The Club’s Aim is to promote in a positive way the breeding and showing of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier to the Breed Standard as set out by The Kennel Club. To educate it’s members in the training, breeding, showing and all aspects of owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Club holds three shows every year starting with the Open Show in January. The beginning of April sees the big event of the calendar, the Championship Show where Challenge Certificates are awarded to the top winning Dog and Bitch. Finally in October we hold a second Open Show,
The Club runs a handling/training class principally to introduce and educate people who are new to the Breed in the ways of the show scene, how to enter and show your dog and train your puppy in how to get the best out of him/her. The Training Class is usually held twice a month on a midweek evening.
The Club’s AGM is held in January where Officers and Committee are elected, the accounts for the previous year are presented, Judges are selected for forthcoming shows and any proposals on the agenda are discussed.
The Club organises educational events in line with the Kennel Club requirements for Judges, although these are of general interest to everybody in the Breed. Finally the Club occasionally arranges social events and fund raising for Stafford Rescue schemes.
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Open Show 13th October 2019
Judge Wayne Jackson (Jackabyte)
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Entries close 20th September for postal; 29th September for on-line
Les Aspin – long standing NW Member
The North West took the opportunity at the NW Champ show held on April 7th 2019 to recognise Les’ achievements and service to the NW and commemorate his membership record of 70 years, a record in itself.
Les joined the NWSBTC 70 years ago in 1949 when he was just 16 years old with the Club itself in its infancy having been formed three years earlier in 1946.
His determination and effort to acquire a quality bitch resulted in Les being able to breed a Champion more or less straight off – this in 1951 – Ch Lady Of Barnfield (campaigned to her crown by owner June Horsfall in 1955).
In the mid 60’s Les joined the NW committee for the first time and again in the mid 70’s and has served on committee right through to the present day, having been President as well as Chairman and Vice Chairman for many years.
During the period – 70’s to 90’s Les bred five more Champions under the Scarthwaite affix; perhaps the best known was Ch Scarthwaite Coachman.
I believe that Les took to judging Staffords like a duck to water – he’s completed 24 CC appointments in SBT’s in the UK and has judged all over the world.
Les’ interest went beyond Staffords and he took on all the terrier breeds and is a Terrier Group Judge.
To celebrate this auspicious occasion the NW presented Les with a framed picture of Les with two of his Champions, engraved glassware and a hand made leather belt, courtesy of Geoff Boote.
That’s Les Aspin,
a Stafford legend.
Following on from the presentation to Les it had previously been arranged that Audrey Hubery in her capacity as Secretary of Stafford Welfare (the National body which allocates funds to regional rescues) was to make a presentation to Barbara Green recognising her massive contribution to Stafford Rescue in the North – 40 years service and in excess of 4000 dogs in need of finding a new home.
As part of this gesture Barbara was presented with crystal glass bowl and vase from Stafford Welfare, by Club Chairman Tec Norton, in Audrey’s absence (recovering from a long day judging at the National Terrier the previous day).
That’s Barbara Green
Latest news, upcoming events and NW members exploits
New Champion for NW member
(and fifth one in 2019)
Another triumph for Liz & Paul Stanway and another Champion to their name with their bitch (now) Ch Stormfire Crack The Code at Waystaff winning her third CC at the WKC 2019, under judge Dave Levy.
Pictured here is Liz with Lesa winning her second CC at the East Midlands show last year (under Marie Morris).
This bitch was imported from Spain and was bred by Clara Blanch – she had the good fortune to use Liz’s dog as the sire (of Lesa) – Waystaff What A Cracker.
The SBT Annual 2018 is available from Bev Harrison:-
New Champion for NW member
What a roller coaster ride for Paul Murray – his young dog Cinfel Melodies Tailor was awarded his third CC at the Potteries show in July 2019 – so now it is Ch Cinfel Melodies Tailor from now on.
Pictured here is Paul with his dog and the Judge (at the Potteries) Kay Aspin, President of the NWSBTC
It has to be said that the Murrays were on the fringe of the dog show scene until four months ago and then it all started with a CC at the NW; a second at Birmingham National by judge Paul Wilkinson, pictured below
Roller coaster, helter skelter, whatever, it’s propelled Paul into the thick of things and what a fantastic advert for the breed when someone can just win like this from nowhere.
A great result for NW member Debbie McCarron-Tuer with her Dog Elitebull Supermoon at the East Anglian club Ch show on 7th July 2019 – she only won the Reserve CC under Judge Toni Holt – this is Debbie’s first encounter with a major award – she was over the (super) moon.
The Club held a very successful seminar – Requirements of a Dog Show Judge – on 14th July 2019 – this was presented by Christina Chapman, a KC Accredited Trainer.
The basic format was a presentation (over three hours) by Christina, followed by a multi choice examination.
The Club is happy to say that everyone passed the exam and Christina remarked that the candidates scored more than she normally sees, with some achieving 100%.
Note – all judges are required to have passed this seminar within the last five years (at the moment) although Judges who are doing refresher exams can do so on-line (on the KC Academy).
The event was held at the Mather Room, Leigh (our Open show venue)
Pictured above is Christina at the Opening of the event by Club Chairman Tec Norton; with the onlooking assembled candidates.
Pictured below at the finish are all the candidates with their certificates.
From 2019 the KC require Breed clubs to support local General Canine Society Open Shows – the latter will schedule the breed concerned, the Breed clubs are free to provide support in terms of cash for rosettes, prizes, etc and have a say in the choice of judge.
The North West is to support the SBT classes for Manchester Sporting Terrier at it’s two shows per year.
A major shake up at the Kennel Club has resulted in the proposed introduction of the Judges Competency Framework (the JCF) in 2019 being put on hold, pending a KC internal review (announced in June 2019).
Since then (July 2019) a review panel has been assembled in order to carry out an intensive investigation into the (now) proposed JCF consisting of around 15 people selected as representatives of show interest groups eg. exhibitors, show organisers, judges, etc. Included amongst these is Alan Hedges in his role as a KC Accredited Trainer although I dare say he will have something to say on all aspects of the JCF.
Details of the JCF and other KC initiatives introduced over the last couple of years can be found by clicking on the KC logo below
Breed Council Meeting
March 30th 2019
The NW proposal to use KC guidelines for judges aspiring to A2/A3 list levels was essentially accepted at this meeting.
However there was some confusion concerning the number of Breed club shows required with the newly introduced Breed Club Supported shows now in the mix – this to be clarified at the next BC meeting (in Nov 2019).
So the criteria (note the numbers of classes and dogs judged is significantly less reflecting the SBT’s status as a Band D breed, changed from Band E in January 2019) for achieving A2/A3 status is as follows:-
1.To have a minimum of seven years experience of judging the Breed (up to the date of any CC appointment, if applicable)
2.To have judged at two Breed Club shows, to include both sexes (this element is subject to change at Nov 2019 – see note above)
3.To have judged a minimum of 60 classes (actual).
4.To have judged a minimum of 160 dogs (actual).
5.To have bred and/or owned a minimum of three dogs when they obtained their first entry in the KC Stud Book, save in exceptional circumstances.
6.To have stewarded at a minimum of 12 shows – Open or Ch shows
7.To have attended a seminar given by a KC accredited trainer and passed the relevant examination on the Requirements of a Dog Show Judge.
8.To have attended a seminar given by a KC accredited trainer on Conformation and Movement
9.To have attended and passed a Points of a Dog assessment conducted by a KC accredited trainer
10.To have attended at least one Breed specific seminar run in accordance with KC Code of Best Practice and passed an examination/assessment where applicable.
Please note – if any B list judges (SBT breed specialists) consider themselves qualified for A3 or A2 status (you still need to be assessed three times whilst judging at Breed club and Breed Club Supported General show(s) in order to progress from A3 to A2) the North West is willing to submit applications to the KC for either A3 or A2 status.
New Champion for NW member
A week after winning the CC at Paignton with their Tillcarr Fire Coanda, Martin & Karen Johnson marched on to Bournemouth to take the CC there as well, under judge Pete Hopgood, to complete a spectacular run of wins – this latest was his third, so another Champion for these NW members, their 7th, all home bred, plus one other that they own!!!
Going back to Paignton it wasn’t just the dog that won, their top winning bitch Ch Tillcarr Baptism Of Fire also won the CC there under judge Jackie Smart, an amazing double for Team Tillcarr.
The bitch went BOB (and later Group 3), all are pictured below. (photo Debbie Desmond, thank you)
Debbie Desmond’s Ch Elitebulls Challenger came second in the Open class at Paignton (to the dog above) and was awarded the RCC, keeping this dog in touch with winning ways.
New Champion for NW member
At the Notts & Derby Champ show (July 2019) Gem Rowe’s bitch Illori Believe In Me was awarded her third CC, under judge Andy Land, so Paul Murray’s Ch Cinfel Melodies Tailor was the latest Champion for 24 hours!!
Pictured here is Gem (and her dog) with the three judges who awarded the CC’s – Andy Land (on the day), Elaine Norton at the SCCA show in June 2019 and on the right Kevin Tittley at this show (N&D) last year.
This must be Gem’s lucky show, she won the Best Puppy with this bitch in 2017.
And pictured below at the SCCA are Elaine and Gem with Ilori Believe In Me with her second CC.
At the SCCA show Elaine also awarded the Dog RCC to Gem’s Illori Akinlana so not a bad day for Gem.
At the same show Elaine gave the Dog ticket to Debbie Desmond’s Ch Elitebulls Challenger – his third CC this year, eight altogether.
We also had another NW winner – the bitch RCC – it must be worth a mention as it came from the Minor Puppy Bitch class and that was Ray & Jan Wilson’s Elitebull Elysian Dream at Kalverin.
Ray’s still in shock.
New Champion for NW member
Breaking news from Scotland – first of all at the SKC (May 2019) show under judge Derek Lewis Joemikeste Play The Game was awarded her third CC – tremendous result for NW Committee member Vicki Butler and husband Dave.
Congratulations – join the NW Champions Club – here they are after winning their second CC at the SBT Club last year.
At the same show the Dog CC went to Club Members Martin & Karen Johnson with their Tillcarr Fire Coanda, a first CC (with BOB) for him and no longer in the shadow of his big hitting sister Ch Tillcarr Baptism Of Fire.
This is him here winning the RCC at the Scottish Club show on the Sunday under judge Bev Harrison.
The brilliant news continues again at the Scottish Club show with another first CC, this time for Bellarouge Adonis At Fergiestaffs (Theo), owners Andy and Linzi Mayren – NW committee members (Andy, anyway).
A fairly unique double for Wayne & Karon Jackson at these two Scottish shows – awarded Best Puppy at both shows with Jackabyte Bocouture (pictured below) – something special for this kennel after winning the CC with half sister Jackabyte Miss Moneypenny at Morecambe Bay two weeks earlier.
What a weekend
What’s more and only a week later Andy Mayren collected a second CC for Theo – Bellarouge Adonis at Fergiestaffs – at the Western club show under breed specialist Helen Wall, not a bad couple of weeks for the Mayrens – pictured below is Andy receiving the treasured green card from the judge.
Ch Tillcarr Baptism Of Fire (Belka) has continued where she left off in 2018 going into 2019 with four more CC’s to add to the 5 gained in 2018.
Her latest win was at the Paignton show in August 2019. Pictured here is Belka winning the CC at Merseyside (under new judge Karen Waltham) with owner/breeders Martin & Karen Johnson.
The next day as reported above Jackabyte Miss Moneypenny won the Bitch CC at Morecambe Bay – judge Kevin Brown.
North West Champ Show 2019
The Dog CC under judge Bill McKnight went to new NW member Paul Murray (from Arlecdon, Cumbria) with his young dog Cinfel Melodies Tailor, bred by Paul’s mum, Pamela.
Here he is at the moment of receiving the CC – what a day for this young man, well done. (This dog has won two more CC’s since the NW – see left hand column)
The Bitch CC under judge Sarah Hemstock went to Kim Andre Madsen’s Ckstaffs Adventure Made Sunshine for the second year running and a third one in the bargain making her into a UK Champion.
This is a Norwegian dog and is handled by Cecilie Johansen (pictured below) who travels over from Norway with Sandra Holme (affix Goldstaffs) who also made up a dog (in 2018) so between them they have 7 CC’s and two Champions, created in only 4 or 5 visits to the UK.
Dog RCC went to Ch Luthais Its Hammertime with Westbull, owned by Joe & Tracy Thomson, from Scotland; breeder Angie & Ian Isles.
Bitch RCC went to owner/breeder Mark Marshall’s Marstaff True Grit
Best Puppy went to Patrick Gabel’s RNB of Spirit-Staff’s (from Germany)
Best Veteran went to Harry & Mary Coble’s Surestaff Valentina
This show was sponsored by Pero – specialist complete dog food for Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Leigh Plumbing – suppliers of bathrooms and accessories.
For a full report with critiques and photos follow this link:-
Sad news for all in the North West – many will remember Len Devine – we are sorry to have to say Len passed away last Friday (17th May) 2019.
Len was in partnership with his son Jim and under the affix Lendevs they were well known on the show scene both in the ring and at the ringside, sometimes in the bar.
Len’s biggest claim to fame was the breeding of Ch Lendevs Dark Star of Barnard, a record breaker at the time – the early 90’s.
Len was one of the nicest people we were lucky enough to know.
Condolences to Jimmy, Maureen and family.
R. I. P. Len
The funeral was held on the 3rd June 2019
NW Open Show
Judge Steve Simpson
Click on this photo to access the Show report, photos of placings down to second place (and even some thirds) plus the main winners which were:-
BIS – Kelly Wilson’s Northstaff Notorious (photo above);
RBIS & Best Bitch Chris Mudd’s Chiswelstaff Jean Genie:
Best Puppy Karon & Wayne Jackson’s Jackabyte Bocouture;
Reserve Best Dog Glyn Major’s Maxsta Floyd Lord Of The Went;
Reserve Best Bitch Michel Moureu-Laarrang’s Fr Ch I Need Your Money Du Clan ‘Molotov
News of NW AGM 2019
This was held on the 27th January 2019 with 28 people in attendance at the Mather Room, Leigh.
The Chairman, Archie Bryden’s opening remarks were prefaced by a tribute to Alan Ramsden (below) who sadly passed away recently.
Alan was the Club’s Show Manager for many years and carried out this role in a very professional way to the highest of standards.
There is a couple of significant changes to the Club executive – after 25 years in the job Archie chose this time to retire from the Chairman job – the incoming new Chairman is no stranger to these pages Tec Norton, who relinquishes the position of Publicity Officer to Elaine Norton.
The Club welcomes two new faces on to the Committee – Bryn and Julie Allsopp, also no strangers to this page as they are the owners of Ch Rubericla Trailbreaker, made up to Champion last summer.
Otherwise the Officers and Committee remain the same as in 2018.
Geoff and Eleanor Boote (Membership Secretary and Show Secretary, respectively) were elected to be Life Vice Presidents of the Club, in recognition of their long service to the Club.
A proposition was passed at the meeting to adopt the KC Criteria concerning the number of dogs that judges are required (to have judged) to get on to the A3 list.
Judges elected for the two 2020 Open shows are David Cartwright (on January 19th) and Vicki Butler (on October 25th)
The rescue of Staffordshire Bull Terriers in this area is down to Barbara Green, part of the national rescue organisation Stafford Welfare – see below.
In addition there is a second rescue group – Northern SBT Rescue, based in Cumbria – under the auspices of Bob Whittall and Anna Murray
The North West wholeheartedly supports Rescue and we would like to bring to the attention of Club members the organisation in the UK as a whole – Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare.
This is a centrally based body that principally supports the various regional rescues in money raising schemes and provides a wider network of potential homes for the dogs.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare are also very concerned that Staffords are neutered when not required for breeding purposes (all rescues are neutered anyway) and will financially support any owner to achieve this if the latter is unable to do so themselves – see flyer right.
For more on NW Rescue, Stafford Welfare & Northern SBT Rescue click on the above photo left
The North West Training Class – Little Lever Working Men’s Club
We are in the Cotterill Suite – this is around the back – turn into Heywood Street off Victoria Rd, then first Left into Nelson Street – the car park is on the left at the end of the street – see link to map
Activities start at 7.30
There is a bar on – all are most welcome with or without your dog
Next class Tuesday 20th August 2019
Flo Latham – Life Vice President – celebrates her 100th birthday
Today the 26th August 2017 a party was organised to celebrate this (increasingly regular) event – at Flo’s home in Burnage, Manchester. Around 50 people attended, mainly family which included Flo’s daughter Sandra Bailey, a former Show Secretary for the North West (in the early 70’s).
Representing the Club was our Chairman Archie Bryden and Show Secretary Eleanor Boote and a splendid bouquet of flowers was presented to Flo, plus a card depicting perhaps the Latham’s most famous dog Champion Topcroft Toreador.
Also attending from the Club were fellow LVP’s Norman & Dorothy Berry along with others from Flo’s era – Linda Miller, Betty Smith and Tec & Elaine Norton – we had three Topcroft Staffords from Harry & Flo.
Subsequent to this party Flo has sent us, the North West, a thank you letter – see photos – amazing!!