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Breed Notes - 18 Nov 2014
As a follow-up to “Discover Dogs”, we were really pleased to receive the latest edition of Dog World that featured a picture of Lloyd and our stand, together with his impressions of the event. He puts such a lot of effort into planning and decorating the booth each year, and fully deserves the recognition. We had as usual a lot of interest in our breed, with some serious enquires, both at the event and afterwards via our Puppy Information co-ordinator, Julie. I just hope people are prepared to wait for their puppy, because I know they will think it worthwhile in the end.
One thing that emerged from the committee meeting on Sunday was the question of candidates for the Tia Trophy for this year. This is awarded annually to the Hovawart that has achieved most outside the Showring, and the current holder is Torin (owned by Liz & Lynne) for his pioneering work in the sport of Rally. Previous wins have been for other “dog sports” (working trials, competitive obedience, agility etc.), and other activities like blood doning, search & rescue, the PAT dogs scheme and fund raising. The committee would like any nominations for 2014 to be sent to Liz, the secretary, by the end of December, so that members can vote directly for the winner with their other AGM papers. It would be really good if there were several nominations for us to choose between. I am also happy to report that we had a fit and well Ann Travis attending this meeting. It was really wonderful to see her fully recovered after her long ordeal in hospital.
Another decision taken at the meeting was to hold another breed seminar in 2015, to include a hands-on judging assessment. The seminar itself will be open to anyone, but places on the judging section will be limited to six, so if you are interested get your name down early by contacting (you’ve guessed it ! ) Liz. We don’t yet have a date or venue, but nevertheless an early indication of interest will be most helpful.
There are a couple of shows early in the New Year, Manchester Championship Show with 3 classes to be judged by Tom Johnston on January 17th (Saturday) at Stafford, and National Working Open Show at Coventry on February 14th, also Saturday, with Eileen Matthews having 3 classes too. Eileen, you may remember, was unable to judge the special classes at the Club Show last month, so this is your chance to find out what she thinks of your dogs. An analysis of show entries in breed classes for 2014 shows an increase in dogs actually attending over 2013 of just short of 20%. This does seem to be encouraging, but we still have a way to go before the scene could be described as vigourously healthy. I’m sure a bit more real competition would not only be more fun, but have a good influence on the whole breed.

Elaine Betts
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elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 19-Nov-14
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