The show was well attended, with exhibitors, coming from a very wide area. Having been unable to get obedience judges this year, despite extensive effort, these classes had to be dropped, but Breed/Novelty and Kennel Club Good Citizen were scheduled.
The judge for the Breed and Novelty Classes was Mrs. Lesley Bell (Kandiryan), and her two young sons did an excellent job stewarding. Mrs. Bell was well pleased with the number of entries in each class and to all I give grateful thanks. A special thanks goes to the 'locals', from Callander and the surrounding area, who are coming to the show, in increasing numbers, including our local junior handlers. I hope you all enjoyed your day.
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Level attracted 20 dogs, this year, 18 of whom passed. The two 'Not Ready' only missed on the Stay exercise, one was only a puppy and the other dog was handled by a local junior handler, who had never done any kind of work with her dog before.
We were very pleased at the number taking part, and of the general interest shown in the Scheme. The examiner, Mrs. Sheana Martin of Fair City Dog Training Club and Perth Canine Society, expressed her satisfaction at the number taking the test. She was impressed at the way handlers managed their dogs, with so many distractions, and the willingness to be part of the 'crowd' for the socialising exercise. Thanks are given to all.
Those that passed were, in no special order:
Holly (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) with Fiona Lamont from Carnoustie
Milly (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) with Fiona Lamont from Carnoustie
Jack (Sheltie) with Linda White from Tullibody
Sammy (Springer Spaniel) with William Moore from Guildtown, Perthshire
Bracken (Crossbreed) with Jayne Jackson from Stirling
Rachel (Weimaraner) with Jean Fairlie from Helensburgh
Skye (Labrador) with Diane Wallace from Menstrie
Suzi (Newfoundland) with Diane Wallace fromMenstrie
Inky (Crossbreed) with Vanessa Blake from Dipton, Co.Durham
Tiger Lily (Greyhound) with Vanessa Blake from Dipton, Co.Durham
Sandy (Saluki/Greyhound) with Vanessa Blake from Dipton, Co.Durham
Storm (Greyhound) with Katie Sharp from Stirling
Bobby Blue (Border Collie) with Kelly McCandless of Glasgow
Spiky (Crossbreed) with Chloe Webber of Callander
Lucy (Labrador) with Lisa Drummond of Callander
Buttons (Shi Tzu) with Joe Coburn of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire
Fluke (Labrador) with Duncan McKinnon of Killin
Ewan (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) with (me) Penny Hargrave of Callander
Many congratulations to you all. Yet again, The Kennel Club were pleased with the number taking part.
Sincere thanks to Senior Show Assistant, Diana Long, Jayne Jackson for helping on the day with 'booking-in', and to the five Callander Guides for their efficient help with Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme admin. Many thanks to Ian Mitchell and William Jackson of Arden House, for obtaining so much sponsorship for this show from the Callander Business Association, and to my friends, and those of my neighbours, for their kind donations. Grateful thanks to the Manager of Scottish Co-op, Callander, for providing sweeties and dog chews, as'specials' for exhibitors.
Thanks to the generosity of the Callander & District Round Table who, for the first time, have donated the gate money of the 60 dogs entered at the show; the funds have been boosted by £240.
Class sponsorship from member companies of the Callander Business Association, and donations from friends and neighbours, added to the money raised from the show itself.
A cheque for the total amount of £553.34, was presented to the BP Hall Restoration Fund by Callander Community Council, at their meeting in November.
My thanks to Callander & District Round Table and Danny McKirgan, Chairman, for continuing support for this event. Running any event is hard work; running it alone is a nightmare and would be impossible, without of the help of willing supporters. The very positive remarks from exhibitors make all the hard work, worthwhile. ............... and I have been told that another show is required for next year...............