SOMEONE HIGH above must approve of the Midland Bedlington Terrier Club Fun Day as the Cotswolds, once again, basked in late Spring sunshine. This was particularly appreciated by the twelve families who stayed on the show field in a variety of motorhomes, caravans and tents.
The weekend activities began with a two-hour walk around Brailes, in which thirty Bedlingtons took part. This was followed by a pizza and a glass of wine. The morning of the Fun Day, dawned with a clear sky and a welcomed light breeze. The race track was set out and rings arranged for both agility and a Fun Dog Show. A slightly more formal event saw eight dogs being awarded the KC Bronze in the Good Citizen Scheme.
The concept of the Fun Day is to show that the sole purpose of a Breed Club is not to organise Open and Championship shows but to promote the breed. The Fun Day provided the opportunity to meet, chat, and generally discuss the breed. It was good to see that more than eighty Bedlingtons were present from as far afield as Newcastle and Kent.
As well as the usual ‘competitions’ the acclaimed author Mr John Glover was present with a display that explained the role of the working terrier. We were all pleased to see him and he was kept busy discussing working terriers with a large number of interested people.
My highlight of the day was the Parade of Rescue Dogs - ten Bedlingtons and a Greyhound were present. It was a delight to see how loved and well cared for these special dogs are, particularly as some came with photographs of what they looked like when rescued.
Results of ‘competitions’ do not really matter on a Fun Day, which involve races such as bone and spoon, skipping, halfway sausage eating and running with a tumbler of water all with a dog on a lead. For the record, Kerry Zinelli seems to be the winner of the largest number of races. Of special interest was the Veterans race where dog and handler were older than seven years and sixty-five years respectively.
In the agility ring there was a demonstration by proven agility dogs followed by a competition for all comers. The winning Bedlington was Jack Bojangles accompanied by Victoria.
The Fun ‘Dog Show’ may have had classes such as ‘Best Six Legs’ and ‘Dog With the Cleverest Trick’ but was expertly judge by club Chairman Brian Cleveley (Dorwest Herbs) and Pearl Pick, wife of the club patron.
As early evening was reached, events moved inside the hall for a fancy dress competition. This was judged on the ‘clapometer’ system in which the human member of each team explained their character and the audience made their choice by way of volume of clapping. The winners were a pair of fearsome pirates, Jack Roberts and his dog Morgan (Jetsway Captain Morgan).
After the fancy dress Maureen Wright (Toffset) was presented with a cake to mark her 65th birthday and qualifying as a veteran.
The day came to a close with a demonstration of Terrier Racing overseen by Mr Billy Fisher. It was a fitting climax to a wonderful day both for the Bedlington fraternity and the large number of other breeds and owners who turned out to support the day.
The club would like to thank all the people who worked so hard to make the day a success, and the many sponsors who generously supported the event. Photographs of the Fun Day can be found on the following websites: David Paton, Valleyfield Event photography and Bedlington Pictures.
From left to right: Dr. Hefin Jones OBE, President of the Midland Bedlington Terrier Club, Vera Baird MP, QC and Member for Redcar and Solicitor General with Zac,
a 13-year-old Bedlington who is now blind, and far right, Madeline Ahern with Toffset Thandi Tombi.
The Midland Terrier Club held a Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Award Examination conducted at the Fun Day - congratulations to the successful candidates.
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