Ch Comedy Of Errors From Skelder

Bought in from Joy Malcolm’s famous Skelder kennel as a junior, Bobby was being shown only as second string, as Joy was campaigning Ch Skelder Corn Dolly (who was vying for top bitch that year) I coveted that bitch so much, looking back I must have really pestered Joy, but it worked and Bobby arrived at Seacrest in 1990.

After several weeks on a diet and exercise regime, she soon shaped up and gained muscle tone. The outline she developed was stunning, and although she was a big girl she had a refinement and elegance that some lighter framed bitches would be envious of. At her first show we won limit at Birmingham National under Mike Donnachie. Her first green card was a Reserve CC, at Scottish Kennel Club’s May show under Maureen Wragg, followed by a second Reserve CC 3 weeks later from Brenda Groves, and a third in August, at the British Boxer Club the judge being Sid Reilly.

In September we took our annual trip “across the water” to Belfast, Northern Ireland for the two shows held under UK kennel club licences. The Irish trip is always “good craic”, but in 1990 it was the stuff dreams are made of! At the first show, the Irish Boxer Club, judged by Mary Laing we were not only awarded our first CC, but also Best in Show, and there is no better place to celebrate your 1st ticket than the first show of the Irish weekend. The following day, at Belfast, under Denise Mastaglio, we took the Reserve CC, only beaten by the famous Ch Tonantron Glory Lass, our then UK breed record holder. More celebrations in the bar on the ferry home!

Six weeks later there was another hectic weekend, with a championship show held on both days. On the Saturday we gained our 2nd CC and Best of Breed at the Scottish Working Breeds, from Lily Potts, and the following day I made up my first Champion, when Bobby was awarded her crowning third CC, from Leo Van Oss from Holland. We ended the year with two consecutive Reserve CC’s, from Ivor Ward Davies at South Wales Boxers Club, and then Harriet Campbell from USA, at what turned out to be the last show of the year, the Cotswold Boxer Club.

The first show of 1991 was CRUFTS, judged by Sheila Cartwright (Tyegarth), where Bobby won a star-studded open bitch class, and took her 4th CC. Following a further Reserve CC from Bruce Cattanach at Windsor, Bobby gained the CC at London & Home Counties Boxer Club, going one better under Denise Mastaglio than at Belfast, and was then retired for maternal duties with a total of 5 CC’s 7 Reserve CC’s.