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Breed Notes - 16 Oct 2012 The Show
Well, it came and it went – the International Hovawart Federation Convention Weekend, hosted by the Hovawart Club of Great Britain at the N.R.A. at Bisley Rifle Range, in Surrey from Friday (14th October) at midday, through to Sunday 16th pm. I think it was a great success, but hopefully we will get some feed -back from the delegates in the course of time, confirming that they all had a good time.

After a dreary Thursday with drizzle most of the day, the sun came out periodically on Friday, and Saturday and Sunday where actually sunny! Nothing short of a miracle, and it made such a difference to the venue, decked out with red, white and blue flags, and an abundance of autumn colours in the mass of trees surrounding the rings. In fact, I think the only person unhappy with the conditions was our very patient photographer, Pauline Oliver. Evidently, sun is anathema for the camera, but I am sure there will be lots of wonderful pictures to remind us of the event for years to come. I’m not a delegate so I have no idea how the meeting went, but the various activities we had planned all went smoothly on time, and attendance was good. The Gala dinner was fun, with tremendous appreciation for Mary Ray and her display routine. Mary was quite the topic of conversation. I don’t think the foreign delegates had actually witnessed anything quite like the step by step demonstration of clicker training, from very basic through to an actual dance routine, at close quarters before, and at the end the applause was deafening. The speeches were by Rev. Gill Green, (a former Chairperson of the club) who, as always, made us roar with laughter, an inspiring talk by our President Mr Ron James, and a vote of thanks from Ans Schellekens, who presented small gifts to the main organizers Maggie Spencer and Janet Pearce. After coffee and mints we were entertained by the local youth Drummers who dazzled us with their uniforms and got your feet tapping in time with the drums.

If I listed all the winners of the various classes I would have the longest breed notes in this edition of the DW, so suffice just to say that the BIS was the black bitch Carla de Jong’s Unique van de Rowerweide from the Netherlands and BD John Mackay and Susi Thayer’s Pines Hapi( black and gold) from UK. Best Puppy was Ann Travis’s Annvad Lady Farica( black), also from UK. I was very proud that our old Orchid (Kynyaf Tiy of Pines) was best veteran at nearer 11 than 10.

The obedience classes were held on Saturday, to ensure an early finish to the show on Sunday (our continental visitors had to get home), and the winner in pre-beginners was Lilly (Pines Meditation) handled by Clare Scully. Beginners went to Carla de Jong and Unique, a really good effort when you consider that it was the first time she had competed under UK rules. Maggie Spencer took the top two classes, Novice with Dollar (Hightimbers Dollar) and Test “A” with Gracie (P. Enigma Variations at H.) As usual, the relaxed atmosphere made for a good day’s working.
I think just about every dog there had a “go” at the Agility course, which was great fun, and nearly thirty folk took part in the afternoon crocodile walk around the vast shooting ranges surrounding our venue. The noise from the guns, both rifles and clay pigeon shooting was loud and could be rather startling at times, but after a few moments the dogs all seemed to get used to it, and carried on enjoying their walk surprisingly unaffected.
Big entries for all the KC Good Citizens tests, but as yet I haven’t got the final passes, although quite a few folk were showing off their certificates at the end of the day. Our small committee cleared up Sunday afternoon and then all went on our separate ways home, exhausted and pleased we had managed it, and in the sure knowledge that it only comes around about every twelve years.! That should give us all time to recover.

Elaine Betts
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This article was posted on: 03-Oct-12