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 Limit Show in January – this show is Limited in that the show is open to Club members only (you can pay your membership with your entry) and dogs that have won Challenge Certificates are not eligible. 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 an Open Show, similar to the Limit show but is open to all with no restrictions on how much the dogs have won.
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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The North West 2019 Championship Show
There is a full report on this show – see link above, left – but it is worth reporting here that for the third Champ show running a CC has gone to a NW member.
This time around the Dog CC under judge Bill McKnight went to new member Paul Murray (from Cleator Moor, 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.
The Bitch CC 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 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.
This show is sponsored by Pero – specialist complete dog food for Staffordshire Bull Terriers
And Leigh Plumbing – suppliers of bathrooms and accessories
The North West took the opportunity at this show to recognise the achievements and service to the NW of Les Aspin at the NW Champ show on April 7th 2019.
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 commemorate and 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.
Latest news, upcoming events and NW members exploits
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.
And now we have another NW member joining the Champions club.
It’s Dave McKimm and his bitch Ch Biggleswick Fifty Fifty winning the Open class at Southern Counties SBTS 2018 followed by her third CC.
Tremendous result for Dave.
A third NW member and a third Champion in 2018
Martin & Karen Johnson’s outstanding young bitch Ch Tillcarr Baptism Of Fire won her crown (at only fourteen and a half months) at the North Eastern show 2019 under Aussie judge Craig Frazer.
This show is part of the Northern Triple and what a weekend it was for this trio – Belka, as she is called, took the RCC’s at the two other shows as well.
It’s worth mentioning that litter brother Tillcarr Fire Coanda won the RCC at Darlington (his second RCC, the other won at the previous show, Richmond), also owned by the Johnson’s.
Fantastic stuff – Belka won her first CC at the end of August and this success continues with a fourth CC with BOB, at Driffield under Linda Lee and then a fifth at SWKA under Bob Blackley, phew.
What momentous times for this Kennel
The photo here was taken after she won her class at the North East – there’s loads more in the North Westers Out and About.
A second NW member and a second Champion in 2018
Debbie Desmond and her Dog Elitebulls Challenger win a third CC at Paignton under judge Mick Bradley.
At the tender age of only 15 months – what a great achievement.
There is simply no stopping this dog now, he’s gone on to win two more CC’s – under Tony Moore at the North of Scotland club show and then at Richmond – judge Geoff Faulkner, making 5 CC’s in total, plus 6 RCC’s.
All these wins whilst in Junior, breaking the record for the most number of points gained in the SBT Annual Top Junior award.
This photo is of Dodge, as he is known, winning the Junior class at the SCCA, where he won his first CC.
The first NW member’s dog to get made up in 2018 is Champion Rubericla Trailbreaker, owned by Bryn & Julie Allsopp.
This dog took the Dog CC, his third, at the East Of England show under Judge Nick Hales.
His previous two CC’s both came at Crufts, in 2017 and 2018.
Many, many Congratulations to Bryn and Julie, remember this is their first show Stafford – just shows what you can achieve in this great breed of ours. Another CC (his 4th) with BOB at Notts & Derby 2018, under judge Jayne Winrow; no stopping this dog now
The SBT Annual 2018 is available from:-
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 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)
What a day for the Butlers at the Downlands Champ show (Oct 20th) – their bitch Joemikeste Play The Game took the CC and BOB under judge Karon Jackson.
They didn’t have to wait long to win a second CC either – this was under judge Lee Rhodes at the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club show held on the 11th November, winning a terrific Open class of 25 bitches drawn from all over the UK and the EU.
We couldn’t be more pleased for Vicki who is a NW Committee member (and husband Dave, of course).
I can’t just report these two big wins without, as well, mentioning Liz & Paul Stanway’s bitch Stormfire Crack The Code at Waystaff also taking a second CC (with BIS) the day before the SBTC show, at the East Midlands Ch show under judge Marie Morris.
So here they are:-
New members Martin & Michelle Murphy come with their 2018 bitch Ch Karwillage Mystic Girl and at the Southern Counties SBTS she was awarded the RCC – so it was North Westers all the way in bitches at this show.
Pictured here is Michelle with Cleo winning the Green Star at Cork earlier this year.
The Club successfully held a Breed Seminar and Judging Competence Assessment in September 2018
For details of how it went and photos of participants click on the photo
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.
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
Christmas Run off
4th December 2018
Judge Andy Mayren (Fergiestaffs)
Best Fancy Dress – Chris Howard with Oliver (above) – it’s the shoes what cliched it.
Best Adult Handler – Anne Preston with Victor (Tillcarr Fire Starter)
Best Puppy Handler – Jessica Farrimond with Ozzy (Ashstaff Jessie’s Dark Prince)
Adult Points winner (most points in 2018 Handling Classes) – Stephen & Pat Tighe’s Stan (Tegumen Ace Of Spades)
Puppy Points winner John & Chis Howard’s (Sikaistaff Man Of Steel)
The judge for this show held on the 28th October 2018 was Brian Speed (Speediestaff) and he certainly got on with it.
Best Dog and BIS was Nick Yorke with Braunstaff Feel The Noise;
Best bitch and RBIS was Paul & Liz Stanway’s Stormfire Crack The Code at Waystaff;
Reserve Best Dog was John Finney’s Ch Ballindona Crafty Copper at Sanguliano;
Reserve Best Bitch was Chris Mudd’s Chiswelstaff Jean Genie
And Best Puppy was Paul Murray’s Cinfel Melodies Tailor.
Click on the above image for full results and critique, photos of dogs and a marked up catalogue and a show report.
The sponsored walk held on the 9th of September 2018 in aid of the SBT Rescue run by Barbara Green raised a handsome total of £2665 for the Rescue funds.
The NW Club and Barbara thank all the sponsors for their contributions to an incredible total and also to the participants pictured above (plus Michaela & Josh Riley and family who arrived late and missed the photo opportunity).
One of the sponsors is well deserving of mention and he is Walter Slater from Farnworth who donated £1000, yes a thousand pounds!!
With this amount in her locker Barbara herself collected the most cash – well done her and for anybody who doesn’t know her, she’s the youthful looking lady on the far right with her even more youthful dog Rebel.
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 and Stafford Welfare 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 30th April 2019
The KC are in reforming mode – click on the KC logo to see what’s going on with the KC and the reforms being implemented over the next few years:-
Can the KC reduce the number of our Clubs?
The new judges structure “Judges Competency Framework – JCF” – the KC have summarised all the relevant information on this onto one page – https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/judges-education/breed-show-judges-training/judges-competency-framework
The following excellent booklet encapsulates the essential elements (published February 2018) and I recommend anyone who wants to judge or is a judge to read it.
New rules for Junior Warrant and New Awards for Open Shows
Breed Club Supported General Canine Society Shows
The introduction of Champion Classes at Breed Club Ch shows from Jan 2018
To see the KC announcement follow the link:-
Already a couple of our Clubs have introduced this innovative (?) measure at their 2018 Ch shows – Morecambe Bay & Cumbria SBTC and Notts & Derby SBTC. At the former there was only one entry and that was in the Dogs – Ch Surestaff Wellington and no Champion bitches entered. At the Notts & Derby show we saw a similar response from exhibitors – in the Dogs only one Champion entered and that was a Danish Ch and again no Ch bitches entered.
The KC have defined the Breed Co-ordinator (BEC) role and introduced a form for nomination of potential candidates (to be nominated by Breed Clubs/Breed Councils) – the BEC for Staffords is Helen Reaney.
Latest update – 25th January 2019
The KC have made a concession on the annual fee for judges – for Level 4 (CC level) judges who only give CC’s in a single breed and never intend to award CC’s to other breeds, then the fee reduces from £26 per annum to £10.
This has been further amended as per the KC announcement below – so we will have a three tier annual charge for the “licence (to judge)” fee.
Zero fee for single breed judges approved before July 2019; £10 for single breed judges approved after July 2019 and £26 for multi breed CC Judges.
It should be made clear that the concessions referred to above apply to Single Breed judges awarding CC’s to that breed only, but can still judge other breeds at Open shows (3 classes, plus 1 puppy class) and award BIS, Groups and AV classes at these shows.
As of January 2019 single breed judges (aiming to award CC’s in that breed) are no longer required to take the Eye For A Dog assessment on the JCF.
The date set for the JCF to be introduced is the second half of 2019 and not January 2019 – as originally specified – and now set to be fully operational after the transition period in January 2022.
To help show societies, the requirement that all judges must be licenced on the JCF Academy will now be introduced from 1 January 2020.
For the latest press releases from the KC follow this link:
Click on the KC logo (above) for more
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!!
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