Autumn Open Show 15th October 2017
Best in Show/Best Dog
Our Open show held at Hasland Village Hall was a most enjoyable occasion. Our judge for the day was Mr. Andy Robins and our sponsors were once again Orijen.
On arrival there were delicious bacon or sausage baps on offer and these were so popular that by 10.45am we had completely sold out! Thank you to Val Wade and Ann Aitkin who did a sterling job doing the cooking and for Ned Bardy who kept the tea and coffee flowing.
There were 39 dogs entered - 3 of which were NFC. and there were 13 absentees.
At 11am our Chairman Shelagh Walton welcomed one and all, introduced the judge and wished everyone an enjoyable day.
Judging then commenced with the judge making a thorough examination of those present and taking advantage of the spacious hall to move the dogs up and down and then around the ring.
The dog judging was completed in just over an hour and tops honours went to Brian and Sandra Pilmer’s Anisbrig Tobermory from Limit and Reserve Best Dog to Eileen Walker’s Sh. Ch/Irish Sh Ch Vanders Va Voom Avec Wroxham aka Mr. P – the Veteran. There were no dog puppies present.
Before breaking for lunch the Veteran and Puppy bitch classes were judged. During the lunch break Geoff Tong offered all exhibitors and spectators a celebratory glass of bubbles and a piece of cake to celebrate his, surprisingly, 75th Birthday. The committee served soup and rolls plus there were some truly scrumptious cakes on offer for just 50p.
There was a final push selling tickets for the raffle – the table was groaning with great prizes. The star prize – donated by Pet Planet – was a timer feeding bowl unfortunately I do not know who the lucky winner was but it was much sought after! Shelagh did a splendid job and I understand over £80 was made which was great.
After ¾ of an hour the judge returned and set about completing the judging of the bitches.
Andy found his Best Bitch in Geoff and Susan Tong’s Rustasha Raison D’Etre for Kellizlot from Open and Res. Best Bitch was Val Jarvis’s Shannonlee the Wood Lark from Veteran. Best Bitch Puppy was Sandy Barton’s Saorla Shadow Dog at Bencorragh – she automatically Best Puppy.
The Best Dog then challenged the Best Bitch and our judge was very decisive in awarding the Pilmer’s Anibrig Tobermory Best in Show. The Res. Best dog, Mr. P. then challenged the Best Bitch and to Eileen’s delight Mr. P. was awarded Res. Best in Show and Best Veteran.
The Chairman then thanked the judge and presented him with a small gift in appreciation of his hard work. She wished everyone a safe journey home.
Special thanks must be given to our sponsors, Orijen, who not only donated sacks of food for every class winners, large sacks for the major winners but a goodie bag for every exhibitor and committee member.
I feel that I cannot finish this report without mentioning the Caretaker at Hasland Village Hall – he was a super star. He not only helped Alison and myself to unload our vehicles but also supplied us with a much appreciated cup of coffee. He deserves a Gold Star!
Gaye O’Connor, Show Manager