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Adrienne Thomas

I first attended training classes at the age of 9 with our family Labrador.
I went on to share my life for the last 43 years exhibiting racing and lure coursing & modelling with our hounds.

I exhibited my Afghans Hounds in the '90,s where they were successful in the ring.
I took a break from showing due to work commitments and the fact my bitch was not happy in the ring so we decided to take her racing, every weekend.
She went on to become a UK Supreme Racing Champion breaking track records all over the country.

In 2002 I was diagnosed with a progressive degenerate muscle wasting and skin disease. Polymyositis and Systemic Sclerosis and Raynaud's. This took some time to come to terms with. Sadly it put an end to my exhibiting.

In 2003 AUDIGIER Kennels was formed comprising of Altside Blue Fusion & Altside Paparazzi. Sadly we lost Altside Paparazzi to a rare genetic illness at the age of 3.
In 2012 Audigier imported Agha Djaris Fast Love @ Audigier who has secured her UK Stud Book Number and multiple wins in France & Luxembourg and is a SBIS winner in Germany. She has just secured her German Champion title and we look forward to gaining her International title shortly.
We hope to start our breeding programme in 2017.
Audigier Kennels has also imported Agha Djaris Lonesome Cowboy @ Audiger who we have high hopes for in the coming years.

I am a member of the Kennel Club.
I judge at Breed Specialist level.
I have also taught at a West London Ring Craft class for the last three years. Over the last 5 years I have traveled around the world gaining experience of handling techniques and styles. I hope to relay this to the members to give them confidence and professionalism in the show ring.

Finally I would just like to say that from any early age I have had a passion for all breeds of dogs.
It's seems only natural for me to be working with them and I enjoy every moment of it. You never stop learning!



During the run-up to Crufts, Ringcraft will run until 10.00 pm on Tuesdays

Triathlon + 1. 2017

Our Triathlon Plus 1 took place on July 16th. Congratulations to the winning team, Little & Large. Full results and photos on the Latest News page.

Letter to us from Waggy Tails

Last year's charity, read it here...

Missing Dogs

It's devastatng if your dog goes missing, but remember there are people who will help you. Contact DogLost (Link on the left column of our home page) your local Dog Warden and your dog's microchip organisation straight away.
More advice Here...


Term Times


The first term of 2018 started on January 8th. Fees ahould have been paid.

Class fees vary and are payable by the term. Please contact us for details.


Enquiries for Agility in 2018 Here...



Ringcraft is on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm. Classes have now stopped for Christmas and will re-start January 9th 2018

Class fee 5 per dog. Payable weekly.

Our Current Charity for 2017/2018 is...

Waggy Tails


Success for Sarah Collins with Eric and Elsie at the Boston and District Canine Society Champ Show

CH Sammara Over The Moon (Eric) 1st Veteran Dog & Best Veteran in Breed (Sire of BCC & RBCC)

Luna de Chester at Kingswud JW (Elsie) 1st Graduate Bitch & RBCC


I'm sure all our club members will be delighted for Adrienne Thomas, the club's ring craft trainer, and Kensey Wright, owners of Lucias, their Afghan Hound.


Lucius was entered in the World Show, the German Winners Show and the German Breed Club Show Sight Hound Speciality. In all these events, Lucius was ably handled by Kensey.

The results for this winning partnership were...

World Show:
1st Open Class CAC Reserve best male res CACIB.
Breeders Stakes 2nd. Approx 50 entries all breeds.

German Winners Show:
1st Open Class CAC Reserve best male res CACIB.

German Breed Club, Sight Hound Speciality:
Best of Breed CAC Best in Show




More success for Sarah Collins and Elsie as we know her at Club, but to give her official name Luna de Chester at Kingswud (IMPFR) won Graduate Bitch and was Reserve Best Bitch in Show at the Eastern Bearded Collie Association Open show.
Sarah and Elsie


Ringcraft Match 12th September 2017

The following dogs caught the eye of our judge Kevin Holly, and we would like to take the opportunity of thanking Kevin for giving up his evening to judge our Match.

Puppy class 1st and Best in Show. Linda Whittington and Bramble the Sheltie

Junior 1st. Jane McCourt and Dylan the Bedlington Terrier

Post Graduate and Handling class 1st plus Reserve Best in Show.
Helen Johnstone and Obi the Short Haired Wheaten Terrier

Open 1st. Vanessa Sultana with Golly Brian and Diane Goodall’s Briard Golly

Obi and Bramble
Obi and Bramble with judge Kevin Holly




KC Registered Name “Loofahsa Fiamma Rouxboos
Owners Helen and Rory Johnstone

On Saturday 19 August at the Welsh Kennel Club Champion Show
Toff the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in her first Open Bitch Class was 1st and went on to take The Reserve Bitch Challenge Certificate.

Well Done and Congratulations




KC R Registered Name “Zentaur To Those Who Wait
Owners Rosie and Glenn Canning

On Saturday 5th August The Newfoundland Club and The Northern Newfoundland Club eachran an open show in adjoining halls at Stoneleigh. you could enter either or both – Nigel was entered in both.

In the Northern show he was 1st in Minor Puppy out of 5 entries. In the main show he was again 1st in Minor Puppy out of 6 entries he then won Best Dog Puppy and then Best Puppy in Show!!!

When the two shows are over all the BIS winners go in for the ‘Grand’ titles and NIGEL WON ‘GRAND BEST PUPPY IN SHOW’

NIgel does it again, 1st Puppy Dog Bournemouth Championship Show.

Line up.  Nigel on the right.
Nigel is on the right in this line up.
Photo © Paul Dodd

Photo © Paul Dodd


Club member Sarah Collins with her Bearded Collie, Luna de Chester at Kingswud (IMPFR) JW (Elsie) won her last yearling class at Windsor Show and was also the Reserve CC.
Sarah Collins
Sarah Collins with her Bearded Collie


Ringcraft Match Nights 2017

Tuesday 11 July
Tuesday 12 September
Tuesday 21 November

The matches will start at 7.30 and entries will be taken from 7.00.
All welcome.


Crufts 2017


Sue & Jane McCourt Bedlington Terrier Dylan PD 1st
Bertie LD VHC GCDSD 2nd

Kensey Wright & Adrienne Thomas Afghan Hound Lucius Spl Yearling 1st

Brenda Marston PGBV JB 2nd

Debbie Parrish Rhodesian Ridgebacks Eilah PGB Ist
and Reserve Bitch Challenge Certificate

Garth Smith Affenpinschers Jumble VD 2nd Junior PD 2nd

Linda Barker Standard Poodle Summer PB 5th

Liz Daniell Standard Poodle Snugs PGD 5th

Sarah Collins Beardie Eric OD 3rd

Lucie Allan Finnish Laphund Monttu JD 5th

Brian & Diane Goodall Briard Lilac PGB 4th

Christine Maynard Norwegian Buhund Orlov JD 1st

Pawel & Magda Radosz Akita Crystal PGB 5th

Helen & Rory Johnstone SCWT Obi PGD 2nd

Anne Vatcher Large Munsterlander Gertie JB VHC

Deidre Thomas Cavalier King Charles Spaniel PGD 5th

Shih-chi Chen ‘Chi’ Chihuahua Basil 1st Limit Dog

Ilona Ras Mastiff Mia MPB 2nd

Eric - CH Sammara Over The Moon
Sarah Collins and Eric - CH Sammara Over The Moon. 3rd in Open Dog.

Sarah at Crufts
Sarah at Crufts with Eric and Elsie


Sue and Jane McCourt's Dylan

Shih-chi Chen and Basil
Shih-chi Chen with Basil (and new baby!)

Shih-chi Chen and Basil
Shih-chi Chen and Basil

Debbis Parrish's Noah (Rottzridge Mad About The Boy)

Eilah (Rottzridge Me And My Girl)
Debbie Parish's Eilah (Rottzridge Me And My Girl)

Adrienne Thomas & Kensy Wright Afghan Hound Lucious


Brian and Diane's Lilac
Brian & Diane Goodall Briard Lilac

Anne Vatcher's Gertie
Anne Vatcher's Gertie

Rory & Helen's Obi
Rory & Helen's Obi

Wheaten Terriers
Picture © Yulia Titovets, official Crufts photographer

Lucie Hansen's beautifully behaved Monttu was placed 5th in Junior.


Our members at Crufts 2017


Bob & Colleen Neilly – Weller (Afghan)
Sue & Jane McCourt – Bertie & Dylan (Bedlington Terrier)
Kensey Wright & Adrienne Thomas – Iraida & Lucius (Afghan Hound)
Brenda Marston – Daisy (PGBV)
Debbie Parrish – Noah & Eilah (Rhodesian Ridgeback)
Rory & Helen Johnstone - Obi, Baxter & Toffee (Short Coated Wheaten Terrier)

Garth Smith – Jumble, Josie & Junior (Affenpinscher)
Stuart Band & Cindy McCarthy – Stevie (Minature Poodle)
Linda Barker – Summer (Standard Poodle)
Linda Barker & Liz Daniell – Snugs (Standard Poodle)
James Barker – Disney (Minature Schnauzer)
Pawel & Magda Radosz – Cassie & Crystal (Akita)

Mike & Frances Mayne – Bryn (Flatcoat Retriever)
Ann Vatcher – Gertie (Large Munsterlander)
Helen Johnstone handling for Silkcroft in the Breeders competition (Short Coated Wheaten Terrier)

Lucie Hansen – Monnttu (Finnish Laphund)
Brian & Diane Goodall – Lilac (Briard)
Christine Maynard – Orlov (Norwegian Buhund)
Ilona Ras – Mia & Tessa (Bull Mastiff)
Hazel Szmidt – Hannah (Bearded Collie)
Sarah Collins – Eric & Elsie (Bearded Collie)


Allison Burrows and Emma are competing in the final of the Kennel Club Good Citizens Special Pre-Beginner Competition on Saturday.


Ringcraft Match

Ringcraft had a Match on 28th Feb which was a great success.

The judge was Sue Garner. 28 dogs entered.

Winner of Best Puppy - Agnes Szabadkai with Gracie the Boxer
Winner of Best Junior - Garth Smith with Junior the Affenpinscher
Winner of Post Graduate - Anne Wright with Rosie the Beardie
Winner of Open - Brian Goodall and Golly the Briard
Winner of Handling class - Helen Johnstone and Baxter.
Best In Show - Agnes Szabadkai with Gracie the Boxer
Reserve Best In Show - Brian Goodall and Golly the Briard

Thank you to Anne Wright for these photos of the evening...

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017

Ringcraft Match 28th Feb 2017



It takes all sorts to make up a Ring Craft class.

Little and Large Little and Large
“Dignity and Impudence”

News of a Success

Matias van der Heijden (Monia's son) has been entered in the JHA (Junior Handling Association) semifinals in Richmond on 6th September, as he qualified on 8/12/2013 in Maidenhead & District Canine Society Show with their groenendael Janneka.

Matias and Janneka
Matias and Janneka, who also won the BIS at Maidenhead


Crufts Qualifers 2015


KC Registered Name: Ch Sammara Over The Moon
Pet Name: Eric
Owner/s: Mr D & Mrs S Collins
Qualifying Show: RCC Ladies Kennel Association 2011



Kennel name: Whiteway Motorway Madness
Pet name: Baxter
Owners: Rory & Helen Johnstone
Qualifying show: 2nd PGD Welks

Baxter in full stride


Crufts Qualifers 2014


KC Registered Name: Pelyma General Grievous
Pet Name: Domino
Owner: Helen Butcher
Qualifying Show: City of Birmingham 2013




KC Registered Name: Burmington Hush A Bye
Pet Name: Bertie
Owner/s: Jane & Sue McCourt
Qualifying Show: 1st PD National Terrier Show



Pet Name: Yip
Owner: Moina Van der Heijden
Qualifying Show: 2nd LD Crufts 2013



Pet Name: Janneka
Owner: Moina Van der Heijden
Qualifying Show: RCC Paignton 2013



Pet Name: Brynmor
Qualifying Show: 2nd PGD Three Counties


Pet Name: Rubens
Qualifying Show: 2nd MPD Welks

Owner/s: Mike and Frances Mayne

Brynmor and Rubens
Brynmor (left) and Rubens