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    Take part in the largest show in Sweden for sighthounds - May 2014

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  • Dear exhibitor, welcome!

    Take part in the largest show in Sweden for sighthounds - May 2014

  • SPONSORED BY PURINA

    Keep your dog happy, healthy and strong with Purina®

Marion Finney, Ireland

 

 

I was born into a farming family, and we always had dogs and lots of other animals. When I was 15, I got a present for my birthday of a Yorkshire Terrier. She was called Judy. With her, I first ventured into the show ring. I suppose I was smitten by the showing-bug very quickly, but it had to be put on hold while I continued my education.

Some years later I returned to showing with some descendants of Judy. Then, one day I was introduced to a very handsome man with an Irish Wolfhound, (Int Ch Carrokeel Coilte Merlin). I guess I instantly fell in love with man and dog. I was lucky in that it was mutual. And so in 1980, I married Timothy Finney, the owner of Gulliagh Irish Wolfhounds. And so, from then I have been a partner in the Gulliagh hounds.

We live north of Dublin on a farm, where our hounds can enjoy a pretty idyllic relaxed life. We do breed occasionally, about once every two years or so, therefore each litter is very well planned and very special. We try not to exceed about 10 hounds in the kennels, sometimes representing 3 generations

Our hounds are always foremost our companions and we enjoy nothing better than walking them in our fields and seeing them chasing after the odd hare or rabbit.. Our Wolfhounds now share their lives with our pretty noisey pack of Miniature Wire Haired Dachshunds, but being wise the Wolfhounds take very little notice of them, mainly letting them be the watch dogs. We are lucky too that both our sons, Ian and Max, share our interest in dogs, and have never objected to us giving so much of out time and lives to the hounds.

We have been very lucky to own some truly wonderful hounds through the years We have never bred a litter of Wolfhounds that did not go back to our foundation hound Ch Ardgour of Nendrum {born 1965}. Our present young bitch, Gulliagh Aella, represents our 12th generation. So we have been very lucky to be able to keep our line going. It is very nice is to look at old photos of much loved past hounds and been able to see the same breed type today in our kennels.

In the show ring our hounds have been very successful in winning most of the major Club specialties in Ireland and the UK. Many of our hounds have gained their Irish, GB and International titles. Hounds that we have bred have become Champions in many European countries and in the US, South Aftica & Canada.

I first judged in Ireland in 1984, and now I am qualified by the Irish Kennel Club to judge Groups 4, 5,6 9 & 10 part of G 3 {& Best in Show.}. In the UK, I award Challenge Certificates in Irish Wolfhounds, Saluki & Whippets, also Yorkshire Terriers, Judging over the past years has brought me all over Europe and to the US, something I enjoy and find very interesting and challenging. Each breed has its own Standard, and having to study so many breed standards I think is very valuable and a great learning medium for judges. Pretty quickly one realises the important characteristics of each breed or or why, for instance, particular breeds should move in different ways. So, not alone when I judge breeds from group 10 am I looking from the specialist point of view. I can also look as an all round judge. which I think is very valuable in assessing all dogs.

I have had the honour of judging in Sweden many times before including the 30th Anniversery show of the Irish Wolfhound Club so and I am looking forward to the FCI Eurosighthound Show 2014 very much, meeting you all and your hounds....

Slán leat till we meet on May 2014

Marion Finney (Gulliagh)

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