It was not totally unexpected to see numbers down this year, given the financial situation. Class 9. Best Visiting dog from over 15 mile radius of the venue was a good indication, dropping 27 entries from last year. Having said all that, 93 dogs came to the show.
As always, a big 'thank you' to everyone, near and far, for supporting this show and making it successful. I hope you all enjoyed your day.
Mrs. Sheana Martin (Shered) judged the Breed and Novelty classes, with Carol White (Carleny) as steward, assisted by Callander Guide, Kirsty Crawford, who is highly experienced in these duties and very efficient.
Mrs. Martin and her team worked through without a break and all deserve a medal for such dedication. It is impossible to give the placings in every class, but the results are available to any one wishing to know.
Permission was granted by the Kennel Club to hold The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Level testing, and Mrs. Corinne Kennedy was pleased to be examiner again, assisted by Leigh Cowie and Anne Ripley of Fair City Dog Training Club. The Scheme attracted 22 dogs, of which 14 passed.
Not being a club, it would be impossible for me to run this show without the willing help of the 'show staff', Pat Howie of Drumvaich, Anne Docherty of Callander, and Alex Mitchell and Olive Walker, who offered their help in the 'back office'. Everyone said they enjoyed their day, and the very positive remarks from exhibitors made all the hard work worthwhile.
Thanks must be given to those who gave additional help in setting up the gazebos, Pat Howie, who also helped set up the rings, John White, Neil and Helen Foot, and Roddy Guthrie, who also cut the grass. Very many thanks to all of you for giving up your time to support me.
Grateful thanks go to the Co-operative Group and Half Crown (Flick), now the Crown Hotel, for agreeing to fund the rosettes; to Ian Mitchell and William Jackson of Arden House; to Mr. Patrick Duffy, Manager of The Co-operative, Callander; to all the businesses in Callander, Strathyre, Stirling and Inverness, and to the private sponsors; to Robert Johnston of Polmaise Dog Training for support, including prize for Best Rescue; to Linley Guest House of Callander for providing biscuit prizes; to Mr. Michael Baillie-Hamilton for supporting a class and for his generous donation; to my friends and those of my neighbours for their generous donations.
My thanks to Callander & District Round Table, Danny McKirgan and John Stirling.
Callander & District Round Table have been good enough to donate £5 of
the gate money for each of the 93 dogs entered at the show, boosting
the funds by £465.
With all monies in and the accounts finalised, the total raised by this year's dog show is £1,012. 36. The cheque was presented to the Callander Community Development Trust by Callander Community Council, at their meeting in October.
A very big 'thank you' to everyone who supported the dog show.
A final note to all those attending the dog show. Well Done, all of you, there was very little litter, barely enough to fill a nappy sack, and no DOG.... on our part of the showground, even in the exercise area. Thanks to everyone for keeping the venue clean.