2012 Show Results
Elvis wins Best of Breed complete with Challenge certificate under breed specialist Gillian Mitchelson (Voortrekker) at Leeds Championship show in July 2012. A MASSIVE thank you to our judge for a fantastic day! Elvis then made it to the final 8 in the Hound group, judged by Frank Kane - he even got a special mention in his critique.
"1. Aitken & Reid’s Ch Sonstraal Chocolate Storm, handsome strong & muscular with lovely strong bone, excellent angulation in front & behind, lovely straight front, with excellent infill of forechest, good level topline with lovely length of neck. Correct head with good round eye & ear carriage. Deep & capacious chest, well ribbed back, feet compact with well arched toes, movement balanced & free with drive. CC & BOB;"
We then went forward to the Hound Group and made the final cut under well respected All Rounder, Frank Kane - in fact out of the dogs shortlisted, Elvis was the only one to receive a critique.
"Leeds Ch Show - The Hound Group - "I thought this was a strong group and shortlisted the S/h Dachs, W/h Dachs, Wolfhound, Basenji, Finnish Spitz, Greyhound & Ridgeback. The Ridgeback is a lovely dog in superb muscular condition & has great stride, he pressed hard for a place but in the last circuit he just lost coordination on the move otherwise he would have been placed higher..." Many thanks to well respected All Round Judge Mr Frank Kane."
Elvis wins Open Dog, the Dog Challenge Certificate and Best of Breed under All-Rounder Mike Caple. Sookie is 2nd in Puppy Bitch. To top off a fab day Elvis is then shortlisted in the Hound Group by judge Marianne Nixon - many thanks to both our judges for a fantastic day!
"CC & BOB, Aitken & Reid’s Ch Sonstraal Chocolate Storm, thought that this dog was something special, loved his size & frame, not overdone, excelled in head & expression, well constructed in forehand with well filled front, good layback of shoulder& close fitting elbows, strong bone, firm pasterns & compact feet, great depth & nicely ribbed back, good over croup with powerful hindquarters, tail well set, this construction & musculature enabled him to move out soundly with a smooth & easy far reaching stride"
"Hound Group, Birmingham National - "An excellent group with a full compliment of 30 hounds. After due consideration I pulled out the following for further assessment....Ridgeback- well balanced with no exaggerations, good body lines, moved soundly." Marianne R Nixon."
Elvis wins the Open Dog Class, then the Dog Challenge Certificate (his 6th) and then wins Best in Show! Many thanks to our judge, Breed Specialist Jenny Morris (Kasenga) and to the committee of the SRRA for all our wonderful prizes and a fantastic show! Sookie also had a good day winning the Puppy Bitch class.
"A very good class. 1.Aitken and Reids Ch. Sonstraal Chocolate Storm Sh.CM. Beautifully balanced red wheaten, very well made and full of quality. Most lovely head with correct eye and earset and good depth of muzzle, good length of neck into level topline, good forechest, good depth and excellent ribbing, well angulated, well boned with best of feet. His movement was long striding, flowing and effortless. Very pleased to award him CC and BIS."
Elvis wins 3rd in Open Dog class, thanks to our judge All-rounder Liz Cartledge. Sookie is 2nd in Puppy Bitch.
"3 Aitken & Reid’s Ch Sonstraal Chocolate Storm, completed a super trio, eyecatching dog with good neckline, body & depth. A little longer cast than 1 & 2."
"2 Aitken’s Sonstraal Dream The Dream at Saadani, well constructed 10 months puppy, attractive head, bright expression, good depth of body, held topline going round, moved OK"
Elvis wins Open Dog, Best Dog and Best in Show! Many thanks to our judge, All-Rounder Mr Robert Greaves. Sookie wins Puppy Bitch & Best Puppy in Show.
"Aitken & Reids Ch Sonstraal Chocolate Storm ShCM. High quality hound with no exaggerations, very typical lovely head & expression, excellent neck flowing smoothly into clean well angulated shoulders, firm topline with correct rise over the croup, rear quarters have correct angulation, very strong & free, active mover, presents a picture of a very sound, well balanced hound. Best Open, Best Dog & BIS"
CH Sonstraal Chocolate Storm wins the Open Dog class at Crufts on 11th March 2012 and then goes on to win Reserve Dog Challenge Certificate.
Many thanks to our Breed Specialist Judge Sue Campbell (Nyassa)
Many thanks to Julie Bates & Gillian Hutcheson for the lovely photos of our memorable day!