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Breed Notes - 23 Aug 2016
We couldn’t get to the Welsh KC show last Saturday, but Gill Stockton scored a rare success for our breed when her new puppy Lottie (Annvad Lady Hazel) was pulled out in the Working Puppy Group, judged by Anne Macdonald. She didn’t make the final four, but nevertheless it is a singular achievement, especially at her first show. Gill herself showed Lottie in the breed classes, but gave the lead to her granddaughter for the group, saying that it would be a good experience for her with no pressure because Hovawarts barely get a second glance in groups….nice to be wrong sometimes! I have a feeling we may be seeing this combination again. Peter Jolley was drafted in as our breed judge, and he made Gina Challoner’s Isalynn (I. v.Elderens Hof)best of breed, with Mark Harrison’s Milo (Pines Wiggins) best dog.

Most of the talk at the committee meeting revolved round shows, both this year and in the future. One of the big problems a national club has, especially a small one like ours, is to find a venue for its shows that is fair to all members. As I understand it, Preston, in Lancashire is about the midpoint of mainland Britain, but both the Scots and the English Southerners feel that is a long way to travel. We have tried switching year on year, but that leaves dissatisfied sections of the membership every year. I have a feeling that the solution we mainly use, Oswestry, in north Shropshire, is probably as good as any, and at least we all know where it is after so many years. It is our 30th anniversary show next year, and our Patron, Ans Schellekens, has agreed to judge it. The thought is to make a bit more of a weekend of it in celebration, so put the first weekend in October 2017 in your diaries now, and let’s have a really good and fun occasion.

This year we have a new event, as Liz has organised for us an official Rally event, with proper judges and everything. I don’t know exactly what is involved, but I’m going to give it a go… why don’t you? Following her wonderful effort at Crufts, Gina is i/c the raffle, and Helen is going to organise the cake stall again. I know they will both welcome contributions with open arms. With main show judge Min Inches coming from Scotland, special awards judge Anne Stewart making the journey from Ireland, and obedience judge Elinor Anderson travelling up from South Wales, this is about as British an event as is possible, so do make the effort and come. With only Hovawarts it is a really friendly day, and you can talk to people who will actually know what your dog is, without you having to explain.

See you there.

Elaine Betts
This article was posted on: 24-Aug-16