We did well again.....and were so, so lucky with the weather. 123 dogs went into their classes and entries topped 500, with all but two classes in double figures. Class 9. Best Visiting dog from over 15 mile radius of the venue attracted 60 entries.
A big 'thank you' to everyone, near and far, for supporting this show and making it successful. I hope you all enjoyed your day.
Mr. Brian Cochrane (Cavillon) judged the Breed and Novelty classes, with Carol White (Carleny) as steward, assisted by Callander Guides, Kirsty Crawford and Amber MacLean. Because the classes were so big, Mr. Cochrane and his team worked through without a break, and they all deserve a medal for such dedication to duty.
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Level was examined by Mrs. Corinne Kennedy of Perth Dog Training, with her team, steward Leigh Cowie, and Sheana Martin and Anne Ripley of Fair City Dog Training Club. The Kennel Club continue to be pleased with the number taking the test, particularly as most of these dogs and handlers have not attended training classes and know nothing about what was required. 28 dogs presented for testing, of which 13 passed, and congratulations to you all, including the lady on holiday from Germany. Special congratulations to Callander dog, Rollo. Click here Examiner's Report, for Mrs. Kennedy's report.
Without my willing 'show staff', Pat Howie of Drumvaich, Angie and Peter McAra from Perth, and Anne Docherty of Callander, the show just wouldn't happen. Everyone said they enjoyed their day and are ready for the next show. Thanks to Callander Guides, Kirsty Crawford and Amber MacLean for their professional approach and tireless efforts in assisting the steward; you did a fantastic job girls.
My very grateful thanks go to The Co-operative Group and Half Crown (Flick) 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 my friends and those of my neighbours for their generous donations; to Polmaise Dog Training of Stirling and Linley Guest House of Callander for providing biscuit prizes.
As always, my thanks go to Callander & District Round Table, and Danny McKirgan and John Stirling for continuing to support this event... and me. Running any event is hard work at any time; running it alone is a nightmare and would be impossible without the help of so many willing supporters. A very big 'thank you' to everyone who supported the dog show and to Ben Ledi View for all the publicity. The very positive remarks from exhibitors make all the hard work worthwhile.
One last mention must go to Simply Stone, out by Keltie Bridge. Sponsoring a class and donating wine for the judges and stewards was more than kind, but the help we were given to erect the gazebos... and take them down.... and the facility offered for off-loading equipment in between runs was beyond value....there's only so much a Zafira will hold. Thank you very much.
Callander & District Round Table have been good enough to donate £4 of the gate money for each of the 123 dogs entered at the show, boosting the funds by £492, so with all monies now in and the accounts finalised, the total amount raised by this year's dog show is £1,074. 48. As in the last two years, Callander Community Developement Trust have put the money towards extending Callander's Christmas lights.
Just as a final note to all those attending the dog show. Well Done, all of you, there was no.... on our part of the showground, even in the exercise area. Thank you to everyone for keeping the venue clean.