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Labrador Best In Show

Devenish dog breeder Pam Gregg takes out Best in Show with labrador retriever, Charlie

MONIQUE FREER July 23, 2014 3:01am

Devenish's Pam Gregg with two-year-old Labrador Charlie at the Eighth Labrador Retriever National, where Charlie was named best in show.

A Devenish breeder and her black Labrador have won the ultimate prize at the Eighth Labrador Retriever National competition.

Pam Gregg, from Catraz Labradors, and her two-year-old purebred Labrador Charlie were awarded best in show at the competition held in Queensland on July 10 and 11.

Charlie, whose competition name is Australian Champion Blackrange Sorcerer’s Apprentice, has won several awards previously but never one of this calibre.

‘‘I’ve always done fairly well but this is the absolute top,’’ Ms Gregg said.

‘‘Once you get best in show it doesn’t get any better.’’

Charlie was awarded best in show in a field of 247 exhibits, and also received best opposite in show and best intermediate in show throughout the competition.

The energetic young Labrador was bred by Ms Gregg’s friends Geoff and Trudy Wilson in Wallington.

‘‘We met when they used Charlie’s great-great-grandfather and we’ve been breeding together ever since,’’ Ms Gregg said.

Ms Gregg has been breeding and showing dogs for about 25 years, and began competing seriously about 18 years ago.

‘‘We’ve got six Labradors, all related, which came from the foundation girl Deja Vu and they’re all related to her in some way,’’ she said.

The relationship between the dogs is reinforced with a distinct theme for their competition names. Charlie’s father is named Master Magician, his mother is named Wizard’s Wish, his grandmother is Charmed One and his grandfather is The Wizard.

Ms Gregg said she bred her Labradors to be like the traditional English breed, and also for soundness and temperament.

‘‘They’ve got to be constructed well so they move correctly,’’ Ms Gregg said.

‘‘They’ve got to have a Labrador temperament and be eager to please.’’

Ms Gregg moved from Woodend to Devenish with her partner Stan Pritchett one year ago.

Since he met Ms Gregg, Mr Pritchett has also become a passionate breeder of Labradors and has enjoyed success already.

‘‘Stan’s picked it up and is now showing with Charlie’s son Luther, and he beat me last month at the Deniliquin Show at Albury,’’ Ms Gregg said.

Ms Gregg and Charlie will now turn their attention to their next competition in Albury in August.

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