The 10th Anniversary of the Northern Samoyed Society’s Samoyed and Puppy of the year 2005 took place at the Novotel, Nottingham on Saturday, 19th November 2005, this year’s secret Judge Monsieur Christian Leneuf from France writes Pam Taylor.
To celebrate the 10 years, the Society produced a beautiful Souvenir Programme containing coloured pictures of the qualifiers from all the Championship shows during the year. 105 people attended and there were 24 adult dogs present and 15 puppies. MC for the evening was Gerald Mitchell. The room was a picture decorated in the red and white colours of the Society and a French flag was later added. Balloons festooned each table. The major sponsor was Royal Canin.
After a welcoming drink, the competition commenced. Puppies were judged first in the format of a series of knockout rounds.
The winner was Alison South’s puppy bitch Amerige Heaven Sent to Aleski. Runner up was her litter brother, Farrington’s Amarige Gucci. 3rd Reid’s Zamoyski Lucky Celebration at Solnanda and 4th George’s Samgold Sugar and Spice. The winner was announced to the usual fanfare of "Simply the Best" and flashing cameras..
During the dinner, an auction took place with Chairman, Ray Taylor doing an excellent job of getting people to part with their money. There were some super donated items.
After the dinner, the adult competition got underway with the MC giving details of dogs pet names and their individual strange habits. This kept everybody amused especially with Gerald’s mispronunciations. The tension mounted all the way through to the final when the winner was announced. This was Mr. & Mrs. Hughes’s Ch. Syanaria Phantom. Runner up Reid’s Zamoyski Lucky Celebrity at Solnanda 3rd South’s Amarige Heaven Sent to Aleski 4th Hale and Collins Astutus Buff Beauty. This is the second time Ch. Syanaria Phantom has won this event. He was also a winner in 2001 and a Runner Up in 2003. All celebrated to the tune of "We are the Champions".
Major winners received a piece of crystal donated by the Society and all qualifiers each received an inscribed pottery memento.
The judge, Christian Leneuf has judged Nordic Breeds since 1980. He has judged Samoyeds all over Europe and in Finland. He stated that he was very impressed with the quality of the dogs present and thought the show organisation was "remarkable".
Mrs.Mitchell, the President was given the task of announcing the Best Dressed Lady Exhibitor, Best Dressed Male Exhibitor and Best Dressed Spectator. There were indeed some stunning outfits. Best Dressed Lady Exhibitor went to Penny Roberts wearing a stunning dress with a cape of shimmering gold sequins. Tom Gwynne won the male award and then Mrs. Mitchell asked two of the male spectators to walk down the dining room giving a twirl, before finally making the award to John Winkler who actually owns a rescue Sammy. (Most of us were relieved at this stage because Mrs.Mitchell’s eye had first been taken by a gentleman in a yellow jacket, who was actually a waiter!) Each of these winners won a bottle of champagne.
The evening then really got underway with the usual disco dancing and general merriment. There were some real movers and shakers on the dance floor.
On display at this event was a Rose Bowl, newly acquired by the Northern Samoyed Society, for BIS at their Championship Show. This was to acknowledge the Breed Record holder, Ch. Zamoyski Lucky Casanova at Roybridge. A citation was placed alongside.
Many people choose to spend the night at the hotel and private celebrations went on until the wee small hours of the morning.