Flinthill at Crufts
Crufts is definitely Flinthill's favourite show! Flinthill-bred dogs have won awards consistently over the past 11 years.
This year and last year, however, we did not attend as I was busy looking after puppies at home.
But in 2014, mum-to-be, Braithwaite Ever Thus at Flinthill (Evie) won second in junior bitch while the year before, proud papa, Flinthill Chocolate Thyme (Mr Woof) was VHC in a strong limit class of 15 dogs out of an entry of 260 pointers.
At Crufts 2012, Jane Dolman's Flinthill Golden Thyme (Goldie) handled by Flo, was second in a strong yearling bitch class under judge John Evans. Barbara's Sh Ch Flinthill Forget Me Not (Tia) was second to the RCC winner in open bitch and Flinthill Chocolate Thyme (Mr Woof) won VHC in his big yearling class.
In 2011, Barbara Tia not only won her mid limit class under gundog specialist Frank Kane but was awarded the bitch RCC out of an entry of more than 250 pointers. Our own Flinthill Daisychain won her strong postgraduate class and we were particularly proud that the final run-off for the RCC was between the two sisters.
Tia won Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts 2010 under pointer specialist Aidine Howes while Daisy and her brother Flinthill Monty Don were in the winning line-up for their classes.
In 2008, their mother, Sh Ch Flinthill Wild Thyme JW, won postgraduate bitch, the biggest class of the day, under pointer specialist Julia Organ. Her kennelmate, Flinthill Jenny Wren, won third place in a strong junior bitch class.
Thyme, like her daughter Tia, has also won the accolade Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts. She was awarded this in 2007 under pointer specialist Fran Barr.
In 2005, Thyme's mother, Wherathy Peters Present at Flinthill (Cleo) won her mid limit class under pointer specialist Ron Twyman while Cleo's son, Flinthill Sun King (Max) was third in puppy dog.
And Cleo's mother, Ch Calderside Love in a Mist at Wherathy, owned and handled by Helga Edmondson, was best veteran and Best of Breed, repeating her success four years earlier in 2001 when she went on to win the gundog group.
Previously at Crufts