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José Cornelisse (1948 - 2016)
Mondorf-les-Bains, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
I was very impressed the first time I saw X-Files Fionnmaë. He was only 11 months old; a strong, well boned young man, high on his legs with a strong neck, low hocks and a long tail. He seemed to have a very nice character too. He moved with great stride and he had a kind of attitude that gave him that little extra. José explained me that his brother Xecel had been the pick of the litter. X-Files was the little left over, the one nobody had chosen because he was much smaller than the rest. That same day I asked his owner to put my bitch Sinead of Beltine on his mating list for the future. He did mate her as his first bitch in August 1997. He mated his second bitch Tylwyth of Beltine, owned by Christa Penxten, a few days later. Tylwyth delivered her puppies 3 days sooner than planned and Sinead took her time and delivered 5 days later than planned (day 68 from the last mating). We always laughed about it; I was so proud to have the first bitch he mated… but she was not the one that gave birth to his first litter.
In 1998 at the Brussels expo, X-Files Fionnmaë became best of breed under the Irish judge and breeder: Linda Gover. He went on to win Best of show that day. It was rather remarkable that Tylwyth of Beltine, the bitch he mated, became BOS at this expo and their daughter, Valley of Tylwyth Teg, became best puppy. This is what Linda Gover wrote afterwards:
« It was a great privilege and pleasure (despite a very debilitating migraine and allergic rhinitis) to see and go over so many undoubtedly top-quality Wolfhounds, and to watch my Best of Breed
go on from his Group win to take the ultimate accolade of Best in Show. I thought X-Files Fionnmaë a spectacular show dog as I watched him in the huge main ring where, with great dignity,
he was obviously enjoying the admiration of the crowd and the freedom to really get into his stride. With his very clever yet unobtrusive handler he made a breathtaking picture which will live
with me for a long time. My warmest congratulations to his owner/breeder. Congratulations also to my other star –Vincent of Beltine- the Best Youth in Show. I really liked this young dog and
believe he will mature into a top class hound. For me it was almost unbelievable that Wolfhounds should take both top honours at such a huge and important show – a dream come true for any breed
Linda Gover, Owenmore Irish Wolfhounds, Ireland.
X-Files Fionnmaë continued to have a great show career, gaining several titles, becoming a multi-champion and winning several Best in Shows. In 2000 he became World Winner in Italy and we were proud that the reserve CC went to our Vayu of Beltine. X-Files became second in group there too.
He gave us 5 lovely bitches and one gorgeous male and I am still proud I have used him.
Pictures courtesy Rainer Sticht (Tir na n'Og), Dora Knapen (of Beltine)
X-Files Fionnmaë, junior