Selmalda News

Ladies Kennel Association - Doing the Double!


Lesley, Jacqui & I are just home after a wonderful day at the final show of the campaign, Ladies Kennel Association. Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy - 1st Open Dog, DCC and BOB. Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori - 1st Open Bitch and BCC. Sincere thanks to breed judge Kevin Young for thinking so highly of our Danes and for his lovely comments after judging. Guy put in a sterling performance in the group under Stuart J Mallard and was awarded WORKING GROUP 2 in exceptional company. (Jr. Cr. Ch. Am. Ch. King Arthur De Casaarabal X Ch. Selmalda ZiZi’s Journey J.W.) Judge Kevin Young’s critique - Open 1st Chappell’s Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy. The star of the day. It was a pleasure to go over this Brindle male. Beautiful clean head, dark eye and alert expression. Slightly arched neck flowing into a well balanced body. He has strength and elegance which he demonstrated while moving. Presented in super form condition. CC & BOB. Thrilled to see him win G2. Judge Kevin Young’s critique - Open 1st Chappell’s Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori. Delighted to award this bitch CC. Gorgeous clean head. Correct eye giving an alert expression. Neck falling into excellent shoulders with depth and length of body. Immaculate condition. Just preferred the movement on the male CC winner for BOB. My pleasure to award her the CC.



We just love Irish Ch. Selmalda After All At Sundasac - dont you?

Belfast DSS Success


Lesley and I have had a super day in Belfast. Aside from the showing we've had a lovely time with Fiona & Andy talking Danes, drinking fizz and capturing some wonderful photo memories. Thank you so much for Margot's Champion Breeder Certificate - so proud! The results are in Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy - 2nd Open Dog and RDCC. Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori - 1st Open Bitch, BCC (#6) and BOB from Keith Baldwin. Working Group shortlist, final 6, under Jackie Stubbs. Fiona & Andy, with their our newly crowned Ir. Ch. Selmalda After All, was 2nd in Open and considered for the RCC. Thanks Andy for the photos! Great to catch up with everyone today, well done on your awards. Judge Keith Baldwins critique - Open 1st Chappell's Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori. 18 months old Fawn with dark shaded muzzle, elegant throughout of top quality, head of good length and strength, scissor bite, brown eyes of medium size, ears set on high, clean neck well arched fitting smoothly into her body, ribs well sprung and deep, front legs straight with big flat bone, stands on good feet, muscular hindquarters with good turn of stifle and hocks set low, on the move she is in tune with her handler holding her head high and covering the ground well, BCC and BOB. I was pleased to see her shortlisted in the Working Group.

Dane of the Year


**DANE OF THE YEAR 17/10/21** Yearling Dog 1st Chappells Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy, Brindle. His head has parallel planes and length with darkest of eyes, ears sit well and are used to perform great expression. Front not over or underdone with shoulders of good angulations. He has tight feet set on straight legs and flat bone. Rib cage springy and of correct length for body type. Over his rear he has ample muscle. He moves! He performs a laid back action yet with power pushing from his rear and reach, foot placement during movement never off straight coming and going and easy. My BEST DOG on the day. Heather Dyson (Judge).

Success Over The Border


It was an early start on a very wet day to Border Union AS where breed judge Ken Humphries was appointed. It was the last Junior classes for both Guy and Lori and both ended their campaign on a high. Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy won his Junior class and in the challenge was awarded the RCC. Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori also won her Junior class and in the challenge was awarded her 5th CC and ultimately BOB. She is pictured here with judge Ken Humphries. We can always rely on Lori to put in a good performance and she certainly did that in the Group. John Ritchie was the judge and clearly he spotted Lori early on - she went on to claim WORKING Group 1. Judge Ken Humphries critique - Junior 1st Chappell's Selmalda Oh Lori. What a lovely female, well put together, carrying just the right amount of weight. Lovely expression, correct front assembly, good angulation helped her move like a dream. (I note that she went on to win the Group).

Oh Lori - Group 1


Working Group Judge John Ritchies critique - Group 1 SELMALDA OH LORI (AI) Breed: Great Dane (MS L & MR A Chappell) - this magnificent Fawn Dane caught my eye as she entered the group and she certainly didnt disappoint me when going over her what you see is what you get and I was more than happy with her overall quality and excellent conformation she has a super head, such a noble expression but totally retaining her femininity super balanced skull with dark well shaped eyes, correct ears and overall I loved her expression, correct for mouth, beautiful crested neck leading to super wither placement, equal upper arm to shoulder length creating the correct angulation, tight elbows, super pro-sternum just right for her age, strong straight front legs and tight feet with flexible pasterns, enough depth of chest with correct spring of rib, strong topline, sloping croup leading to lovely long tail, super bend of stifle with neat strong powerful hocks, she was so sound out and back and showed a powerful collected side gait in total unison with her owner another who must surely gain her title soon and am sure will go onto have a great show career.

Clean Sweep at EEGDC!


Days dont come much better than this! Lesley and I headed to the East of England GDC Championship Show where judge Jannette Al-Kudsi had drawn an entry of 70 Danes making 78 entries. Ch. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Open Dog, DCC (5th) and BIS. Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori - 1st Junior Bitch, BCC (4th) and RBIS. Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy - 1st Junior Dog and RCC. Ch. Selmalda Liza Jane - 1st Open Bitch and RCC. Sincere appreciation to the judge, many thanks to all who congratulated us with special thanks to Jacqui who stepped back into the ring to support (winning a CC/RCC!)! Meanwhile, at the Irish GDC Championship Show, Fiona and Andys Selmalda After All At Sundasac, owned in partnership with Lesley and I, won her final Green Star and BIS under Billy Henderson - new Irish Champion! What a day! Judge Jannette Al-kudsi critique - Open Dog 1st Chappell’s Ch. Selmalda Ricochet. Was pleased to at last have my hands on this boy and I wasn’t disappointed. Lovely masculine head, dark eye and a good ear set. Just enough chest with straight front. Nice reach of neck into correct shoulder lay. Deep chest and god topline, strong rear. Moved as he should, very much a male. Happy to award him the CC and BOB. Would do the same again. Judge Jannette Al-kudsi critique - Junior Dog 1st Chappell’s Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy. Although standing alone I readily gave this boy 1st and the RCC. Lovely head, dark mask and eye, very much the male. Good reach of neck, clean front with good tuck up. Good depth of thigh allowing lovely movement. Being Brindle he still has a long way to go, well handled. RCC. Judge Jannette Al-kudsi critique - Junior Bitch 1st Chappell’s Selmalda Oh Lori. Good strong head with a dark eye and good ear set. Nice length of neck with correct shoulder, nice tuck up with nice length of body, leading to correct angulation of thigh. Moved with ease, happy to award her the CC. Judge Jannette Al-kudsi critique - Open Bitch 1st Chappell’s Ch. Selmalda Liza Jane. Outstanding Fawn bitch, lovely expression with good head and ears set correctly. Good length of neck leading to correct shoulder. Strong back with nice tuck up. Level back and a good second thigh. Moved as I hoped she would, just needs time to mature. RCC.

Irish GDC - Back To Back Shows


Yesterday was a day to remember! At the first Championship Shows since Covid our Dane Club held two shows, first judge was Billy Henderson who awarded Margot her 7th Green Star and, subject to IKC confirmation, she now has her CHAMPION title. To top it off Margot went on to win Best In Show and huge thanks to Billy for thinking so highly of her! At the second show, under judge Margaret O'Sullivan, Margot won her 8th Green Star, Best Fawn and RBIS! Thanks to everyone for the support yesterday and well done to all the other winners! Thanks to judges, Dione Fitzsimons , Lourdes Carvajal , Robert Edison, Alyson Small, Mr E Drudi and Carsten Birk for her other Green Stars. Now Irish Champion Selmalda After All At Sundasac.

A lovely day at Darlington.


A lovely day at Darlington for Lesley and I - gorgeous weather, great atmosphere and super company. Some great results too. Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy - 1st Junior Dog, RCC & Winner of Eukanuba RCC/BOS Winners Dog (Working). Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori - 1st Junior Bitch, RCC & Winner of Eukanuba RCC/BOS Winners Bitch (Working). DOB 10/04/20 (Jr. Cr. Ch. Am. Ch. King Arthur De Casaarabal X Ch. Selmalda ZiZi's Journey J.W.) Ch. Selmalda Ricochet - 4th Open Dog DOB 03/09/18 (Am. Ch. Rojons Legendary Kiss Kiss V Svevo X Ch. Selmalda ZiZi's Journey J.W.) Sincere thanks to breed judge Ann Ingram and Stakes judge Mark James for thinking so highly of our Danes. Well done to all the other winners on the day!

Our Dogs Feature


A lovely quarter of a page feature following the success the previous week with Guy, Lori and Rico. So proud of their achievements.

Driffield CDSS


At Driffield CDSS we had Hilary Baker officiating. Hilary awarded Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy first in his Junior Dog class and then the DCC, his sixth. Naturally we were delighted when he claimed Best of Breed. In the Group it was Francis Kaye officiating and following a wonderful performance he was awarded the WORKING Group 2 place. What a day. Judge Hilary Baker's critique - Junior Dog (2,1) 1. Mrs Lesley Chappell & Mr. A., Selmalda Jealous Guy (AI). A 16 month brindle dog. An impressive, beautifully marked brindle, not too dark and not too light. Pleasing head shape in proportion to the size of his body with level head planes, square drop of lip and a dark eye of good shape. His strong clean neck flows into well laid shoulders. His depth of chest reaches his elbows with a well filled fore chest again in proportion to his size. Good length of second thigh with well-set hocks. This boy exudes elegance and strength and takes your eye as he powers around the ring. Very pleased to award him first in this class, DCC and BOB. I enjoyed watching him represent our breed in the working group where he won WG2. Congratulations on your wins today and I am sure he has many more to come. Working Group Judge Francis Kayes critique - Chappells Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy (Great Dane). Elegant Brindle male, still a Junior, used his neck to show off his stunning shape and balanced head planes, gentle expressive eye, firm in loin, well-muscled front and rear tight feet, moved freely with smooth action, watch out when he is fully mature.



At Blackpool CDS we only had Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy entered where breed judge Gary Hooker was appointed. He duly awarded him first in Junior Dog and the RCC. He then won the Best Junior in Breed award. Leading Hound specialist, Graham Hill, judged the Junior Working Group and Guy went and topped the lot from 18 exhibits. Down to the last seven where Liz Stannard was appointed. Guy put in a sterling performance, enhanced by his super ringside support, and duly got the nod for BEST JUNIOR IN SHOW. BEST IN SHOW judge Liz Stannard's critique - BEST JUNIOR Selmalda Jealous Guy, good size and shape, muscular but no sign of coarseness. Well carried strong head. Very well muscled rear with plenty of drive, covered the ground well with that springy movement the breed have even though they are such a large dog. Very promising.

NEW CHAMPION Selmalda Oh Lori


NEW CHAMPION Selmalda Oh Lori 3 CC 2 BIS. DOB 10/04/20 (Jr. Cr. Ch. Am. Ch. King Arthur De Casaarabal X Ch. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W.). What a two weeks it has been for Lesley with Lori! Lori went BIS at The Great Dane Club under Joanne Walton and the next day at Paignton won her second CC under Marion Sargent. Exactly two weeks after winning her first CC she won her third and qualifying CC at the Northern GDC where Jim Sneddon officiated. On all three occasions she has done the double with either her brother Guy or half brother Rico. What a year 2021 is turning out to be. Judge Angie Challengers critique - Open 1st Chappells Ch. Selmalda Ricochet, just under 3 years, what an amazing Dam from this breeder, she has produced so much quality in her offspring. This boy was super, his lovely long head of correct width and balance, carried by a perfectly arched neck which ran into excellent shoulder layback and something so lacking these days a good length and layback of upper arm, correct depth and spring of rib, strong loin and balanced angulation of the rear, all coming together in his flowing powerful movement. Delighted to award him the DCC and RBIS. An addition here was for the BIS decision, gee, same mother as my dog and I fell for her straight away, loved her. Judge Jim Sneddon's critique - Junior Bitch, 1st and CC Lesley Chappells Selmalda Oh Lori , well put together bitch with nicely chiseled head, dark eyes, good ear carriage. Nice angles all round with well muscled rear, level topline on the move and moved out well.

Northern Great Dane Club


The Northern had a back to back with Blackpool and had two breed judges appointed. Angela Challenger judged the males and awarded Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy first in Junior Dog and Ch. Selmalda Ricochet first in Open Dog. In the dog challenge Rico was awarded his 4th CC. Jim Sneddon looked over the bitches and Selmalda Oh Lori topped her Junior class. Lori never fails to disappoint and in the challenge was awarded her third and qualifying CC for her Champion title.Both judges agreed that Lori was BIS, her second award in as many weeks, and Rico was RBIS and BOS.

Paignton DFA - doing the double!


All the way down to Paignton where Marion Sargent was officiating for the first time. Another super set of results with Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy winning Junior and eventually the CC and BOB. Ch. Selmalda Ricochet topped Open. In bitches, fresh from her first CC the day before, Selmalda Oh Lori won Junior and was later awarded her second CC whilst Ch. Selmalda Liza Jane was third in Open. Into the Working Group, where Ernie Paterson was officiating, and it was a respectable WORKING Group 3 amongst strong competition for our young Brindle Guy. Needless to say we floated home on cloud nine.

The Great Dane Club Championship Show


What a day at the parent Club's Championship Show. Selmalda Oh Lori won her Junior class under Joanne Walton and later was awarded the Challenge Certificate, her first. Ch. Selmalda Liza Jane was third in Open Bitch. Ric Beall judged the males and awarded Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy top honours in his Junior class and not to be outdone Ch. Selmalda Ricochet won Open. In the challenge Ric awarded Guy the CC and Rico the RCC - it doesn't get any better than that. Both judges agreed on all joint decisions and Selmalda Oh Lori was declared BEST IN SHOW with Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy winning RESERVE BEST IN SHOW and BEST OPPOSITE SEX. Judge Joanne Walton’s critique - Junior Bitch 1st Chappell’s Selmalda Oh Lori, 16 month old, what a bitch! She oozed quality from head to toe. Alert expression and beautiful head planes, darkest of eye, correct mouth, strong jaw. Well arched neck into laid back shoulders, sloped back with elbows tucked under her body. In perfect condition - moved so sound, covering the ground with drive and carrying her head high. I was extremely pleased to award Adam & Lesley Chappell the CC with their Fawn bitch, she by far stood out from the crowd and made sure she didn’t go unnoticed throughout her whole time in the ring. She is the pinnacle of how a Great Dane bitch of her age should look and perform and is an example to many others - I would have gladly taken her home! Judge Ric Beall's critique - Junior Dog (4 1) 1. Chappell's Selmalda Jealous Guy (AI). Stylish brindle dog of 16 months who commanded attention. With his excellent length of leg and corresponding short back he was of excellent balance and stood foursquare. Whilst he has elegance, his good size, strength of bone and substance ensured there was no compromise to his masculinity. In profile he has a lovely head shape, good skull to muzzle ratio, correct stop, strength of jaw and square drop of lip. Front on muzzle is of good width but I would have preferred more chiselling to face. Pleasing length of neck into a well developed front and correct shoulder placement. Textbook topline and underline with belly well drawn up. He could have perhaps been a touch stronger in croup but in mitigation he has well developed thighs providing a turn of stifle. It was on the move that he really came into his own with terrific, lithe, ground covering stride, his back level and head held high. In the challenge, despite still having some maturing to do, he out moved all other contenders, pulling out all the stops to take the Dog CC, Reserve Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex.

NEW CHAMPION Selmalda Jealous Guy


NEW CHAMPION Selmalda Jealous Guy 3 CC 2 BOB 1 RCC DOB 10/04/20 (Jr. Cr. Ch. Am. Ch. King Arthur De Casaarabal X Ch. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W.). What a two weeks it has been for Lesley and I - 3 new Champions! Guy won back 2 back CCs on the same day yesterday at Bath CS and the South Western GDC and achieves his title. Our first home bred Brindle male! Sincere thanks to Jeff Horswell, Andrea Lowood-Price and Rosemary Lord for his 3CCs. Thanks to Maxine for the photo.

Bath CS - Andrea Lowood-Price


A super day at Bath CS where Selmalda Jealous Guy and Ch. Selmalda Ricochet won their respective Junior and Open classes. In the Challenge Guy was awarded his second CC with Rico collecting the RCC. In bitches Selmalda Oh Lori was 2nd in Junior and Ch. Selmalda Liza Jane was 2nd in Open behind the eventual CC winner (a daughter of Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W.). Fair to say our judge appreciated the type. Caroline Friend-Rees judged the Working Group and at a tender 15 months of age Guy was awarded WORKING GROUP 2 - we floated home. Judge Andrea Lowood-Prices critique - Junior Dog Chappell’s Selmalda Jealous Guy. 15 month old Brindle, good head in proportion, dark eye, good ear carriage, good reach of neck into correct lay of shoulder, tuck up and top line, good depth of chest, well angulated, moved and handled well, pleased to award him DCC, BOB. Looked well in the Group. Judge Caroline Rees Amical’s Group critique- Group 2 – The Great Dane, Selmalda Jealous Guy(AI) owned by Ms & Mr L Chappell, Could not deny this young 15 month old male group 2. Well muscled and perfectly angulated to enable him to cover the ground well with free easy strides and driving from the rear. Deep brisket down to elbow and strong topline . Masculine yet still the required elegance and grace.

South Western GDC - Rosemary Lord


Another successful show! Selmalda Jealous Guy won his Junior class whilst Ch. Selmalda Ricochet was 2nd in Open. In the challenge Guy was awarded his 3rd and crowning CC. Selmalda Oh Lori was 2nd in Junior, and was called into the line up to challenge for the RCC, and Ch. Selmalda Liza Jane topped the Open class. Guy was awarded Reserve BEST IN SHOW and BOS. Thanks to Maxine for capturing the moment. Judge Rosemary Lord’s critique - Junior (3,1). Chappell’s Selmalda Jealous Guy, 16 month old Brindle that caught my eye with excellent make of shape. Nice head planes, good reach of neck, good reach of neck, good lay of shoulder, strong hindquarters. Moved with drive and spring, certainly one to watch in the future. Fell in love with this super Brindle boy, although young, has everything going for him. Delighted to be told after judging this was his 3rd CC. Also went on to win 2nd in the Working Group for Bath’s Dane judge. Congratulations.

WOW WOW WOW - Leeds Championship Dog Show


Lesley and I still cannot believe what has happened today! Double CCs and two new CHAMPIONS (subject to KC approval)! Our 18th and 19th bred UK Selmalda Champions! Ch. Selmalda Ricochet DOB 03/09/18 (Am. Ch. Rojons Legendary Kiss Kiss V Svevo x Ch. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W.) Ch. Selmalda Liza Jane DOB 03/09/18 (Am. Ch. Rojons Legendary Kiss Kiss V Svevo x Ch. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W.) Sincere thanks to judge Stuart Payne for thinking so highly of them both. Rico put in a special performance in the Group under Rodney Oldham and was shortlisted to the final 8! Thank you to everyone for their kind words today and well done all the other winners. Judge Stuart Payne’s critique - Open 1st Chappell’s Selmalda Ricochet. Excellent head proportions, well placed ears, dark expressive eye, balanced foreface and clean profile. Excellent neck carriage, clean outline. Well bodied with correct bone and feet. In hard condition, super movement and carrying himself so well at all times. Delighted to award him the CC which I later discovered made him up. BOB. Judge Stuart Payne’s critique - Open 1st Chappell’s Selmalda Liza Jane. Oozes style, super feminine head, excellent proportions and melting expression. Tight lips and super head profile. Super neck carriage, outline, bone and body. Tight feet, level topline. Effortless movement, carrying herself well at all times. Litter sister to my BOB and delighted to award the crowning CC on the day, just like her brother.