English Dog Show, Ranelagh Club


Country Life Illustrated, June 17th 1899

Of all spots in which to hold a dog show, the beautiful grounds of the Ranelagh Club are quite the most perfect. Opinions are unanimous on this point. The committee were fortunate in having these grounds lent to them for the occasion, through the influence of Her Grace the Duchess of Newcastle, who is president of the show. That the affair was a brilliant success is a matter of congratulation to all concerned. The Hon Secretary, Mr. Hood Wright, and Hon. Director, Mr. C. Cruft, worked very hard. Mr. Hood Wright was here, there, and everywhere, lending a willing ear to every one.   [excerpted]

But I must now leave the vanities of the flesh and get me to the judging rings, where the judging went on right merrily. The show was held under Kennel Club Rules, and consisted of wolf, deer, and boar hounds. Mr. E.A. Shirley judged the Borzois, and a very conscientious judge he made. It is a pleasure to watch a man judging when his heart is in his work; and while not wasting time, he noted every point of the dogs very carefully. In the open class for dogs, the Duchess of Newcastle carried off, with her beautiful Champion Velsk, the club’s 25-guinea challenge cup, and the silver cup presented by Mrs. Horsfall. Mr. S. Smith’s Michael was second, and Velasquez third.

It is sad to record the death of that grand old dog, Champion Golub. He was entered by his mistress, though not for competition, with the rest of her kennel of Borzois, but died shortly after being removed from his travelling box, no doubt from the intense heat. There will be one champion the less to return to Clumber.

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                                                             THE BORZOI RING: BUSY JUDGING

In the limit class, Miss A.M. Carless took first with Oscar Michael, and the special given by the Ladies’ Field for the best novice dog. Her Grace of Newcastle took second with Nagradjdai III, better known to his friends as Nags. The latter gentleman strongly disapproves of dog shows; he thinks Clumber is quite good enough for him, and he doesn’t mind if he never goes to Ranelagh again. Nags is a house dog, and a special favourite of the Duchess. He only consented to appear at Ranelagh to support the show, as he heard it was a case of all hands to the front, and he was assured before leaving Clumber that Her Grace or Lady Noreen Hastings would “valet” him the whole time. Nags is a dog who will have nothing to do with kennelmen. The Misses H. and A. Arnold’s Lofki took third in this class. In the novice class for dogs Mr. A. Blook took a reserve, and the special given by the Duchess for the best dog or bitch sired by one of the Clumber Stud dogs, with Altoft Boris. This dog is by Champion Velsk out of Champion Tsaritsa. Oscar Michael was first, Mrs. Borman’s Khan second, and Mr. N. Kilvert’s Vologda third.

In the open class for bitches Champion Tsaritsa carried off her seventieth first prize, with the Borzoi Club’s silver challenge cup, and the silver cup given by the Ranelagh Club to the best Borzoi in the show; Zairka was second, and Mrs. Borman’s Starlight third. Mrs. Hood Wright took very highly recommended and reserve with Selwood Olga. In the limit bitches Mr. N. Kilvert took first and five specials with Knoeas, one of the specials being the special prize of £1 1s. given by the proprietors of the Ladies’ Field for the best bitch in that class; Zairka was second, and Starlight third. In novices Knoeas was first, Theaodora second, and Miss M.T. Haple’s Gyda third. In the maiden class Knoeas was first, Theaodora second, and Mrs. Kindell’s Vazerki third.

Her Grace the Duchess of Newcastle took the silver cup in the leash class; she also took the stud dog prize and the breeder’s prize, only open to members of the Borzoi Club. Mrs. Young had three dogs there. Grand Duke Konstantine was shown in the limit class; Grand Duchess Neva and Czarina Lubedka both were commended.

















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