Bullmastiff Wilma wins first ever good citizen supermatch

A two year old Bullmastiff bitch called Wilma has won the first ever Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Supermatch competition, held on Sunday 29th November 2015 at the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

Wilma, whose Kennel Club name is Ardhub Black Obsession at Alonzobar, from Deiniolen in Gwynedd, Wales, competed against 80 other dogs which have won GCDS breed classes throughout 2014 and 2015, in a series of knockout rounds to be declared 'Best in Match' at the competition.  Wilma's owner Geron Abbott handled her in the competition.

Reserve Best in Match was Sabu (KC name Ir Ch/Int Ch Asterel Sabugeiro of Bamcwt), a five year old Estrela Mountain Dog from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, owned and handled by Louise Bermingham.

The competition was created to recognise and reward exhibitors who support the GCDS through breed classes and Any Variety GCDS Stakes classes at championship shows, and was open to dogs in the GCDS Breed Classes at General, Group or Single Breed Championship Shows.  To be eligible, dogs had to have been:

  • Winner of a GCDS Breed Specific Class (single or mixed sex) at a General or Group Championship show, or
  • Winner of a GCDS Class (single or mixed sex) at a Breed Specific Championship Show, or     
  • Placed 1st - 5th on any day in the AV GCDS Stakes Classes held at General or Group Championship shows.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Our congratulations go to Wilma and Geron for winning the first ever Good Citizen Dog Scheme Supermatch and to Sabu and Louise for coming in second.

"For some years the scheme has been supporting breed shows through the GCDS Classes at General and Group championship shows, and we are pleased with the response that the first competition has received and that two very worthy dogs have taken the top spots.

"The competition has introduced a new element of excitement for Good Citizen dogs and helps to highlight the role of the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme in providing training and welfare education to dog owners across the whole spectrum of dog activities."

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