest title to attain in the breed these days, as there must be 3 dogs in each of the qualifying classes and there is a time limit on a dog's eligibility for the award - they must be between 6 and 18 months of age at the time of the class wins. The poor registrations in recent years have had a negative impact on the number of young dogs in the lower classes, and it has been all but impossible to achieve the title. A young bitch belonging to another exhibitor attained her JW just a few weeks before Flint (congratulations to her also), so hopefully this is a sign of a resurgence in numbers. Of course, where there are at least 3 dogs in the class, you do still need to have an exhibit that is good enough to take the others on and beat them!
Bryony Gray is the owner (some might say slave) of the Grasilva Norwegian elkhounds.