This popular Companion Show, which is held annually on the second Saturday in July, took place in good weather. A total of 65 dogs competed for the awards of Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show, Best Puppy in Show, Reserve Best Puppy in Show, Best Veteran and Best Novelty. The judge for the pedigree classes, Kim Lathaen, had a hard task as she was faced with not just quantity but quality entries too, writes Petula Field, Show Secretary.
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At the end of judging 10 Pedigree classes Kim decided the BIS would go to the eight-year-old Papillon, Oliver White Lightning owned by Mrs M. Whittaker and handled by Mr K. Whittaker, Res BIS was awarded to Mr G. Vaughan's Whippet, Best Puppy was the Foxhound owned by Mr and Mrs Bateman and handled by Mr E. Bateman and RBP Mrs J. Sorfleet's Chihuahua.
The Novelty classes were judged by Dr P. Noble and included the Veteran and Vintage classes. In the past couple of years Mrs Whittaker had done well in the Vintage class with her Smooth Coat Chihuahua, Bambi. Unfortunately Bambi passed away whilst undergoing surgery at the end of last year so a trophy was introduced in his memory. Mrs Whittaker was unaware of this until she was asked to present the trophy to the Best Veteran, which was the Wirehaired Vizsla, Rocky, owned by Mr and Mrs D. Smith and handled by Mrs S. Smith.
The final class of the day was Retrieve the Sausage which caused some hilarity as handlers tried to get their dogs to retrieve the sausage without eating it. The winner was a Border Collie puppy called Willow. Then all 1st prize winners were asked to compete for Best Novelty in Show which was won by a local boy with his Stafford x bitch Tia.
A great day was had by all and a profit of £80 was raised which will go towards local charities. Prizes for the main winners were kindly donated by Burns Pet Nutrition and there were samples for many of the exhibitors.