Southern Counties Championship Show at Thatcham, near Newbury, a show that you need to put best foot forward and feet up at the end of the day. If your ring is situated at the wrong end of the ever ending marquee, rings numbered 1-30, then it is a long marathon to locate certain amenities. Unfortunately for Paps they drew the short straw with ring 29. For anyone with walking difficulties it must be a nightmare and my heart goes out to them. Putting this aside the show is extremely well run, the rings in/out are of a good size and trolley spaces are a plenty with wide benching areas.
Friday for Toy day was a sunny day and Mr Sunshine certainly had his hat on. For the periods that it became over cast perhaps a little chilly, but it was dry, so all was good. Plenty of trade stands to browse and for this show the sponsors were Dorwest Herbs generously giving vouchers to all group winners.
Toy specialist Mrs Grace Godwin was at the helm today and arrived looking very elegant in a smart apricot jacket and skirt and top to co-ordinate the summer look. One of the stewards was someone we all know very well in Papillons, Sam Tydman, so we were in safe hands. The day started off promptly and it did make me smile seeing the puppies that were really enjoying themselves on the grass, maybe not the owners so much but the puppies were having a great time, which is what it should be all about. The day went smoothly along with Mrs Goodwin giving her time to every exhibit present. The judge went over the dogs on the table superbly in a gentle yet firm manner. On the floor everyone had the chance to put best paws forward, including the handler!
The principal winners for the day were as follows. DCC/BOB /TGP1/ RBIS was Irene & Glenn Robb’s Ch Gleniren Shootin Starmaker Sunshoo. What an exciting show this was. The Toy Group was judged by well respected Toy Specialist Mr George Farmer of the Sangria Japanese Chins. I believe this was his first TGP, so a very special occasion. Mr Farmer certainly had an exacting job ahead of him with the excellent quality that had been sent through from the breed classes to the TGP. We were of course more than delighted that Travis took his thirteenth TGP1.
On the Sunday we returned for BIS, the rain followed us down all the way from Cheshire and it was more like an autumn day than summertime, the UK weather certainly keeps us on our toes, doesn’t it. The seven dogs for the BIS line-up were all out of the top draw for their individual groups, with five of the seven dogs previously having been awarded as All Breed BIS winners. This was going to be a battle of the titans and you could feel the excitement build around the BIS ring. Each of the dogs and their handlers gave 110%, not putting a paw out of place; this was not going to be an easy task for the well respected BIS judge Patsy Hollings of the famous Gunalt Kennel. It was such an honour to be in the line up and Travis going on to be awarded RBIS. Travis now has three All Breed BIS and three RBIS. Glenn and I are at present both firmly mounted on cloud nine. Many congratulations to Melanie and Carol Harwood with the gorgeous Min Poodle Frankie on BIS, what a character that little dog is, reminds me of someone else white and fluffy, I wonder who that can be?
Going back now to Friday to Toy Day and the remainder of the principal results for the breed. Jean and Roger Banfield must have been thrilled to hear the news that their little girl Jorgealin Cast a Spell For Kingshaven had taken the BCC with the co-owner Caroline Lee-Slater handling. Congratulations also to her breeder Lynn George-Evans.
What a fabulous day for our youngster owned by Irene & Glenn Robb and Jan Roosens Miss Martini Royal De Costalina at Suniren she took BP the RBCC and TPGP4 under Rodney Oldham. Congratulations to her breeder Jan Roosens. Pat Munn also had a brilliant day taking the RDCC with Smile Line Silenzio Sunshine Garsiv and BPD with Ringlands Timeless Gift. BV was Jo Davidson-Poston’s CH/IR CH Spinillons Saffire JW shCM. Well done to everyone at the show; principal winners, class winners and just importantly if you had reached the goal you had set yourself before the show.
One Open Show to report. Judith King had a super day at Crewe & DCA taking a TPGP2 under judge Mrs Elaine Williams (Sancana) with Skyvana Tom Thumb Sarasha. I believe Judith is not too well at present, I hope you will be on top form very soon.
Next show to report on is Three Counties, we are not at the show, but hopefully I will be able to pick up some info to pass on to you all. Take care travelling on the roads and if you are in caravans or motor homes, fingers crossed for good weather. So far those that arrived at Malvern from Southern Counties have experienced high winds and rain. With some awnings, disappearing to greater heights! Fingers crossed it gets better. Enjoy your showing and have fun.