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(Updated 2/5/01)

St. Patrick's Day is lost as Irish shows postpone

THE LATEST victim in the show calendar to suffer complete cancellation as a result of the Foot & Mouth Disease epidemic is the Irish Kennel Club St Patrick’s Day show which will now not take place this year. After we went to press last week and following a meeting on Tuesday evening April 17th the IKC issued the following press release: “The Irish Kennel Club regrets that owing to the escalation of Foot & Mouth Disease in Northern Ireland, St. Patrick’s show, provisionally re-scheduled for 6th-7th May 2001 has now been cancelled.

“All other Irish Kennel Club licensed events remain suspended until 31st May 2001 and the situation will be under constant review.

“The Irish Kennel Club strongly advise all Irish exhibitors against travelling to and/or exhibiting at dog shows in the UK and Northern Ireland until the current situation has abated.”

MAY 19-20 - SKC - EDINBURGH


THE SCOTTISH Kennel Club has announced that it intends to go ahead with the May Championship Show as planned. This also applies to the Open Agility Test and Competitions as well as the Top Dog Event.

A special meeting of the Finance and Administration Committee was called to discuss the implications of the Foot & Mouth Disease outbreak and the change of date for Crufts. The decision took account of the fact that the date of the show is over two months away and the arrangements with the Royal Highland Agricultural Society for the lease of Ingliston remain unchanged.

Scottish shows licensed by the Kennel Club which decide to cancel are asked to inform the SKC offices as soon as possible.

MAY 25-28 - (RE-SCHEDULED DATE) - CRUFTS NEC, BIRMINGHAM

JUNE 1-3 - SOUTHERN COUNTIES - CRAWLEY

The Association intends to go ahead with its Championship Show unless forbidden to do so by MAFF. Anyone who has entered but unfortunately finds themselves within three miles of an outbreak should refrain from attending and under those circumstances the exhibitor’s entry fees will be refunded.

A downloadable schedule and entry form can be found at: http://www.southerncountiesdogshow.co.uk.
Full details of location, judging times and any other special arrangements will be sent out with passes.
Salukis will be judged by Nicola Quadling and Giant Schnauzers by Len Anness.

JUNE 7-10 (RE-SCHEDULED DATE) BATH CANINE SOCIETY - BATH


Commenting on the change of show dates Gillian Waring said: “I would like to sincerely thank all the judges and exhibitors for standing by us at such a difficult time”. Schedules have been posted.

There has been a change of judge for Hamiltonstovares - Mrs Jean Lanning has been replaced by Angela Leigh.

JUNE 11-14 - THREE COUNTIES AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY - MALVERN

ORGANISERS ARE promising would-be exhibitors a full refund on entry fees should the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease take its toll on the event.

The Three Counties Agricultural Society is urging dog-owners to submit entry forms for the Three Counties Championship Dog Show (11 - 14 June), before the 1 May deadline, safe in the knowledge that they will be reimbursed if the show does not go ahead as planned.

The society is currently acting on advice from the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Environmental Health Officer, and all animal events scheduled to take place at its Malvern Showground home in March have been either cancelled or postponed.

The situation is constantly under review.

Dog Show Secretary, Anne Bathurst commented: “Last year’s Show attracted more than 8000 dogs from all over the country, and although entries for 2001 are beginning to come in, people are naturally concerned about the impact of foot and mouth, particularly in the light of the decision to postpone Crufts.

“We hope that the disease will soon be under control, and that we can look forward to another successful event. In the meantime, we want to encourage dog-owners to submit their entry forms as normal, and assure them that they will not be out of pocket if the worst should happen”.

JUNE 16-17 - BORDER UNION AS - KELSO SHOW CANCELLED.

JUNE 22-24 - BLACKPOOL CS - WESTBY, BLACKPOOL

AT A recent meeting the Committee of Blackpool & DCS decided to proceed with their Championship Show at the end of June.

The Committee have taken advice from all quarters and discussed the whole situation in great detail. The ultimate decision to proceed with caution is obviously subject to the progress of the Foot & Mouth situation and any developments either way.

Should the show be able to take place, as we all hope, every precaution will be taken in terms of disinfectant etc.
Further announcements will be made in due course but for now all last year’s exhibitors have been sent schedules from the printers, Canine Information Directory. Because of the delay due to the Foot & Mouth problem, the Committee have decided that it would be expedient for all exhibitors to send entries direct to Canine Information Directory marked ‘Blackpool Entries’. Their full address and contact details are as follows: Mike & Joy Robins, CID Blackpool Entries, George House, 60 Nithsdale Avenue, Market Harborough, Leicester, LE16 9PE. Tel/Fax: 01858-433404. See the centre pages of OD2 for a full schedule.

JUNE 29-30 JULY 1 - WINDSOR DOG SHOW SOCIETY

PLANS ARE in hand for the show to be held as usual in Home Park, Windsor. Schedules for the show have been sent out to all last year’s exhibitors. The closing date for entries is May 14th.

JULY 5-8 - SWKA, CHEPSTOW

THE SECRETARY, Isobel Dyke said: “At the moment we are still going ahead with the show. Schedules have been posted to last year’s exhibitors”.

JULY 11-13 - PAIGNTON & DISTRICT FANCIERS’ ASSOC, EXETER


THE SECRETARY Ann Hodsoll said: “The show will be going ahead at the moment, but should we have to cancel in the future, all entry fees will be returned. Schedules to last year’s exhibitors have already been posted”.

JULY 17-19 - EAST OF ENGLAND AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, PETERBOROUGH

THE SECRETARY, Pearl Crocker said: “At this time we have every intention of running the show in July. The schedules have already been posted to last year’s exhibitors, but should anyone need a schedule please contact me on 01733 234451 asking for the Dog Show Office.

The closing date for entries has been extended to Wednesday 30th May”.

JULY 21ST - NATIONAL WORKING & PASTORAL BREEDS CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW, MALVERN

NO DECISION has as yet been made. Secretary Ann Arch said: “We are keeping the matter under constant review, and liaising with the venue.

“No schedules have as yet been printed, and we thank Kitchener Printers for agreeing to work to extremely tight time constraints should we be able to go ahead. A decision will be made after May 16th, so please don’t call for information, as we can’t give answers at present!”

JULY 28-30 - LEEDS CITY & DCA, HAREWOOD HOUSE

THE SECRETARY, Liz Stannard said: “Leeds are definitely going ahead with the show as Harewood House opened to the public. They have taken all livestock off the ground so there is no chance of Foot & Mouth being brought into the ground. We have actually had to have a reprint of the schedules as they have run out - this is the first time we have had to do this so we are feeling very confident about the show”.

AUGUST 4 - HOUND ASSOCIATION, STAFFORD

THE SECRETARY Mrs Rawlings said: “We will let everyone know the situation after our AGM on the 9th May, however, restrictions have been lifted in surrounding areas so we are hoping that the show will go ahead as planned”.

AUGUST 4 - NATIONAL GUNDOG ASSOCIATION, MALVERN


THE SHOW is planned to go ahead as normal.

AUGUST 11-13 - BOURNEMOUTH CANINE ASSOCIATION, BROCKENHURST


THE SECRETARY, Mrs Courtney said: “The show is still planned to go ahead. Schedules have been posted to all last year’s exhibitors. Should there be any change exhibitors and trade stand holders will be notified and their entry fees returned”.

AUGUST 17-19 - WELSH KENNEL CLUB, BUILTH WELLS

THE SHOW is planned to go ahead as normal.

AUGUST 25-26 - SCOTTISH KENNEL CLUB, EDINBURGH

THE SHOW is planned to go ahead as normal.

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2 - CITY OF BIRMINGHAM CANINE ASSOCIATION, BIRMINGHAM

THE SHOW is planned to go ahead as normal.