I happened to meet Ron and Sheila Penn at a show in Portsmouth at the weekend. For those who do not know, Ron was a very active member of the club, always smiling and invariably stewarded for our shows. Both Ron and Sheila were great line dancers and we often had lovely music in the background at the shows, courtesy of Ron. They were both in good spirits and enjoyed watching the greyhound classes, still taking a keen interest, even though they now do not have a greyhound now.
The Crufts entries are out and a very pleasing 63 for our judge Maggie Holder, especially given the current dramatic decline in greyhound entries. There is always a lot of debate over the entry, my personal belief is that there is never one thing that can be attributed to any entry. I have taken a quick look back over some old Crufts catalogues and can see a fluctuating entry for the past 19 years. I have taken the figures from the year 2001 (the first year the coursing and racing dogs had their own class) , and bar 2007/8, whose figures I do not have, there is an average entry over this period of 67. Interestingly, when the shows reached their peak entries in this period (2009 – 80, 2010- 82), there was a large rise in the racing/coursing classes entry , which on paper looks to be the cause for the rise in the entry at this time.
Entries close very shortly for the Open show, don’t miss this and enter now!! The judge for the Open Show is Christopher Shields from Canada. The AGM will be in the morning, so do come and hear updates of what the club is doing for its members, health and congress updates and put forward your views.
ON facebook there was an advert for the hound Group at Westminster, which mentioned a greyhound was top of the group wins there, having won 3 times. That got me wondering how many times a greyhound has won the Hound group at Crufts – – does anyone out there know? I can recall Misweave Making Waves winning the group in 2003, the the year before Graal Quest Now and Ever won group 2, and the year before that, 2001, Poldory Awake with Joy at Belleek won a group 4 place – so three years on the trot a greyhound secured a group place.