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Breed Notes (Dog World - Elaine Sharpe) 11 Apr 2017
Sunday 9th April was the club AGM held at Costock Village Hall, Loughborough. It was better attended than usual, with approximately 15 or so folk there. Items were swiftly dealt with, and only one change in the committee with Susie Theyer leaving and Gina Challoner being welcomed on to the committee. One of the topics discussed was Degenerative Myelopathy , which is under investigation by several universities to try to establish the rogue genes involved. The IHF had a presentation on it a couple of years back, and through them we hope that work will be co-ordinated, not duplicated. It is already possible to test for the condition and the club will have further discussion to decide if such tests should be routinely recommended for breeding stock.

It was also agreed to have an annual award, the Tobias Trophy, for the top show hovawart of the year, with a system that includes all open and championship shows with breed classes, a weighting being applied depending on actual competitor numbers.

Lynne had prepared an enormous lunch for us all, which was very much appreciated and then followed a committee meeting to plan the future club events. As the club has now been in existence for 30 years, we are planning a special weekend at Oswestry (same Venue as previous years) to mark the occasion and the plan is to make it a two day affair. The dates for this are September 30th and October 1st. The first problem to come to light is the fact that the date of the annual IHF meeting – this year to be held in Sweden, is the same date. John, as the club delegate, felt he ought to fly the flag for GB this year, and after some discussion the committee decided that we still should. My job is usually the Judges’ Lunches and this year outside caterers seem to be the answer. I must admit that only now can I start to look forward to going to Sweden. We are intending to drive and take dogs, of course, and make a week of it. It will be our holiday. Please make a note of that weekend as it will be a wonderful opportunity for a get-together of Hovawart owners, with activities for all the dogs and owners likewise. Offers of help with be gratefully received, and of course the essential Raffle prizes.

I have had a letter from Ann Arch, wearing her hat as Hon. Secretary of National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society asking me to give a mention in these notes of another Celebration. Fifty years of the Society and they have a number of Anniversary specials at the show, including Anniversary gifts for all exhibitors, Special anniversary rosettes for BoB,BOS, Best Puppy and Best Veteran, and an Anniversary gift for all BoB and Best Puppy in Breed.

There are many more specials on offer. As usual they have a reduced entry fee of £5 per dog Not for Competition and also accept Spectator Dog entries to avoid any dogs being left in vehicles in the car parks. The show is at its usual venue, beautiful 3 Counties Showground at Malvern, on July 15th, and the judge is Terry Munro. On-line entries close on June 14th.

All-in-all this show does sound like one not to miss.

Hope you have all been out and about with the dogs during these last two weeks of wonderful sunny weather. Let’s hope it will continue for the forthcoming Easter weekend, returning home from a walk today seemed so strange. No muddy boots, no coat, hat, gloves, and unbelievably clean dogs.

Elaine Sharpe
01544 318705
pineshovawarts@gmail.com
This article was posted on: 12-Apr-17
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