Ch. Seplecur Trojan at Foinaven
Anne Webb (GB)
- How long have you lived with Irish Wolfhounds?
My first Irish wolfhound was born in February 1981. From the first litter sired by Ch. Corniman Ella Mana Mou, she was bought as a pet, but was very influential in my entry into the dog show world.
My first show IW was Clonara Nellagh. Born in 1983 and litter sister to Ch’s Nizam and Niamh. Breed by Maggie and Stuart Wilkins, she is behind all my dogs up until present day.
- Why did you decide to become a judge and what do you enjoy the most when judging?
I have said many times, judging good dogs is great fun.
The privilege of being able to get your hands on hounds, all over the world, that dedicated breeders have put their heart and soul into, is an honour not to be taken lightly. As a breeder, judging gives you the ability to assess dogs that may be part of a future breeding program.
- When was your first judging appointment?
As in the English system, my first judging experience was at open shows. The first time I gave CC’s in Irish Wolfhounds, was at the prestigious Lady’s Kennel Club (LKA) in 1991.
- Was there a dog among those you have judged who gave you goosebumps?
Dogs that I have seen, judged or handled that have left an impression on me, for many different reasons.
In Males: Carrokeel Coilte Merlin, Nutstown King, Drakesleat Kyak, Solstrand Kaspar, Lonnkyle Jester, Stoneybrook Konjur.
In Females: Witchesbroom Wildrose, Mary of Nutstown, Seplecur Meg of Sulhamstead, Bokra Chance, Stoneybrook Medora.
- Which of your own dogs do you consider the best? Would you share a picture with us?
I have been lucky enough to live with some wonderful hounds both of my own and in the Lonnkyle kennel. The best IW I have owned, was breed by the late Gordon Crane of Seplecur Kennel and came to me as a stud fee puppy. He’s name was Ch. Seplecur Trojan at Foinaven. Special for so many reasons, beauty, soundness, temperament and type. He also lived a long, healthy life, crossing the Atlantic with me, to a new home, at the age of 7 1/2., having just won his last CC at the Irish Wolfhound Club Show. Who could ask for more.