Before a blink of the eye, does 2016 appear to have its Nike speed runners on? We are half way through January already, how did that happen. Think we had better all get in training as it is going to take some gusto to keep up at this rate of knots.
Open shows to report on this week as the Pap folk have been flying the flag in great style. Karen Diprose is carrying on from her superb wins at the recent shows with another success at Ashford Faversham DCS. Here it was a first time judging appointment for one of our breed specialists Mr Jon Caton (Henrix), this must have been an exciting day for him. On this occasion he found his BOB to be Karen’s Powdermill Look Here at Lilacrose who then did him proud by taking a TGP4 under Chris Wright.
Susie & Margaret Orchard went along to Taunton DCA at the Wellsprings Leisure Centre just into the New Year. A double win for the Papillons at this show, both the TGP and TPGP saw Paps in the line up. That’s what I call a result. Susie & Margaret’s import Ger Ch Alex’ Eye Of The Tiger at Panspayon (Imp Swe) took a TGP4 and Sue Stanbury youngster Inixia Hot Stuff had a lovely win taking a TPGP1. Miss Aileen Coull (Vardenais) was both the breed and group judge.
Carlisle has been to the forefront of the news recently with the devastation that the floods have caused; our heart goes out to those that have suffered the circumstances of flooding in their homes or businesses. It is a long drawn out recovery period; I hope everyone affected has adequate support to help them back on their feet.
However a little moment of normality as Carlisle DCA put on their Open Show and Sue Deamer went along to exhibit. Brilliant day for Sue, she took TGP1 with her little one Grinsdales Sweet Caroline at Bankshill. Jenny MacAlpine judged the breed and group. Congratulations to everyone.
Next week I will be reporting on the first of our 2016 Championship shows at Boston, which is held at The East of England Showground. Mr Michael Quinney is judging the Paps. Lets us hope the weather was kind, as for most exhibitors it is not an easy journey.
Just saying! The countdown for Crufts begins… Only eight weeks to go.