The next destination for exhibitors was to be at Midland Counties at The New Bingley Hall, Stafford. This show is run to clock work precision with every detail of the day catered by the committee for the exhibitors. The only thing that had not been issued to the judges was a caveman lamp so they could see the dogs. In the morning only one set of lights were lit, the lighting was so dim. This resulted that even the most snow white dogs looked to have an apricot tinge, which is unfortunate. On the other side of the coin the grooming areas were lit brightly which doesn’t make a lot of sense really as it is a dog show. It was only in the afternoon that the full lighting system available was lit.
Up on the veranda the trade stands were a hive of activity so there was lots to browse. On the ground floor in the main hall Eukanuba took their show stand to a very professional level. The Papillons on this occasion were situated in the main hall and at times it was a noisy environment. For the faint hearted four paws the noises would have been an adverse contention that might have caused problems for them. However the majority were just fine and coped well in the spacious ring provided.
On this occasion the judge was Mr Andrew Brace and after perusal his principal winners were as follows; BCC / BOB Isherwood and Scovell’s Afterglow Adelaide going on to take TGP2 under Peter Jolley. DCC Magri and Arrowsmith’s CH Rozamie Dream Lover. For the RDCC it was to be Sharp-Dixon, Reyes and Lynn’s Afterglow Adonis for Queenslake and the RBCC Macgregor’s Craigber Timewatch JW. BP was awarded to Clint’s Petress Special Blend.
Next show on the showing calendar was Northern & Eastern Counties Papillon Club Championship Show at the Brodsworth Miners Wefare in Doncaster. Not the most lavish establishment from the exterior and a lot of glass around outside so care had to be taken when walking the four paws. But once inside the committee had been beevering away making an excellent job of setting up two good sized rings with various stalls around the perimeter areas. The club calendar was ready for everyone to purchase that extra special Christmas gift and the auction held in the lunch break was a full to the brim doggy goodies hamper. Must give credit to Helen Verity who did a sterling job putting together such an attractive auction item. There was also an attractive special edition calendar plate on offer also.
In the lunch break the juniors held their Papillon Junior Handling Awards Ceremony with Karen Maskell at the helm. As soon as I can get details of the winners for 2014 I will include in the Breed notes. The juniors received lovely rosettes, winners’ trophies, presents and much more from former Junior Handler Rebecca Thompson. I think those present had a really lovely day. Congratulations to the juniors and everyone involved.
It was so nice to see David Ayris at the show with Helen Wheeler showing the dogs. A table of remembrance with a condolence book for those that wished to sign was such a lovely thought. A silent bid was held for the birthday gifts that Rosemary unfortunately did not receive. The money received will be donated to the hospice.
On this occasion both breed specialist judging this show. Mrs Sue Stanbury ( Inixia) judging the bitches and a first time Challenge Certificate appointment for Mrs Lynda Woodrow (Lynflyer) who was judging the dogs. The principal winners were as follows. DCC/BIS Joe Magri and Kevin Arrowsmith’s Ch Rozamie Dream Lover, The referee Amanda Bruce-Jackson was called to decide the RBIS and this was awarded to BCC / RBIS Teresa and Peter Cullen’s Ch Ancojo Whisper To Me, BP Mrs L Foiles Lafford Kandy Apple (handled by Caroline Lee- Slater), RDCC Melanie Mann’s Melangel Time To Shine, RBCC Kay Stewart and Kirsten Stewart-Knight’s Tussalud Story Tales, BV Anne Macgregor’s Meerwings The Swallow Tale By Pyatshaw and BPH Sue Morrell and Thesbina Teague’s Temelora Dream Lover. Congratulations to all the principal winners and class winners.
Amanda Bruce-Jackson took on the role earlier in the day of judging the Junior Handling for the 6-11yrs the winners was Holly Bradford and the 12-16yrs Callum Thornton who went on to take BJH.
News has come in from Pat and Brian Cox who had a super day at East Kent CS Open Show. The breed judge was Mrs Lorraine Long (Arroline) and the group judge was Veronica Tanner (Tanver). BOB went to their little girl Denemore Gabiscandy Floss at Tricianbri JW ShCM and their puppy Tricianbri Kisses For Me went on to take TPGP3. What a lovely day Pat and Brian, well done.
Well wet and windy here at present, speaking of presents I suppose I had better get myself into gear with the Christmas Jingle Bell Rock or else Christmas will be on us in no time at all. Enjoy your Christmas shopping everyone.