Oh my goodness, we are still in shock, our lovely Fleur took Group 3 in the Gundog Group last weekend at the Three Counties Championship Show. It was such a long day and we so nearly didn’t stay for the Group, as the Breed judging was finished by 1.30, but in a minority breed it s always good to represent the breed at Group level.
We were so lucky with the weather, as rain threatened all day but we managed to have all the breeds judged outside on the lovely Malvern showground, however just before the Group was called, the Heavens opened so we had to adjourn to the agricultural sheds.
We finally got into the Group ring at about 5.30 p.m., and our judge – Mrs Julia Iles-Hibbert – set about judging all the Best of Breed winners at a good pace. We were thrilled when she pulled us out into the final 8 dogs, for her further consideration, then – oh goodness, we were pulled out third in the Group!! We were jumping around for joy, it is so rare that an Irish Red and White Setter gets a Group placing, and it is usually a dog, not a bitch, so double celebrations!
We finally got home at about 9 p.m., totally exhausted but still floating on a cloud and Fleur had a long drink of water and then took off around the field with the rest of her gang, checking for pheasant activity in her absence!!
What an amazing day, one we will never forget!