2011 Show Results
Elvis continues to be shown at both Open and Championship shows up and down the country, his wins are detailed below.
Caledonian Canine Society Open Show
Saturday 5th February, Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston.
Elvis is placed 1st in the Open class and then goes on to take Best of Breed. He is then shortlisted in a very large, strong Group. Many Thanks to our Breed Specialist judge Mr Andrew Geeves.
"Outstanding class, full of quality. 1.Aitken & Reid's Sonstraal Chocolate Storm. Beautifully constructed dog, immediately stands out with his ring presence, masculine clean head, well defined stop, strong clean length of neck, correctly angulated shoulder, ample forechest & ideal depth of brisket, compact tight feet, level topline, well proportioned clean muscular hindquarters, good turn of stifle and low set hocks, moved out effortlessly with exceptional reach of stride & powerful rear drive. Best of Breed."
Saturday 12th March, NEC, Birmingham.
Elvis is placed 1st in a large Limit Dog class. Many thanks to our judge from Finland, Mrs Elina Tan-Hietalahti.
"Aitken & Reid's Sonstraal Chocolate Storm, excellent male, good size & proportions, nice head & expression, nice long body, good ridge & colour, in balance, moved well"
Photo above kindly taken by Rosie Bates
Photo above left kindly taken by Lena Piehl, and above right by Claire Jones - many thanks to all photographers for the lovely shots!
RRCS Open show
Sunday 24th April at Cochrane Hall, Alva.
Elvis is placed 1st in Open Dog. He then goes on to win Best Dog in the Challenge, then wins best Open and Reserve Best in Show! Many thanks to our Breed Specialist Judge, Ms Pat Selby (Eilack).
Photo above kindly taken by Caroline Melville
"1. Sonstraal Chocolate Storm. A handsome dog, fit and in excellent show condition. Everything to like about this boy. Lovely head, clean neck, angles good both front & rear, good ridge. Moved effortlessly round the ring. Very well handled. Best Dog. Reserve Best in Show."
SRRA Championship Show
Sunday 1st May at The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh.
Elvis is placed 1st in a large Open Dog class, and then goes on to win the Reserve Dog Challenge Certificate. Many thanks to our judge from Norway, Mr Espen Engh DVM.
Photo above with thanks to Lena Piehl
"A very attractive dog, well balanced but all in moderation. Ideal combination of substance with elegance. Attractive, masculine head, eyes just dark enough for his coat colour. Strong neck. Moderate, but balanced angulation both ends. Enough forechest and excellent depth of chest, and ideal width all the way. Excellent ridge. Moved Very well. Hope he gains his third CC to become a well deserved Champion. Reserve CC."
Dundee Canine Club Open show
Scottish Kennel Club chanpionship show
Friday 20th May, Ingliston.
Gill Lawless (Faahac) placed Elvis 3rd in Open Dog, thanks to our judge.
Border Union Championship show
Saturday 18th June, Kelso. Elvis is placed 1st in Open Dog and then goes on to take the Dog Challenge Certificate, and Best Opposite Sex. A big Thank You to our Breed Specialist judge, Mrs Toni Agnew (Mwenga).
This was Elvis' 3rd Challenge Certificate and gains him the title of UK Champion!
Thanks to the Bates' family for the above photo
"1. Aitken & Reid’s Sonstraal Chocolate Storm, liked as a youngster & did not disappoint, nothing flashy about this boy what you see is what you get, looks well on the stand & comes into his own on the move, a ground covering easy action in profile, tracks up well coming & going, in first class condition. Won this class & in the challenge was very well handled to win CC, believe this gives him well deserved ch title"
Blackpool Championship Show
Saturday 25th June, Blackpool.
Elvis is placed 3rd in Open Dog. Thanks to All Rounder judge Mr Albert Wight.
City of Birmingham Championship Show
Friday 2nd September, Stoneleigh.
Elvis was placed 1st in a large Open Dog class and went on to win his fourth Challenge Certificate. Many Thanks to our judge, All Rounder Mr Gavin Robertson (Soletrader) for a super day!
"1 Aitken & Reid’s Ch Sonstraal Chocolate Storm, won on his overall balance & construction. His footfall is excellent & carries his outline well at all times. Good chest, ribs, bone & size, super condition, handsome head, nothing exaggerated about him. CC"
Fife Kennel Association Open Show
Sunday 17th July, Kirkcaldy.
Elvis is placed 1st in the Open class, then goes on to win the Hound Group. Many thanks to our judge Miss Gillian Hutcheson (Gabisa).
"1st – Aitken & Reid’s CH Sonstraal Chocolate Storm. My dog of the day. Handsome red wheaten dog, correct planes to head and depth to muzzle, excellent crested neck, correct lay of shoulder with good return of upper arm giving a tight elbow, excellent infill from prosternum down through to his deep chest, lovely length of body with good strong loin, relaxed turn of stifle with well let down hocks, moved with drive and covered the ground effortlessly on beautiful feet, holding a perfect topline. Best of Breed & Hound Group 1."
LKA of Scotland Open Show
Sunday 3rd September, Ingliston.
Elvis is placed 1st in the Open Dog class, and is beaten by his litter sister Peaches aka Sonstraal Chocolate Drop for BOB. Well done Veronica Thorén for beautifully handling Peaches to Hound Group 3 too! Thank you to our judge Mr Frank Whyte (Kazval).
RRCS Championship Show
Sunday 6th November, Lanark.
Elvis is placed 1st in Open Dog and goes on to win the Dog Challenge Certificate. He was then awarded Best in Show! Many thanks to our Breed Specialist judge from Australia, Rosemary Green (Chilolo) for a wonderful day.
"1st No 1 Ch Sonstraal Chocolate Storm: Pleasing head and expression, sufficient chest fill, well balanced front and rear angulation, strong topline and hindquarters, good feet, correct ridge. Whilst I would not want this dog any taller, he has outstanding movement which I feel is so important for the breed. He has long, flowing strides and covers the ground easily with a minimum amount of effort and without over-reaching. Well handled and presented. This dog went on to win Best Dog and Best In Show."