Dogs of Importance…
8 – 9
The first trial I attended after coming to New Zealand was the 1998 New Zealand Championship at Waiuku, south of Auckland, with a solid win to Wingfield Alibi (and with her kennel mate Token placing third). Ali was Joy’s favourite dog, and understandably so. She was a pleasant and more than capable dog with a great report. She gave Joy and Leon some very memorable performances both hunting and trialing. Born in 1990, she was both Novice and Limit Dog of the Year in 1992/ 1993, and she was both Open and Championship Dog of the Year in 1995/1996. She had her FTCh-title long before she won that NZ Ch’ship in ’98. She was also the dog that really made it clear, to Leon and everybody else, that Wingfield was not anymore only producing top English setters. Leon also shared some of the training and handling of Alibi and the other pointers Joy bought or bred.
Joy and Alibi ready to go in a 1996 Easter trial
Leon used Tad of Calchicus (son of Sharnberry Shooter) three times, twice on Wingfield Honey (Sharnberry Shooter – Wingfield Annie) and once on Wingfield Intrigue. The K-litter was Honey’s first, producing dogs like FTCh Wingfield King, Kahu, Kit (important brood bitch in Australia) and Kandy.
Leon gave Kandy to Joy but they shared the training and handling of her. She was a big running dog, who soon got her Q.C. and became a FTCh. She also won the New Zealand Championship in 1987.
Kandy had one litter, which was in 1985 with Sharnberry Quin, producing among others Wingfield Pride Q.C (pictured below). Leon used Pride in 1994 as stud for Wingfield Token’s first litter, producing Wingfield Unique Q.C.
FTCh Wingfield Kandy, Kitty of Kilmacud (Alibi’s mother) & FTCh Wingfield Lace