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Breed Notes - 20 Jan 2015
We got off in good time on Saturday for Manchester Championship Show and were intending to stop for breakfast, but we always worry that maybe the other breed classes may be poorly attended and things will have proceeded more quickly than expected - so we grabbed a sandwich and continued our journey and arrived about midday. As it turned out, we would have had time to eat breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, because we didn’t actually get into the ring until about 4.15 pm. I make no apology for starting like this, because it is more than likely that the 2 couples for whom this show was, if not their first experience, certainly an early one in their showing careers, and after most of a day wasted in an uncomfortable environment, with inadequate space for the dogs to be on the benches, I for one wouldn’t blame them if it was their last.
Given the known entry and pre-planned running order, for the only time advice to be that Briards were not before 11am ( I think they started after 2pm) is pathetic. Perhaps it was over the top to give exact times, as used to be done by one of the Birmingham shows, but it was perfectly obvious when we arrived that “not before 2pm” could have been told us, which would have made the day much more bearable. This of course is a perpetual gripe for us, because we are always at the tail end of the listings as a rare and not very numerous breed, but it is hard ALWAYS to be the poor relation, and is certainly no way to encourage more people to participate.
Moan over….the actual classes were held in a good atmosphere, encouraged by our friendly and thorough judge, Tom Johnston, ably backed up by enthusiastic ring stewards. Dublin (Junior Jester at Pines) behaved well at his first show, and was rewarded by getting BoB , over P.Acorn as BB. Reserves went to Bettina & Andrew Williams’ Driftingsky Arcus and Liz and Lynne’s D.Mist. This report can’t end without a special mention of Andrew’s handling of Liz and Lynne’s Sky in the bitch challenge, when they had 3 in the line-up. You know sometimes people are born to do something……..
For all those of us keeping fingers crossed for Maggie’s knee operation…well, keep them like that because she has had 2 postponements so far, and the latest information is that she is re-scheduled for the end of this week….don’t hold your breath.
Liz has confirmed that the AGM will again be at their house on Sunday April 12th, although they are in the throes of trying to move, so it may be that we will be sitting on packing cases, or worse still, have to take a turn at shifting furniture. If you haven’t heard Bernard Cribbins’ song “Right said Fred”, you should try to do so before the meeting.

Elaine Betts

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elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 21-Jan-15
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