It was a really busy weekend for the Greyhound Club committee who hosted a breed appreciation day (BAD) in the morning and then held their Open show in the afternoon at Steventon near Oxford last Saturday. The BAD was well supported with 27 people, although a few were unable to make it on the day. There was a nice display of old photographs and books about greyhounds for people to look at. The main talk on the breed standard was given by Elaine and Bob Newsham and a whistle-stop history of our ancient breed, given by Clare Boggia. After a quick stop for tea, the candidates split into small groups to go over 6 different greyhounds, all led by CC giving judges, Dagmar Kenis-Pordham, Bob Newsham, Claire Rishworth, Ian Bond, Maggie Holder, and myself! Luckily the rain disappeared and the sun came out so we were able to go outside to review movement in the dogs. 20 candidates took the MCE exam and then all enjoyed a nice warm lunch provided by Veronica White, Andy McKenzie and Michaela Howlett. There was a splendid raffle and thanks to all who supported this by purchasing tickets or bringing gifts.
The sun stayed out and the open show was judged outdoors. It was a shame that several of the morning candidates did not stay for the open show (for various reasons) but I think from feedback from those who did, this was very valuable to be able to chat informally and follow up on the morning’s session.
Lisa Samson was our judge, with Alyana Allen and Diana Webber the stewards. I don’t normally like to put in analysis of the numbers but I have done so for this show as I think it shows just how vulnerable our breed is. There was an entry of 56 (fantastic in current climes!) with 52% of the entry coming from racing coursing lines. Of the show dogs entered (27) 55% were absent, with presumably several complimentary entries.
Lisa chose her BIS and best bitch as Maria Hills Zoraden Your Precious Love at Shimmeree (Ch Boughton Brigadier x Mistweave Miss Sunshine at Zoraden), who is a 3 year old blue brindle. Reserve Best in Show was John and Lorraine Fitzgerald’s Ch. Boughton Bold and Brave at Dawnchase ShCM, (Nl Ch and Su Ch Grand Cru Newton x Ch. Bellezza di Boughton) a 5 years old brindle. Reserve best dog was Elaine Bogart’s red and white puppy, Ina’s Fashion Exalted at Incitatus (imp) (Sobers Amadeus Karkati x Inas Fashion Authentic) , who was also Best Puppy in Show. Reserve best bitch was Elaine Newham’s Windspiel Northern Stilo (Estet Classic Windancer at Windspiel x CH Windspiel Northern Stylo). Best Racing coursing in show was Adele Thompsons Ooaar Nicolar at Muicks with reserve going to another dog of Adeles, Puppy Eyes at Muicks – what a lovely day for her!
This year, following suggestions on the member’s survey an extra class was added for the racing/coursing dogs so they had an open and veteran in each sex. Some of those at the show said they had not realised this, probably due to the fact of entering on line, I know I do not always look at the schedule first. Best veteran in show overall was Special release, owned by Misses Noble and Mr Noble (sorry I do not have the first names) The secretary Julie Mackenzie tells me she had some super emails after the show, so it appears everyone had an enjoyable day and the committee would like to thank all those who offered their help in whatever way on the day.
The club magazine is underway, so anyone with adverts or articles please let me or Liz Millward know so we can ensure space for you. Deadline is 20th November. Good luck and safe travels to those going to Midland Counties this weekend, a fabulous entry (16) for Kathy Spacey considering no CCs on offer.