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2009
DECEMBER


At the Dublin Ch Dog Show Alfie is Green Star Dog - his 59th! Prada is on maternity leave!

For the THIRD year in a row Alfie has qualified for the Irish Show Dog of the Year Final in February - this is restricted to the top 40 dogs all breeds in Ireland.

OCTOBER

All Ireland Bull Breeds Ch Show: Prada takes Green Star (her sixth) under Mr Veiga Portugal. One more to go!

Pictures of Alfie's daughter - Buttons in the USA - Kaskazini Ridgebacks



SEPTEMBER
 


BELFAST CH SHOW - (UK Kennel Club) Alfie wins the Dog CC and BOB (Dianne Spavin GB).


Drogheda Ch Show:  ALFIE AND PRADA DO THE DOUBLE - Green Star Dog and Bitch (Prada gets her fifth Green Star) Lyn Appleby Alfie is BOB and goes on to take Group 2 (John Walsh)


AUGUST
 
 
Bangor Ch Show:ALFIE AND PRADA DO THE DOUBLE - We take Green Star Dog AND Bitch under Robin Searle (GB). Alfie went BOB and then Group 2 (S O'Brien Ireland)

Monkstown International Ch Show : Alfie is Green Star Dog, CACIB BOB and Group 2 M. Hermel France.
                                           
 JULY
 
Dundalk Ch Show: Alfie is BOB (Zola Rawson UK) and GROUP 1 (Mr J Schepers Netherlands). Prada is 2nd in Open Bitch.

Two shows this weekend:
 
Saturday Bray Ch Show Alfie is BOB and Group 4. TODAY HE WINS HIS 50TH GREEN STAR!!!!!!
Sunday Irish Ladies Ch Show Alfie is BOB and Group 2. Prada is 2nd in Open Bitch.
 
 
      JUNE
 
Two shows this weekend:
 
Saturday Kilkenny Ch Show Alfie is BOB and Group 3 under two Australian Judges.
Sunday Deise Ch Show Alfie again is BOB and Group 3 under two Irish Judges. Prada is 1st in Intermediate and 3rd in Open.
 
Swords International show: Alfie is Green Star Dog & CACIB (S Wilberg)
 
Munster Ch Show Alfie is Green Star Dog, Prada is 1st in Open Bitch Pat Sheehey (Ire)

MAY

Rhodesian Ridgeback Ch Show Alfie is 1st CH Dog and Res Green Star judge Peter Nicholson (UK)

Fermoy International Ch Show Alfie is Green Star Dog, CACIB and BOB judge Mrs Saija Juutilainen Finland and Prada was 1st Junior Bitch. Although there were 3 shows this weekend we only managed to get to this one.

APRIL

Cork Ch Show PRADA IS NOW A JUNIOR CHAMPION Alfie is BOB (Louisa Casey Ireland) and then Group 2 (D Lawlor Ireland) - a great day!



                             ( Photo Crawford Manton www.irishcaninepress.net )                           

Combined Canine Club International Ch Show - Alfie takes Green Star Dog CACIB and BOB (G.Daly Ireland) Prada is 2nd in Junior Bitch

MARCH

Newtownards Ch Show - Prada keeps up her winning ways and again takes Green Star Bitch with Alfie getting Reserve Green Star Dog.


At the first Irish Championship show of the year WE DO THE DOUBLE Alfie is Green Star Dog and Prada is Green Star Bitch and beats Alfie for Best of Breed. (Judge M. Martin NI). This show also awards the Celtic Winner Titles - Alfie wins it for the THIRD year in a row and Prada wins the Celtic Winner '09 and Junior Celtic Winner '09!

FEBRUARY


Although we have had no shows this month the IKC have just confirmed that Alfie is the Annual Champion for 2008 (for the second year in a row) - this is given to the top dog in each breed who wins the most Green Stars during the year (and although Alfie did not attend seven of the shows during the year, he still managed to get about twice as many Green Stars as the next Ridgeback).

 JANUARY

NORTHERN IRELAND SHOWDOG OF THE YEAR COMPETITION: A great start to the year!!! Prada finishes in the top ten in the puppy competition (42 all breeds) and   Alfie finishes 3rd in the adult competition (45 all breeds). Judges Anne MacDonald and William Dobbin.



Latest picture of Alfie Jnr (Hooz the Double) enjoying the snow in England.





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December 2008

 
Dublin Ch Show At the last Ch show of the year we have a great day. Alfie is BOB (Seamus Oates Ire) and Group Four (T Finney Ire)  Prada is 1st in Junior Bitch and Spider (at her first show) is 1st Puppy Bitch.

Alfie's daughter Spider (Hooz a Ridgie - bred/owned by Julie Pratt) came to us for a short holiday.


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               Hooz a Ridgie Spider aged 11 months                           Alfie with his daughter Spider



Alfie takes a day off from showing but Prada is determined not to let the side down because at Banbridge Ch show LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER HER FIRST BIRTHDAY PRADA GIVES US AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT - NOW INTO JUNIOR CLASS SHE TAKES BEST BITCH AND HER FIRST GREEN STAR!!!!

November 08


29th HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRADA - ONE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  - See her page for more pictures.
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Cloghran Ch Show  Alfie takes Green Star and BOB and Group 4 under Gerry McFaul (Northern Ireland)while Prada continues her winning ways (at her last show in PuppyClass) takes Reserve Green Star Bitch


Prada's first outing since the beginning of September - she attended the Hound Association of Northern Ireland Open Show and was awarded BOB (Mr A Littlejohn Scotland)


*******Alfie has qualified (for the second year) for the Irish Show Dog of Year Competition (Only the top 40 dogs [all breeds] compete)********** It will be held in January.


October 08  AT THE RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK CLUB AGM ALFIE HAS AGAIN BEEN AWARDED TOP RIDGEBACK IN IRELAND FOR THE SECOND YEAR!



We haven't been to the last two IKC CH shows (at least the horses are now being exercised) and now Prada has come into season so she will miss the next one.
 



   Latest picture of Alfie jnr (Hooz the Double)at the beach

 
                                                           


September 08  
                                     THIRD IN THE HOUND GROUP AT BELFAST CH SHOW

                                          

                                           Photo by Carol Ann Johnson
 
Belfast Ch show (under English KC) Alfie is BOB (Maggie Holder) and then is THIRD IN THE HOUND GROUP (Mr S Wilberg)
 
CRITIQUE BY SIGURD WILBERG: 'G3 was the Ridgeback, Ch/Ir Ch Veldtkammer Dew To More Duo, strong, muscular, handsome & upstanding dog of high class, if I were a lion I would not like to meet this guy, very well built ,moves soundly & is an excellent representative for his breed, one to be proud of.'

CRITIQUE BY BREED JUDGE MAGGIE HOLDER
1 Cooper’s Ch/Ir Ch Veldtkammer Dew To More Duo, superb male in rock hard condition, & very balanced, attractive head, long strong neck & well laid shoulders, good topline & very well angulated rearquarters with good width, well boned, very good feet, very free & active movement.
 
Unfortunately Prada was not able to go to this show as she has injured her toe.


Drogheda Ch Show Alfie is Green Star Dog (Pam Mottershaw Jersey) and Prada is 1st Puppy Bitch


#Another pup from Alfie/Fiz litter (Taking after his Dad - he likes his comfort!)
 
 

August 08  

Alfie Jnr continues his winning ways in England and is proving to be a hit with the breed specialists.  At the City of Birmingham Ch Show under Kirsteen Maidment (Osebeni) he is 1st Minor Puppy dog !

At the start of the circuit (Hound Association Ch Show) Alfie takes
BOB under Greg Eva (President of the Kennel Union of Southern Africa)  and goes on to take Group 2 (Mr R Greer New Zealand)

Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress (Richard Van Aken, South Africa) Ch Show Alfie 3rd Ch Dog and Prada 2nd Puppy Bitch

Clonmel International Show (Ms O Nevo, Israel) Alfie 2nd Ch Dog PRADA GOES BEST PUPPY IN BREED AND TAKES GROUP 2 IN THE PUPPY GROUP!!!!!!

Tralee Ch Show (Mr C Jouanchicot, France) Alfie takes the Green Star and Prada 1st PB

At the two Ch Shows in the first weekend this month, Bangor and North Down Alfie takes BOB and at the Monkstown International Ch show Alfie again takes BOB with Prada taking 1st PB at both and Reserve Green Star at Bangor.


July 08

Alfie jnr (Hooz the Double) continues his winning ways by taking 1st Minor PD at his second Ch show outing (Leeds under Colin Ashmore)

At Dundalk Ch Show Alfie takes Green Star and BOB and Group 4. Prada was first in Puppy Bitch
 
Meanwhile in England, Alfie jnr makes his show debut in style (Hooz the Double owned by Billy Bowden) takes 1st in Minor PD Qualifying for Crufts on his first outing and then taking Best Minor Puppy in Show at Midland & Northern Rhodesian Ridgeback Ch Show judge Ms J Parker (Azuli)
Critique:
1st    Bowden & Quin’s Hooz The Double. Really liked this young dog. 6 months, red wheaten. Pleasing head with well set ears, good bone and feet. Nice body length and angulations. When settled he showed good length and evenness of movement. Will watch with interest.
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                                          Hooz the Double PHOTO BY DENMAN

Sligo Ch Show Alfie Green Star BOB and Group 3. Prada 1st PB Prada 2nd in Puppy Stakes (over 30 pups all breeds) Narrowly missing qualifying for Pup of the Year - only first place qualifies.
 
Irish Ladies Ch Show Alfie takes Green Star (35th) BOB and Group 4. Prada 1st PB

Bray Ch Show  Alfie takes Green Star BOB and then Group 2Prada again gets another 1st in Puppy Bitch


June 08    Kilkenny Ch Show   Alfie takes Green Star (his 33rd) BOB and goes on to take Group 1 (his 6th!!) Not to be outdone - Prada keeps her winning ways with another 1st in Puppy Bitch and Res Green Star                


 Munster Ch Show Alfie takes Green Star BOB and GROUP 2  Prada gets her first Reserve Green Star from Puppy Bitch Class


May 2008      Irish Kennel Club International     Alfie takes Green Star,CACIB and BOB

AT HER FIRST SHOW PRADA BEHAVES SUPERBLY (surprise,surprise) and gets a FIRST PLACE and graded VERY PROMISING!!!!

PRADA & BECCA MAKE THEIR SHOW DEBUT!

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We haven't shown at the last 4 Irish Championship shows due to other things happening.  We are enjoying the lovely weather at present and doing a lot of mountain walking (see gallery) and also enjoying the antics of Prada (see her gallery) - last time I looked she was playing leap frog over Alfie.



# Pictures of Alfie jnr (below)from Fizz's litter in January 


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# And the bitch pup (Spider) from the same litter which Julie kept. (below)

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# Another pup - Roo and his pal





March 2008 
Alfie takes his 30th Green Star when he also goes BOB under Mr T Finney  and attains the CELTIC WINNERS TITLE '08

What a start to the year! At the first IKC CH show of 2008 Alfie takes BOB (Judge Mr J P Achtergael Belgium) and then TOPS THE GROUP (Judge Mr D Antonopoulos Greece)

 

February 2008 Alfie is confirmed as ANNUAL CHAMPION 2007 (IKC)



15th January 2008 -*****ALFIE BECOMES A DADDY******
7 healthy pups born to Fiz   (www.hoozridgebacks.com)


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January 2008  - Alfie qualifies for Ireland Show  Dog of the Year  (Top 40 dogs in Ireland) - finishes in the top twenty


 
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