I had decided to attend Crufts many months before
the show. I planned to stay for only three nights in UK as I had
done on previous trips. I left Japan on Mar 9th and met Mr.Matsubara,
who was flying by another airline, at Heathrow Airport. We went
directly to Birmingham by train.
The next day, we left the hotel and arrived at the
hall at 8:30am although Airedales wouldn't start until 10:00am.
We met Mary of Jokyl, David, Lesley and Gus of Stargus, Alaine
and Martin of Jaideld and other friends. I received a hearty welcome
The Airedale Terrier's turn started after 10:30am.
The total Airedale entry was 92, but some of them were absent,
so actually they were probably around 80. I sat down on the chair
that Alaine had saved for me and I started to videotape. One of
the Airedales in this show is Am.CH. Greenfield Celtic Legend
from US. He is a brother (mother is different) of Am.Eng.CH.Greenfield
Captain Fantastic that is handled by Mary and is one of the famous
Airedales in UK. I saw Celtic Legend when I went to Montgomery
The progress of this show is basically similar to
ours. All the entries are high quality and first-rate. And the
handlers, almost all of which are their owners, show them to the
judge with great confidence and pride.
My guess had proved right in each of the dog classes
but it was too difficult to predict the winner in the open dog
class. It is a wonder that the judges can choose just one winner
from so many wonderful dogs. The judges selected Am.CH.Greenfield
Celtic Legend as the winner and he got DogsCC. In the meantime,
each bitch class is closely contested on the high level. Eventually,
CH.Garland Sweet Carolin Jokyl won and got Bitch CC. That was
her second successive victory
Janet and Tom of Robroyd found me during the show
and we were glad to meet each other again.
I joined the group for lunch after the show. I'm
not sure who brought the foods, sandwiches, fruits, biscuits and
so on. I enjoyed the foods. After that I said good-bye to Alaine
and Martin, Janet and Tom. Mr.Matsubara and I enjoyed shopping
which is another pleasure at Crufts. There are many shopping booths
and they have a variety of goods. I have not seen that large a
quantity of booths in Japan.