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Breed Notes - 4 Oct 2016
Sunday dawned gloriously sunny for the Club Show. Chairman Gill said she had specially ordered the weather for the day, and even though it is October, it was necessary to keep an eye out for hot dogs in cars. Sadly our designated show manager, our friend and current Lady Mayoress of Blackpool, Joan Golding, was ill, so that John stepped into the breach, although he tells me he didn’t actually do anything as a result! The showground gave us plenty of room for all the activities, although in hindsight, the ring for the “Show” show might have been a bit more generous, so that the dogs could really stride out and show themselves off. There were a couple of the committee unable to attend, Maggie, still in recovery from her heart surgery….she is making good but slow progress, by the way….and Susie, who has parents who need constant care and attention at the moment…old age can be cruel. However it was good to see Julie, our vice president, in attendance with her dog Gunner again. As usual, my role, to prepare judges’ lunches etc, precluded me from seeing much of the activity, but having a friend to assist this year meant I could show our dogs, and even had the time to put Poppy through her KC Good Citizen silver test. Sadly, I just couldn’t make it to the Rally ring, although I am happy to say a lot of people did, not only for the competition, but for the “have-a-go” sessions too.

Min Inches was the judge for the main event, and found her BiS in Carla de Jong’s Air Force Bohaemic, the owner triumphing for the second year in succession. I’m not sure if she had as long a journey from the Netherlands as Ellen & Thomas Gutjahr had with BoS Zwartbos Arreton, coming down from Aberdeenshire. Gill Stockton took both BP and RBB with her 8 month old Annvad Lady Hazel, by comparison a very local win, as Mick Murphy from Ireland won RBD with his Castlemary Druid. Best Veteran also went to Thomas & Ellen with Driftingsky Dusk, who beat his mother, Special Vintage winner Tyehelva Super Summer of Driftingsky, owned by Lynne White & Liz Whitmore, in the challenge.

The Special Classes were judged by Anne Stewart, formerly of Scotland but now resident in Ireland, and she had a good entry, with class winners Hayaklause Marilyn & Air Force Bohaemic, both owned by Carla, and our Quincebois Tulipwood by Pines. One very good thing was the absence of absentees, with only 4 dogs missing in all. Absenteeism has been a really big feature of a lot of shows of late, so it is really encouraging to have such a high proportion actually turn up. Whilst Club Treasurers may not mind, shows goes so much better if everyone comes to make a good atmosphere round the rings.

This is just part 1 of the report on the show, and I will talk about the Obedience and Rally competitions, and the KC Good Citizen tests as well as other observations on the day. The full results will be on the Club website soon, where you can find details of this year’s calendar, which is now available and a “must” for all you Hovawart owners.

Elaine Betts
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This article was posted on: 05-Oct-16