None more so than Flint (Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro). After a flurry of good wins in the spring, he went to East of England (see picture) and came home with the RCC under Gavin Robertson, who wrote "Compact dog with lovely balance, blunt wedge shaped head, neat ears, moderate angles, lovely topline with high set tail, free easy sidegait, lovely rear, nice type with bright future."
As it happened, that bright future wasn't far away. At the Houndshow the following month, he went one better, winning the CC under Finnish judge Leila Karkas, who wrote "Excellent type, lovely head and expression, good construction, topline and tail. Excellent body and bone. Moves well. Balanced good working dog, CC." To win such an award under a Scandinavian judge was a huge honour and her comments testify that Grasilva is producing Norwegian elkhounds that are true to type and able to perform the function for which they were bred.
Flint's siblings also performed well in the ring. Mason (Grasilva Eric's Gift) took home some Hound Group placings and a Reserve Best in Show at Open Shows. Sister Etta (Grasilva Faithfulness), ably handled by young owner Lucy Cullen, set about learning her craft and on the way scooped up several wins, including 1st in Junior Bitch at Driffield. I think Lucy may now have been bitten by the showbug! Meanwhile, Bryony's own Tia (Grasilva Silver Vine) rivalled Flint's impressive record with some nice wins of her own in Junior and Post Graduate classes. Watch out for your sister, Flint, she's creeping up on the rails!