Norma Inglis – CRAIGOWL CAVALIERS -
Cavaliers are my passion and I have loved them since setting eyes on my first one in 1971. "Amber", a Blenheim, came to live with us in 1972 and was a much-loved family pet. She remained with us until she died in her 17th year. She was our introduction to this wonderful breed and as so often happens the bug bit and since then I have been totally committed to the breed 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Over the last almost 40 years, I have exhibited regularly with some degree of success and together with my husband Gordon, we feel we have established a line of Cavaliers that fit the Standard, paying particular attention in our breeding programme to type, soundness and temperament. To date we have made up 11 UK Champions, plus numerous other CC & RCC winners, including the Blenheim, Ch Craigowl Silkience, the Bitch CC winner at Crufts 1992. "Nellie" passed away in her 16th year and gives hope that health wise, our breed is not doomed despite the difficulties we all face from time to time.
We have had success in all of the four colours and the tricolour Ch Craigowl Billy Elliot, gave us another of our proudest moments when he took Best in Show at the CKCS Club Championship show in 2005 in an entry of over 500 cavaliers. 2007 delivered another incredible high when we made up two more champions. Craigowl Ryton and Craigowl Norah Batty. Both on the same day, both tricolours. Our first show Cavalier was a Ruby and it was "Honey" who was responsible for us starting on the journey that opened up a whole new wonderful world where we have made many lifetime friendships. Cavaliers have simply taken over and become a way of life. We have been fortunate that interest in our Cavaliers has spread beyond the UK and many of the dogs we have sent overseas have gained their crowns or won CCs in their respective countries such as Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Australia, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Switzerland and the USA. I first judged in 1980 and have judged the breed at Championship level in the UK, Canada, Sweden, Finland, France, Germany, Australia, Austria, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Holland, Norway, Poland and Southern Ireland. I had the immense privilege of judging our breed at Crufts in 2006 and the Cavalier Club Championship show in 2009.My involvement with Cavaliers over the years has included exhibiting, breeding, judging, stewarding, assessing prospective championship show judges, committee member of the Scottish and English CKCS Clubs and editor of their magazines. I think I must have done most things involving Cavaliers and I wrote the Breed Notes for Dog World, one of the weekly UK dog papers and now do a weekly blog on www.cavaliers.co.uk called CHATTERBOX which is world wide news on anything connected with Cavaliers
I am also very interested in the other Toy breeds and am passed to judge at Championship level for Pomeranians and Chihuahuas. When judging in Scandinavian countries, I am authorised to also judge at National level, Bichons, Pekes, Papillons, King Charles Spaniels,Italian Greyhounds, Chinese Crested.
I love judging and pride myself that every dog has a chance irrespective of the owner. It is my first visit to Iceland. Thank you for the invitation to judge at your show. I deem it an honour.