This year’s “Garden Party,” the 22nd in the club’s history, was literally awash in beautiful Norwich. Awash indeed as we experienced 2.2 inches of rain accompanied by a constant wind. No one was spared inside the tents or out. Judges decided to use the ring area somewhat protected by the tent overhang, but by the time the Norwich went in, that area was a quagmire. However, in the breed spirit, all participants ignored the weather and the show went on!
Sweepstakes Judge Nancy Nosiglia, a long-time breeder, came down from Mexico, New York to judge the sweepstakes. Her comments reflect the “nature” of the day: “The entry was small but, a very nice quality with two males and one female. My best in sweeps, Foxwoods Toy Soldier, was a well-balanced clean moving male with a lovely head and correct coat. Best of Opposite was an equally pleasing bitch, Frabjous E.T. – Elizabeth Taylor by Littlefield. The weather broke just long enough for the youngsters to have a quick trip around the ring without drowning. A lovely luncheon was provided, and it was a most enjoyable time!”
Judge Kathi Brown reflected on her experience this way. “It was an honor and pleasure to judge the NTCA Supported Entry of Norwich Terriers at this years’ Garden State All Terrier Club. For more years than many of today’s exhibitors are aware, I have watched and deeply appreciated your breed. When I started observing the Norwich they were shown as one breed with the Norfolk. Certainly, this year’s entry and exhibitors have progressed since my early memories.”
“Norwich coats and grooming as well as the talents of the handlers and exhibitors have changed. I have recollections of a number of very loving and devoted owners entering the ring for a lovely stroll and, in a few cases, roll around the ring. Today they have evolved into the wonderful spirited and stocky, prick-eared breed with the good bone and substance necessary to its terrier function. For many years, I exhibited my Scots side by side on the Temple grounds at MCKC. I hopefully bring my decades of viewing and appreciation to judging your breed with great respect. While seeking the structure necessary for function described both in the history and standard.”
“Overall, the entry was pleasing in expression, coat, temperament and balance. Winners Dog and BOWs on this day to a puppy dog with proper head and inquisitive expression from the 6-9 puppy class, Foozle’s Break Dancer at Foxglyn. He enjoyed the day regardless of rain and precipitation.
Foozle’s Break Dancer at Foxglyn and Alyson Cleary had a good day in spite of the rain!
A solid Open Bitch was WB, CH Country Girl Rubies Are Red. The entry of nine quality specials well represented the Norwich breed. Four champions challenged for BOB on this day with GCH. Ilanerchfens Henchard Of Castorbridge taking the breed.”
“I was especially particular on proportionality of body (differentiating it from its close Norfolk relation) and of head. Coming from another short-legged, sturdy terrier I am always seeking the assembly of the front and rear that allow this breed to move effortlessly with reach in front and rear propulsion. On this day, legs and angles were extremely evident given the wet conditions. As with many breeds short upper arms continue to be an issue. We breeders need to seek equal shoulder and upper arm length that places the forelegs back to support the heft of the dog and provide reach on the move. On my final move the reach of the forelegs was evident. With the quality of the entry on this day I am seeing better rear movement and appropriately short hock to heel length and angulation which is a substantial improvement in the breed.”
“Any comments on the Norwich Terrier Club of America supported entry at last week’s Garden State Terrier Association would not be complete without a nod to the weather. Predictions for a difficult day were not misplaced. Fortunately, there was ample tenting and grooming was directly adjacent to the ring. Not so fortunate was the amount of precipitation and wind. The show has long been heralded as a terrier “Garden Party” but on this day only hardworking, dedicated terriers and their owners/breeders and handlers were participants at the party. Prior to our midday judging, other terriers had beaten a clear if somewhat muddy path under the tenting. As terrier breeder, groomer and exhibitor I was very deliberate in providing shelter and protecting to our best ability those wonderful terrier coats.”
“The Norwich Terriers, their owners and handlers are a determined group with only two of the entered dogs absent. Humans were well covered with appropriate raingear; Norwich were all covered in their double jackets of weather-resistant hard, harsh hair. The appropriate hardy Norwich were alert and outgoing on this day with any number of spunky dogs standing four-square and full of terrier attitude.”
President, Joan Church and Show Chair, Joan Murko did their usual spectacular job making sure the show went off smoothly and on schedule. Thanks to Trophy Chair, Leandra Little, for the beautiful awards. Finally, thanks to all the hardy exhibitors, contributors and volunteers without whom the show could not have gone on. As incoming president of Garden State, I will employ all my Irish luck to try and make next year’s weather cooperate. Hope to see you all next year at a genuine “Garden Party.”