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Flat-coated Retriever Society of ALBERTA Regional Specialty

Wednesday July 28th - DEERFOOT INN BALLROOM

REGIONAL SPECIALTY SHOW Flat-coated Retriever Society of Alberta, Sweepstakes - Ms. Sue Jones (Suchanoich) England,Regular and Non Regular Classes - Ms. Vivianne Bowen (Clandrift) England

Thursday July 29th AM - SPRUCE MEADOWS

OBEDIENCE TRIAL & RALLY TRIAL Flat-coated Retriever Society of Alberta; Obedience Judge - Lawrence Klassen, Rally Judge - Michael Calhoun

Flat-coated Retriever Society of CANADA National Specialty

Obedience & Rally

Thursday July 29th


Obedience Judge - Michael Calhoun

Rally Judge - Lawrence Klassen


Friday July 30th

Juvenile & Veterans Sweepstakes


Friday July 30th

Regular Classes (Dogs and Bitches to Winners Bitch)
JAMES IRVINE (VBOS Kennel), Scotland

Saturday July 31st

Best of Breed and Non-Regular Classes
JAMES IRVINE (VBOS Kennel), Scotland

Biography: James Irvine

As one of the nominated Judges at the forthcoming Canadian National Specialty on the 29th and 30th July 2010, I have been asked to submit a short biography.

I was born and currently live in South Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland. I have been married for 42 years and have two grown-up daughters and four grandchildren.

I have been involved with Flatcoated Retrievers for 28 years and have owned/bred 7 UK Show Champions. I also helped campaign another flatcoat to its title in 1994 for my late friend, Mr Jock Ross, namely Sh. Ch. Kintore of Rosenberg.

My first flatcoat was purchased from Miss Velma Ogilvy-Shepherd in 1981. Sh. Ch. Vbos Video (Ch. Falswift Apparition x Vbos Vilna), won 3 CCs and 6 RCCs and gained his title in 1989 at almost 8 years of age.

In 1985 I decided to purchase a second dog from Miss Ogilvy-Shepherd and he became Sh. Ch. Vbos Vervine (Ch. Bordercot Guy x Vbos Velmourn). Velmourn was a litter sister to Video. Guy was a Crufts Gundog Group Winner in 1987 and the Reserve Group Winner in 1985. Vervine won 4 CCs and 2 RCC and he also gained his title in 1989 at the age of 4 years.

My foundation bitch was Sh. Ch. Gayplume Fine Fashion of Dravidian (Sh. Ch. Kenjo Blackmark x Sh. Ch. Gayplume Dixie), born and purchased in 1993. Bred by Mrs Chris Murray from Bedford, England, she won 14 CCs and 6 RCCs and was top bitch in 2000. Fine Fashion won the Bitch CC at Crufts in 1998 and gained her title the same year at the age of 4 years. She also had a Group placing at Championship Show level. In 1997 I decided to mate her to Sh. Ch. Branchalwood Strathfinnan and this produced the bitch Sh. Ch. Vbos Lady From Louisiana, from a litter of 5 dogs and 3 bitches. Louisiana won 14 CCs and 8 RCCs and gained her title in 2000 at the age of almost 3 years. Amongst her wins was the Bitch CC at Crufts in 2000 and 2004 plus the RCC in 2005. In 2001 she was mated to the Sorcerer's Apprentice From Jaeva, which produced a litter of 7 dogs and 3 bitches. This litter has produced 3 Show Champions, 2 dogs and 1 bitch. Louisiana was Top Brood Bitch in the UK for 4 consecutive years.

From this litter, Sh Ch. Vbos Lady From Monterey was kept at home and gained her 3rd CC in 2006. She was mated to Sh. Ch. Branchalwood Strathybay in October 2005 and this produced a litter of 2 dogs and 1 bitch. I kept the bitch puppy and she is registered as Vbos Lady From Sonora.

Sh. Ch. Vbos The Tycoon JW ShCM is owned by Mr S Chipperfield and Miss H Higginbotham. He gained his title in November 2004 and to date he has won 8 CCs.

Sh. Ch. Vbos The Kentuckian was originally owned in joint ownership but reverted back to my name in December 2003 after the death of Mr Ross. The Kentuckian gained his title in January 2005 and to date he has won 38 CCs, 33 with BOB and 11 RCCs. He has 10 Group placings including R.B.I.S. at National Gundog Association Ch. Show in August 2006 and 2007. In addition he was B.I.S. at United Retriever Club Championship Show in 2007 and R.B.I.S. in 2008. He has also been B.I.S. at 5 Breed Championship Shows. This year (2009) Jet won the Scottish Gundog Competition and was runner-up in the Scottish Top Show Dog Competition (all breeds).

I am currently campaigning The Kentuckian's daughter, Broomiedean Lady of Hatari at Vbos JW who has recently been awarded her Junior Warrant.

The Vbos affix was gifted to me by the late Miss Ogilvy-Shepherd and was transferred to my name after her death in 1994. After the transfer I allowed the Dravidian affix to lapse.

I started to judge flatcoats in 1986 and awarded CCs for the first time in 1995. I have now awarded CCs in the UK on 11 occasions, including bitches at Crufts in 2009. My first Scandinavian/European appointment was in 1998 and since then I have judged in Norway, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland.

As a founder member of the Flatcoated Retriever Club of Scotland, I was actively involved in the administration of this Club for many years. I became their first Show Secretary in 1991 and held this appointment for 7 years. I was Vice-Chairman for 2 years and Chairman for 3 years before retiring from active involvement. I was also a founder member of the Northern England Flatcoat Retriever Association. In 2001 I joined the Committee of Gundog Breeds of Scotland as the flatcoat representative.

I feel very privileged at having been invited to judge at your Show and am extremely excited about this forthcoming appointment.

Jim Irvine


Sunday August 1st

FCRSC WC, WCI AND WCX TEST - Near Kathyrn, Alberta (NE of Calgary)

WCI/X Judges - Michael Rigby and Bob Edgar

WC Judges - Bryan Taylor and Sophia Fanous

Monday August 2nd

Golden Retriever Club of Alberta WC, WCI AND WCX TEST - Near Kathyrn, Alberta (NE of Calgary)

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