A showing weekend for the Papillon exhibitors, firstly I would like to give huge praise to the Northern & Eastern Papillon Club as the club were celebrating their 25th Anniversary. From the onset of entering the hall of Brodsworth Miners Welfare, Doncaster it was evident that the committee had set their sights on achieving the best possible show for the exhibitor, this they did in overdrive. The club had received a super entry of 158. The hall was beautifully laid out with spacious rings and adorned with decorations. The committee were based up on the stage with both the Chairman Eileen Roberts and Secretary Wendy Waters beevering away whilst Ian Moor and Penny Roberts were keeping up with the paper work. The President of the club Queenie Bruce, looked lovely as she hosted and greeted everyone in the hall. Whilst, Jerry Munroe added his expertise for a smooth running show. Below the stage was the raffle table, fit to bulge with prizes and further along the photos displayed for the exhibitors to choose for the 2017 calendar. What a super display of pictures it was and I am sure like myself everyone is looking forward to seeing the completed calendar. If you want to pre-order a calendar they are £9 plus postage. Contact Wendy Walters, 32 Chaucer Rd, Whickham, Newcastle Upon Lyne, NE16 4BJ . Tel 0191 4883410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club and trade stands were abuzz with folk buying their wares, the early part of the day you had to queue to see what was on the stalls. So isn’t that encouraging to see. The club stall run by Chris & Rachel Dutton, Helen Verity’s handmade items and array of other useful goodies and Handmade by Fifi with their luxurious bedding had all really pulled out the stops to put on a super array of items available.
Photographer Ian Raper was there to capture that special moment after the class of your four paws. Ian does a brilliant job and has produced some very special pictures for us all.
On arrival goodie bags were placed in an area for you to collect. A cotton butterfly bag with your name tag and lots of goodie enclosed. Now that is what I call is a good way to start the day and much appreciated by everyone who was excited for the day that was ahead.
There was plenty of grooming areas and luxurious soft seating around the ring for everyone’s comfort. Christine McFarlane and family as always had a fabulous menu on offer to suit all tastes and kept everyone’s tum fulfilled during the day. So, all in all everything was catered (excuse pun) to the max for a brilliant day.
The juniors kicked off the day with their classes in the bitch ring whilst the dogs started their classes. The juniors this year were judged by Michele Buss and she had the job of putting them through their paces. Best junior handler overall was Caragh McGrath and Isaac Green won the 6-11 yrs. Both received a large bag of prizes.
For this years show the judges were both breed specialists, for the dogs it was to be Amanda Bruce-Jackson (Tijuana) and for the bitches Lynda Phillips (Motylek). First commencing with the dogs the judge arrived looking a picture of immaculate elegance in a short black fitted jacket and striking black, white and red dress, with matching shoes. After the juniors the bitch judge arrived ready for the task ahead, dressed smartly in trousers and pale blue jacket with co-ordinated top to compliment. Both judges went over the dogs in the manner one would expect from such highly respected breed specialists. Both were kind, yet firm giving their requests clearly to the exhibitors of what they required. Their stewards were on hand and did a marvellous job keeping everyone organised.
The bitches broke for lunch at LB and the dogs GD and this gave way to the Special Award Classes being judged by breed specialist Michele Buss (Flutura). Looking smart in a blue jacket and dress, the day was fit to go. A good entry of twenty seven had been received for these classes of which the club and judge must have been very pleased. The BSA went to Carol Lees’s Lynflyer Winter Story at Lafford.
From here Michele went to fun and frolics with the puppy walk. Nine puppies in all and oh my goodness they enjoyed themselves, causing fun, chaos and entertainment all the way. I do love watching these puppy walks and trying to spot the little star of the future. By all accounts watching, there could be a few that will go on to lovely things. The puppy walk was sponsored by Handmade by Fifi and each puppy received a bag of exciting items worth £15, I am sure a few exhibitors took a deserved break with a cuppa afterwards!
Aiden Foynes conducted the sale of two engraved lanterns with solar lights and mustered up £30 for each from Estelle Kirk and Sue Leach. Lovely to see Christine Foynes at the show and even though she has struggled with some health issues recently she didn’t stop all day and I believe orchestrated good results for the raffle. We wish you all the very best Christine and can’t wait to see you full step once again in the ring.
Scentsy candles gave draw prizes of either a free canvas by Photcall this was won by Pauline Sidwick and a Sentsy bundle won by Lynn George-Evans. There was a chance to win a beautiful glass , that could be engraved with the photo of your choice or four affix etched or breed specific glasses, donated by Hembadoon Fine Art, in aid of fund raising for Junior Handlers this was won by Angela Skelton.
So, with lunch over it was time for the judging to re-commence. It was nice to see Ian and Pauline Sidgwick sat ringside all day as Ian was the referee for the show and was waiting to see if his expertise was required. On this occasion the judges made their decision jointly and their principal winners were as follows. DCC / BIS Irene & Glenn Robb’s Ch Gleniren Shootin Starmaker Sunshoo and also BPIS with Gleniren For Your Eyes Only. To say we were thrilled was an understatement; it is always such an honour at a Breed Club Show, Little Karis was six months and two days and enjoyed her cheeky adventure to the max, amusing everyone all day. RBIS Joe Magri & Kevin Arrowsmith’s Ch Rozamie Dream Lover. BCC / BOS Teresa & Peter Cullen’s Petress Black Magic JW. It was nice to see Peter back at the shows after having some health issues. I was absolutely thrilled for you both. Jean & Roger Banfield had a super day taking BVIS with their lovely Purdy, Skyvana Fancy That At Kingshaven.
Beautiful rosettes made by Rayol Rosettes were awarded to the principal winners. The BPD and BPB rosettes were sponsored by John and Jenny Edson. Rosettes were also given to all 1st – VHC places presented by the club. BIS and BPIS each had a beautiful Papillon engraved glass vase to mark the occasion; this was presented by the club. They are proudly on display already, looking wonderful and will remain a memory of the day.
We must also say a thank you to Royal Canin who sponsored this show, each class winner received a bag of food and principal winners also. There was also a bottle of wine for each class winner that was kindly donated.
Well what can I say, the weather was kind, it was a glorious show that the committee should stand tall and be so proud of. Exhibitors went home more than pleased after a social day gathering with like minded folk that love their Papillons to bits, just perfect.
The other show for the weekend was Leeds at Harewood House. The layout of the ground has improved volumes. Parking areas have been vastly improved. Gone are the ancient tenting which has been replaced by modern in / out marquees. What a vast improvement all round for the show venue layout, thus making a much more pleasant show, accommodating for all the weather conditions the UK throws at us. So congratulations to the committee for certainly upping the game.
For this show Ms Annette Oliver was judging the Papillons. The principal winners were as follows. DCC/BOB Joe Magri & Kevin Arrowsmith’s Ch Rozamie Dream Lover, BCC Kay Stewart & Kirsten Stewart-Knight’s Ch & Ir Ch Tussalud Story Tales, RDCC Sean Carroll & James Newman’s Ger & Ir Ch Hundebuden’s Juno Pondabudens, RBCC Sue Victor’s Ch Lafford Kandy Floss JW (handled by Caroline Lee-Slater), BP Jenny Wiggins’s Rozamie Monsieur Arthur For Scapafield and BV Jean & Roger Banfield’s Skyvana Fancy That At Kingshaven.
Kirsty Wells secretary of the South of England has sent in the following info regarding their championship show. South of England Papillon Club Championship Show on Sunday 7th August. Unfortunately we have heard that the café will not now be open. The committee have made provision for free tea and coffee to be available all day. We invite those entered to bring a contribution for a ‘bring and share’ lunch – it will need to be finger food. If you would like to do this please PM me Once again we are sorry that the café isn’t open but it is beyond our control.
Sue Stanbury had a good show under Marion Sargent at Plymouth &DCS taking TGP1 with Inixia Saucy Sam and TPGP1 with Inixia Devonshire Maid. She also won £50 for her win in the puppy stakes. Well done Sue, the drinks are on you.