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Contest of Champions 2006

The arrangements for the 2006 Contest of Champion Show Dogs are well underway. This year's event is sponsored by Royal Canin and will take place at the Thistle Hotel, London Heathrow, on Saturday, 1 April.

The hotel has one of the largest banqueting rooms in the country. This allows 350 spectators to remain seated at their tables and watch the contest in a ring larger than some provided at Championship Shows.

This unique competition invites the top dogs in every breed (UK) to compete against each other head-to-head on a knock-out basis. The match is limited to 64 dogs, so the stampede to fill the 64 places has already commenced. The three judges, whose identities are not revealed until the evening, are all from overseas and do not normally judge on the UK circuit.

The event is organised by the Canine Supporters Charity whose prime objective is to raise money. Unlike some Charities, there are no paid staff and no admin costs. Every penny raised is donated to canine charities. The 2005 event raised £15,000.

The programme starts with a reception at 4pm, dinner at 5pm, and the Contest begins at 7pm. The evening is brought to a conclusion by dancing until the early hours. During the evening there are plenty of opportunities for you to be relieved of your money in aid of charity: a sweepstake on the Contest result; the huge tombola, and an auction of various goods and memorabilia conducted by the Charity's President, Peter Purves.

So, if you are looking for a dog show combined with a good evening's entertainment, look no further. Come and support your breed. Why not make up a table? Tickets are priced at £40 per person. Special hotel room rates have been negotiated. Tickets and further information are available from: Hon Sec, Karina Le Mare, Wey Farm, Guildford Road, Ottershaw, Surrey KT16 0QW Tel: 01932 873239. e-mail info@weyfarm.co.uk

Remember - The dogs that compete are the top dogs in their breed. No other show can boast that!