Paignton & District Fanciers’ Association General Championship Dog Show is held at Westpoint Clyst St Mary, Exeter. The show has had several homes since it started in 1909, when there was a dog section of the Fanciers Association, which was judged in the basement of the Public Halls at Paignton which also housed various livestock sections of the Society, but it wasn’t until 1923 that they held their first open show in Queens Park. There were no shows during the war years, then on 4th July 1951 the first Championship show was held also in Queens Park. The show continued to grow in popularity and now runs over three days, with Pastoral day this year being Friday 4th August along with the Working and Toy Groups.
The show was benched and used a hall where the rings had white picket fencing and three marquess with the popular in out rings, with tape on the grass marking out the rings, there were also a number of trade stands which were mainly just off the permanent roadways. The KC lounge was also open to members from 10.30am to 1.30pm after which it was open to anyone, providing complimentary refreshments .We were in Ring one in the hall, there were 5 breeds in front of us,35 Affenpinschers 27 Miniature Pinschers these breeds had CCs, then 24 Bolognese 15 Coton de Tulear and 4 Greenland Dogs these last 3 breeds were all judged by Mrs C Watson who also judged the Buhunds. She gives CCs in 2 Terrier breeds, 1 Utility and 1 Working. She found her BD & BOB in Mary and David Dosson’s Kligenthal Bran Mak Morn (Teddy),he is by Ch Arnscroft Di Na Mo Farrah JW ShCM x Ch Koromandel Gild The Lily.BB Sue Crocker Leggatts Jive Talkin(Noodle) by Sturtmoor Floki x Knytshall Noor Ul Ain handled as usual by Jasmine Freeborn .RBB & BV Sue’s Noor by Knytshall Diamond Ted x Ch Trollheimen Elske To Knytshall (Imp USA).
The show is also one of the few that has Ch Obedience classes which are held on the Friday, and open Obedience on the Saturday and Sunday with Agility on all three days, and a companion show on the Saturday.
There were also rings for Hoopers and Flyball, so it should have been a very busy Saturday, but then storm Antoni arrived with winds of up to 78mph affecting the southwest, many outdoor events on the Saturday were either cancelled or severally curtailed. Paignton carried on with the Gundog and Terrier Groups, but everyone had to leave the marquees and go into the hall, with the committee thanking everyone who helped with the change of rings, and the exhibitors thanking the committee for taking action to ensure the safety of exhibitors and their dogs in such horrible conditions.
I think whether it be the heat and the terrifying wildfires on the continent or the wet weather and now storm Antoni here, I feel for anyone trying to run any outside activity at the moment. Another show that was affected by the wet weather was North Devon Agricultural show, which has been held for over 54+years at Umberleigh Barton Devon. It also holds an Open Dog Show and a companion show in the afternoon for those attending the Agricultural Show. The schedule said, ‘all the rings will be out in the glorious Devon summer sunshine, however in the unlikely event it should rain, there will be enough rings under cover for everyone’. Those under cover rings proved to be very necessary, as the show made the BBC breakfast news on 2nd August, but sadly for the wrong reasons as it was a very wet day, and they were talking to farmers who were finding it difficult to bring in the harvest. Charlotte John who was also attending the show posted a photo of herself and her dogs standing in a sea of liquid mud. She said she did get BOB with her Malamute Luna, but later in day it was chaos as people started to leave. Charlotte has the well-known kennel of Chardicea Malamutes and the John family as well having Malamutes have also had Buhunds for many years, with both Charlotte and her mother Christine giving CCs in the breed.
I finish with more good news with eye tests, Ch Rikarlo Gable JW (Time) & Ch Tapui Starla (Freya) have both have clear eye tests.
Stay safe everyone.
Margaret Deuchar firstname.lastname@example.org
Any views expressed in Margaret’s Breed Notes are hers and hers alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Norwegian Buhund Club of the UK