Sadly the nights are drawing in now making it positively autumnal. Where I am they are clearing the dykes out and my dogs love to roll in all the silt that they dredge out, making bathing a part of the daily walk routine at the moment! We now have a gap for championship shows until LKA where Helen Rishworth is judging. Paper entries shut on 9th October and on line 21st October. Personally speaking I think it is a great shame that Midland Counties lost CCs for greyhounds as it bridged that gap over the winter period. Having two shows within one week, as in Darlington and Driffield makes no sense to me, as lovely as those shows are! That being said, with the current entry so low and as far as I am aware no litters on the horizon, should we have as many sets of CCs as we do? Views welcome!
Romsey and District had classes for greyhounds and Michaela Howlett and Ellie Howdens Skyswift New Moon won BOB, under judge Howard Ogden. Roisin Howlett won the group with her wire haired dachshund and went onto RBIS, so well done to all concerned. Kathy Spacey continues to support the open shows north of the border, and they can be such fun, no pressure, reasonably priced refreshments generally and nice friendly atmosphere. I note Mr P won £35 in a stakes class last weekend (well done!) which got me thinking do you think money is an incentive to enter at Open shows? Do you think we would get more entries at the club show if there was money on offer or perhaps offer a couple of stakes classes? Let me know your thoughts.
I see SWKA has an entry of 5 dogs (no CCs here as removed last year). Of course nowadays the geographical split of where greyhound exhibitors live is different to 20 years ago when the West Country and Wales were very well represented. The entry is no reflection on the judge but more logistical and financially driven. However I do wonder how long championship shows will be able to support a breed with etnries like this which then is a shame for up and coming judges.
We have had five new champions this year, based on the numbers entered this sounds a lot, however if you review the records over the years, the numbers made up each year can vary a lot. Interesting four out of the five are imports, but then if there have been no UK bred puppies in the ring for about 3 years I guess this is not surprising!
Away from the championship shows there appear to have been lots of greyhound rescue shows going on and Sheena Clarke is continuing her winning way with Bilbo Baggins, ‘Bill’, by winning Best in Show at Surrey Sighthounds Show. Not content with this Sheena and Bill went onto win RBIS at the all breeds Shields show – fabulous weekend for them! There is a show in aid of the Greyhound Trust at Willow Farm, Faversham this Saturday, judging starts at 11am.
The club show is a couple of weeks away and I understand has a good entry for specialist judge Lisa Sampson, full details next week. As usual any donations for the raffle or refreshments stall will be gratefully received.
Judges for Crufts for the next four years are: Carla Molinari 2020, Jackie White 2021, Mark Cocozza for 2022, and Graham Hill for 2023, only the one specialist judge.