INFINDIGO MAILAT ULLA JW
Ch Lecibsin Salo of TabanyaRuu JW ShCM x Infindigo Riemu Emmi ShCM
Date of birth 10 July 2015
|Ulla with her Best In Show Rosette & Cup - photo by Mark Treasure|
Occasionally a dog will come along who is extra-special in terms of showing. They will be a great example of the breed, sure, but they will also love being in the spotlight, have someone willing and able to train them to perform as expected, and someone to take them to shows. Lots of shows. I have had all of that with Ulla. She's a sweet-natured, high-energy, clever little sweetie-pie with owners who did a terrific job of training her and who are committed to keeping her fit and well groomed and are kind enough to let her be my showdog. And in my 15 years of owning, breeding and showing Finnish Lapphunds, she has given me most of my greatest thrills in the showring.
|NWPB July 2019|
My biggest and most exciting show win in 15 years of participating happened 2 days ago at the FL Club of GB champ show. In an entry of 91 dogs under one of our kindest, funniest, most entertaining and enjoyable judges ever, Mr Juha Kares from Finland, Ulla won Best in Show.
She first won her Limit class in tough competition. There was even a final, nail-biting run-off with the second place winner. She then went into the lineup against all the other bitch class winners. She was looking so good and moving so well that as I stood there I had a brief hope she just might get the Reserve CC. When the judge gave her the CC, I admit to being rather overwhelmed and tearing up a bit. The great roar from the spectators was incredibly moving. No one got a photo of my face at that moment, but one of the few clear memories I have is making the shocked-face emoji in real life with bugged-out eyes, open mouth and hands to face. Then this happened. I look just a bit thrilled, and it's so lovely to have these photos of that moment, thanks to Sally McKinlay.
|A bit excited about winning the Bitch Challenge Certificate|
|Sept 2017 - Photo by Adele Liu|
And then I stood outside the ring, still a little teary, accepting congratulations and watching, rather dazed, the challenge for Best Puppy in Show and Best Veteran in Show. I had recovered pretty well, and I thought I was holding it all together pretty well. But the thing that completely "did for me" (as I believe someone commented at the time) was Ulla's mum, Emmi, being awarded Best Veteran in Show. To do so, she had to beat the lovely Special Vintage Bitch and the top-winning Best Veteran Dog. Jane's face says it all!
|Infindigo Riemu Emmi ShCM, judge Juha Kares & Jane Treasure|
|Ch Lecibsin Salo of TabanyaRuu JW ShCM with Liz Mowatt|
|Ulla December 2017 - photo Thomas Hinchliffe|
Here are a few of Ulla's top wins in her career to date:
Reserve Best Bitch - Midland Counties - judge Helena Hutchings-Brooks
Reserve Challenge Certificate - Driffield - judge breed specialist Vikki Lloyd
Best of Breed - WELKS - judge Cath Moffat
Winner Special Beginners Stakes - WELKS - judge Joe Smith
Reserve Challenge Certificate - Birmingham National - judge Liz Cartledge
Best Opposite Sex - Midland Counties - judge Helen Gutteridge
Gave birth to 3 gorgeous puppies, the Sisko litter
1st Limit Bitch - Crufts - judge breed specialist Pat Patch
Best in Show - FL Club of GB - judge Juha Kares, Finland
|Just after judging finished|
At some point the full results should appear on the Club website here.
The judge gave Ulla the most lovely critique I've ever read... but I can't reprint it here until it has been published in the dog paper. Watch this space. But it said, among other things, that she was perfect and that he loved her. Well, who wouldn't!