This year, our place on the showground was moved to a better spot and we shared the arena set aside for the Police Dog Competition, which took place on the Sunday. Though entries were down by 14 dogs, the show was again well attended with exhibitors coming from a very wide area. Being unable to get obedience judges, despite the help of Scottish Kennel Club, these classes had to be dropped and only Breed/Novelty & Kennel Club Good Citizen could be scheduled.
A special thanks go, once again, 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.
Mrs. Sheana Martin (Shered), judging at Crufts 2005, kindly agreed to judge the Breed and Novelty Classes. Mrs. Martin enjoyed her day and was well pleased with the number of entries. Best in Show went to Irish Setter, Danny with Elspeth McDonald of Edinburgh, Reserve Best in Show was awarded to Tibetan Terrier, Mildred with Mark Walker of Bothwell. Both were also given a dog toy donated by Mrs. Carol White (Carleny).
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Level attracted 16 dogs, this year, 14 of whom passed. Of the two 'Not Ready', one dog was handled by a local junior handler, who had never done any kind of work with her dog before. Dog training does take time, so practise and come and have another go next year.
It is encouraging to see the numbers taking part, and of the general interest shown in the Scheme, particularly as most have never heard of it. The examiner, Mrs Sue Tulloch (Edelhof) of Carnoustie, was pleased at the number taking the test and the way handlers managed their dogs with so many distractions.
Thanks are given to all. Those that passed were, in no special order:
Skye (Working Sheepdog) with Donna-Claire Huner of Denny
Rocky (Collie Cross) with Derek Allen of Glasgow
Tara (Collie) with Alison Smith of Dingwall
Beth (Airedale) with Alison Devenney of Denny
Brodie ( Irish Setter) with Antony Jervis of Bo'ness
Jett (Collie/Lab) with Helen McKellar of Callander
Skye & Pypar (both Springer Spaniels) with Sharon McGrouther of Menstrie
Rumer (Labrador) with Isobel Madden of Gartmore
Shadow (Labrador Cross) with David Mant of Aberfoyle
Ben (Labrador Cross) with Emma Bryder of Denny
Jazz (Collie) with Pam MacNair of Callander
Sparky (Lab/Lurcher) with Jenny Mealey of Callander
Saphair (Staffie) with Neil McLaughlin of Cumbernauld
As always, the Kennel Club was delighted so many took the test. Normally, the dog and handler attends a training class for between 8-10weeks, then take the test, usually at the same venue. Our handlers 'walked in off the street', many not knowing anything about what was required, but they tried and, as can be seen, they passed.†Many congratulations to you.
Again, my thanks to Senior Show Assistant, Diana Long, from Stoke-on-Trent, daughter Emma and future son-in-law Michael for giving up a day of their holiday. Very many thanks to the Callander Guides, for their efficient help. This year the girls had the added responsibility of stewarding for the judge in the main ring, as well as helping at the reception table and dealing with Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme admin. You were brilliant girls, you all did a fantastic and efficient job, together with your pal, who turned up and lent a hand, and I could not have managed this show without you. (Hope you'll be available again.....
Thanks go to Callander Youth Project, and Ian Mitchell and William Jackson of Arden House, for obtaining so much sponsorship for this show, to all the businesses in Callander and Edinburgh, and to the private sponsors of classes, to friends and neighbours, for their generous donations. Grateful thanks to the Mr, Patrick Duffy, Manager of Scottish Co-op, Callander, for supporting my show with class sponsorship this year, for the 'specials' for exhibitors and sweeties for the Guides, my staff.
Thanks to the generosity of the Callander & District Round Table, who donated the gate money of £5 for the 46 dogs entered at the show, the funds have been boosted by £230.
Class sponsorship from businesses in Callander and Edinburgh, and private class sponsors, along donations from friends and neighbours, added to the money raised by the show itself.
So, with all monies now in and the accounts finalised, the total amount raised by the dog show is £526.55.
The cheque will be presented to the Callander Youth Project by Callander Community Council, at their November meeting.
A very big 'thank you' goes to everyone who supported the dog show, to Ben Ledi View (our community newspaper) and Poppies Hotel for promoting the show. (that was most unexpected and couldn't have been better if I'd paid you).
My thanks to Callander & District Round Table and Danny McKirgan, Chairman, for continuing support this event. Running any event is hard work at any time; 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. I am told that there is to be another show next year...............