Heart of Wales Game Fair Yuva won third place out of a class of 19 working bitches
Yuva was third out of a class of 11 show bitches at Crufts this year
On Friday 27th of July 2012 Burmington Truly Blue a show bred Bedlington and Crufts competitor who belongs to Nicky Kinns was entered in a working grading in beautiful north Oxfordshire.
The grading’s come in two categories, the first a Grade 1 certification for underground work to fox under Exempted Hunting and in accordance with the law as it currently stands within The Hunting Act 2004. The second is a Grade 2 certification where the grading is an above ground procedure whereby the dog is expected to display its hunting prowess in the field with ferrets and enter rough cover.
Nicky Kinns accompanied by her son Tim, they used their own nets and ferrets and were unassisted by no-one else except their dog ‘Yuva’
Upon being graded the terrier proved her steadiness with both domestic livestock and ferrets. A warren was netted the dog did not mark and NO rabbits were bolted, correct marking. A second warren was approached the terrier marked and 3 rabbits bolted 1 of which ‘Yuva’ actually caught as it slipped a net again correct marking.
She worked tirelessly in quite hot conditions, her recall is instant, she is a very steady dog. The final test was with a long net which was placed around a fenced off tree, its warren totally hidden within the dense summer cover which incidentally was stinging nettles! ‘Yuva’ never hesitated to work through these savage plants and was rewarded by a rabbit being secured in the long net.
At the end of this short grading Burmington Truly Blue absolutely proved her working ability beyond any shadow of a doubt.
I am generally a staunch critic of the show Bedlington, however no one could criticise this terrier for her prowess in the field. Given a hard winters work on rabbits this bitch would enter the show ring in immensely hard condition. The show world should very proud of one of their dogs actually gaining this working certification, she passed her grading easy and is the first Bedlington terrier to have been subject to a grading. JOHN GLOVER.Working grading examiner.
How proud Nicki and I are of this little show/working bitch, now proven fit for purpose. It will be wonderful to see Yuva in show trim at working terrier shows, knowing her to be a true working bedlington. Congratulations to Nicki and Yuva the first show bedlington to take and pass working grade 2 certificate. Thank you to John Glover for examining Yuva and Tim for handling and getting the best out of this fantastic all round bitch. Yuva is not yet three and will carry on ridding us of vermin, she will continue to be entered at shows and I will look forward to seeing Yuva in the ring at both KC and working events.