‘’Ar ran Pwyllgor  Cymry Ifanc  y Flwyddyn croesawaf chwi yn gynnes i Lanelwedd. Rwyf yn falch o gael cyhoeddi fod Y Kennel Club wedi cynyddu y rhif o gwn gaiff gystadlu o chew deg pedwar  i wyth deg pedwar. Newyddion da.

Gobeithiwn fel Pwyllgor y cwech ddiwrnod da a phleserus yma heddiw.

Edrychwn ymlaen eich gweld yn ol yma flwyddyn nesaf’’

The committee of The Welsh Junior of the Year wish a warm welcome to you all here at Builth Wells, and are pleased to announce that this is the first event that the Kennel Club has allowed the numbers of dogs competing from 64 to 84.

We hope you all have a very enjoyable day and look forward to seeing you all back here in 2017.

Held at the Drovers Court, Montgomery Pavilion, on the Royal Welsh Showground’s on Saturday February 27th 2016.

The event receives sponsorship from a number of generous sources, this year Happy Dog were the main sponsors sending a 20kg sack of food for the main winners and product vouchers for each participating competitor which can be exchanged at a forthcoming event.

The kennel club recently granted permission for events of this type to raise the bar from 64 competing dogs to 84, Welsh Junior 2016 is the first ever event to have more than 64 dogs competing.

Dorwest Veterinary products donated a five pound voucher to each competitor; who additionally received the traditional Welsh slate coasters and a complimentary rosette.

Richard Morris and Ken Andrew also support this event and indeed work hard for it, with Ken commentating on the individual breed standards and history throughout with Steve Jones speaking in welsh as Richard Morris was unable to attend due to judging commitments abroad this year.

Celebration printed the Rosettes, certificates and catalogues which this year were A5 colour with half a page per dog including pedigree and details about the dogs themselves.

Other sponsors were, Our Dogs, Dog World, and Heath Veterinary group.

Drovers court on the RWAS site is a super building, and this year it was once again laid out with thought, white railed picket fenced ring, blue and yellow flowers and the welsh flags were prominently displayed on the Judging table and commentators tables alike.

Lunch was served next with an excellent menu choice of vegetarian or traditional dishes, followed by puddings of delight.

Group A was judged by Mark Cocozza and his choice was won by a Pyrenean mountain dog Charibere Simply Magic at Chezanna,  handled by Co Owner,  Louise Bermingham, also owned by Christine Kenyon & Arthur Ward from Kington in Herefordshire, who went onto win the reserve title.

Res in group A was the miniature poodle dog Jayandri New Tricks JW owned and bred by Mr & Mrs Whitehead from Builth wells.

Group B was judged by Liz Stannard who was returning from 2010 to Judge the event for a second time and her choice was won by Siberian Husky, Amical Trojan owned by the James’s from Newbridge and handled today by Caroline Friend-Rees, his co-breeder with her husband Anthony Rees, who won the coveted title Welsh Junior of the Year 2016.

Res in group B was the borzoi dog Stubbylkee Kabrett at Julam owned by Julie & Graham Smith from Conwy, and handled by Lisa Mair Jones.

Report: Zara Boyle