It must be every exhibitor dream to win any prize card at Crufts, an almost unattainable dream is to win Best of Breed maybe only surpassed by the impossible dream of going through the group and winning Best in Show at the World’s Greatest Dog Show!
So in the ‘Dream’ stakes we are humbled and extremely proud of our exciting and extraordinary breed record here.
As Breeders the males in our Crufts success come in direct line generation after generation and the sense of achievement, we feel by what we consider to be skilled & successful breeding recognised on such a formidable stage is immense.
The Thendara journey started with SHCH Bardonhill Sea Breeze over Thendara who at her first Crufts won a VHC, a card I still have today!
She later became the dam of our first Male Irish Setter SHCH.Thendara Okay Yaa to win Best of Breed in 1996
However, the first big Green edged card was won by our girl Bardonhill Eeny Meeny at Thendara, ‘Mia’ was awarded the bitch Challenge Certificate in 1992, also interesting to note she became the dam of SHCH.Thendara The Tourist Best Of Breed 2001
The silver gilt highly decorated Lonsdale Cup is 13 inches high of classic challenge cup form with fancy detachable cover and scroll handles.It is engraved “ For the best Dog in the Show” the reverse engraved “presented to the Kennel Club by the Earl of Lonsdale” a double tiered plinth & inscription plates are engraved with winners 1912 & 1913, 1920-1938. It was not awarded between 1938 to 1969
The cup was originally awarded to the ‘Best bitch of any breed’ at the Kennel Club show, and in 1932 the only Irish Setter to have won that distinction was the noted CH.Hartsbourne Vanity.
In 1968 the cup was re-presented by The Kennel Club to
Crufts Show for the Best Irish Setter.
Since then all Irish Setter Best of Breeds have had their
names engraved on the cup, we are extremely proud to
know Thendara dogs feature Nine time’s!
It was an exciting experience when the cup was delivered
already engraved by Garrards the London Jewellers.
We believe Don was the last dog to have it physically
awarded, as it is now only kept on display at the Kennel
We feel extremely privileged to have enjoyed so many exciting Crufts. Many Thendara dogs have proudly stood in the placings and a special mention to our other dogs, some of whom are owned in partnership with dear friends of Thendara.
These beautiful dogs have filled us with excitement and pride by winning their classes taking home a coveted Crufts Red Rosette: