Top winning ETT for 2017 ( a repeat of 2016) is Ch Sharex Burning Love for Dobrugh JW. Bred by Jane Williams and co owned by Terry Burgess and ( the late) Dominic Browne.
Burning Love now has 14 CCs all with BOB and is the Best In Show winner at the last two breed Club championship shows.
Jane’s rise to the top has been an interesting journey, that certainly didn’t augur well in the beginning.
In 1985 she purchased Brynlythe Sue from the Ellis Jones’s, but circumstances conspired to keep Jane from doing much exhibiting. Her job, caring for her mother, and being a somewhat nervous handler, all held her back.
She bred Sharex Welsh Dragon which she showed a handful of times, and which did a little bit of handy winning ( notably at Blackpool under John Geraghty where he won Best Opposite Sex).
By 2000 She had shown, though rarely, a total of around 4 ETTs.
In late 2000, Jane decided to start again from scratch. She asked Terry Burgess to approach me for a show quality bitch for her that could become the foundation of her new kennel.
As the stars had aligned, on November 5th Ch Reeberrich Velvett had whelped two puppies, one of each sex, but I had decided I would keep both.
As Jane had been connected to the Breed already for 15 years, I decided she could have the bitch puppy from the litter, and thus Reeberrich Thea went to Jane.
This time around Jane was determined to get it right. I insisted she must campaign Thea, and I would help her conquer her ring nerves and help improve her handling. Jane promised she would, and it’s to her eternal credit that she got on top of the situation, and implemented every suggestion I made.
Judges, and indeed other exhibitors, began to see Jane in a new light now she had Thea. She won multiple firsts with her best win being a reserve CC under Shirley Ellis Jones on the same day her litter brother ( the destined to be future Champion and sire of champions) Reeberrich Xian won the dog CC.
Jane was euphoric as this was by far her biggest win to date.
She decided to breed from Thea, and with the agreement of John Geraghty & Richard Haynes, controversially had her covered by Ch Manyork Matt Black ( the whole mating having to be kept under wraps, for silly reasons I needn’t rake up again here!)
From this mating came Sharex Mighty Morgan, destined to be Jane’s first champion!
Morgan won a clutch of CCs and finished 2005 (sic) as top winning dog and sired one of this year’s champions, Moretania Kindle Fire.
Jane then imported Am.Ch Spiceisle In The Still Of The Night, which she also campaigned to his British title.
Breeding the litter that included Sharex Burning Love, this puppy caught the eye of The House of Dobrugh kennels, and Jane placed the bitch in co ownership. Her career needs no comments from me.
Sharex Unchained Melody went to Pat Thomas in Ireland where she gained her title too.
The inspiration of this story is that you can sometimes have to wait a long time to hit the heights in the show ring, and it takes courage to go back to the beginning and start again, both of which Jane did, and is now reaping the rewards of her hard work and dedication.
By Johnny Richardson (Reeberich)