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London & Home Counties Toy Poodle Club
12th April 2003 - Report by Lucille Dangerfield

2003 Committee

I’m not sure whether noteworthy dog shows are akin to London’s buses - no sooner does one show up (after an interminable wait) but another comes along as well.

Hot on the heels of a very enjoyable Contest of Champions came a show for toy poodles that really was another winner.

Eligibility for entry for LONDON & HOME COUNTIES TOY POODLE CLUB’S fortieth anniversary show was the first perk on offer for all 92 toys which entered. Following closely was the next perk – to be judged by Adrian Perry-Coxall of Tiopepe fame.Third perk of the day for all those stylish pooches was the chance of a crumb of the cake that was appropriately decorated with a ruby OSCAR - a delicious pre lunch feature of the show.

Mrs A Penfold & Mrs M Cleaver’s Dog CC and eventual BIS, Ch Shalankas Justin Time JW, pictured with Mr N Buther’s Bitch CC Tuttlebees Witches Witch and judge Adrian Perry-Coxall

Coupled with celebrating the club’s anniversary, was recognition of the (July 2003) wedding anniversary of Nigel and Julie Cooke. Yes you guessed it – their fortieth also. Nigel and Julie constitute the world’s hardest working Secretary and Treasurer any club has the good fortune to have amongst its committee members. They received a specially commissioned painting of one of their poodles.

A BIG birthday was also saluted for another member of the hard – working committee, Pat Banks.

Perks for the two legged participants were excellent - prize money, much of which resulted from the generous donations of other poodle clubs and individual donors; Oscar silver spoons, and very generous donations of dog food from a range of sponsors. Duck eggshell was the background for the two exquisite poodle heads which adorned the front of the commemorative cards - another perk for exhibitors.

Adrian’s judging was great to watch for its consistency and decisiveness. All exhibitors received a "fair innings". The class that gained my vote for favourite was "Any other clip, Any age, Any colour, D. or B." It was won by Kim Sillito’s chocolate bitch Malibu For The Good Times shown in the very stylish Kim’s special clip. Ask Kim for a lesson in how to achieve the look. Believe me it’s a winner.

A raffle awash with an array of goodies was challenged by another for a specially made teddybear complete with ruby fur! A £50 note completed the trio of raffles to whet the spender’s appetite.

Committee member John Osborn’s bacon rolls were a big breakfast winner. A more dapper dresser in the kitchen is hard to imagine.

The atmosphere during the show was in line with the winnning poodles - unbeatable on the day.

Months of planning and sheer hard graft generated a day where compliments all round were the order of the day. Heartiest congratulations to all concerned. I look forward to the celebrations for the club’s half century.