truth to rumours of
Midlands Sports Connexion closure
THAT a popular venue for many canine shows was due to close
have been denounced as "totally incorrect" by the
manager of the Coventry-based sports complex in question.
The Sports Connexion, located at Ryton-on-Dunsmore, plays host
to 100 or more canine shows each year and has proved to be a
popular venue for many grades of show, including numerous Open
and Breed events.
OUR DOGS was informed of rumours that the Sports Connexion was
due to be sold to developers and the site turned into a new
housing estate. However, the Sports Connexions Director
Mike Taylor vehemently refuted these allegations.
"I can categorically state that these rumours are totally
unfounded," said Mr Taylor. "Let me please reassure
your readers and all the canine societies who have booked space
with us for shows, that the Sports Connexion has not been sold,
we remain committed to staging all shows which have been booked
for the coming year and, indeed, we are taking bookings for
shows up to and including 2009."
Undoubtedly the number of shows at the Sports Connexion are
set to drop in the coming years, thanks to the Kennel Clubs
diktat that with effect from January 2003, general canine societies
could be limited to staging one open show per year and, if they
fail to meet the criteria set to ensure better class averages,
they may stage no more than two shows per year in total, to
maintain consistency of standards.
The KCs decision, which was announced in late October,
has been greeted with consternation from all areas of the canine
world, as evidenced by the sheer volume of readers letters
received on the subject.