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Disappointment as more shows cancel

Issue: 02/04/2021

As reported elsewhere Crufts has been cancelled this year and this week both Windsor and UK Toydog have confirmed they have cancelled their shows.
Plans for the Windsor show had been rocked when it was confirmed that the Windsor Horse Show would be taking place at the same venue on the same dates. The land belongs to the Queen and it is understood that the horse show takes precedence over the dog show.
Irene Terry, secretary of Windsor, said in a statement, ‘It is with profound regret that the Officers and Committee of Windsor have, with great reluctance, found it necessary to cancel our show this year. As it is generally known, Home Park is not available to us this year, however with the invaluable assistance of the Royal Windsor Horse Show we continued to make plans for our show to be held on an alternative site in the Windsor area.   
‘Unfortunately, the insurmountable problem we finally faced was in providing all the infrastructure necessary to run a fully functioning show in a safe, secure and viable manner.
‘We are fully aware of the disappointment this will cause to those who are our loyal supporters and exhibitors and for those who had perhaps decided that, this year, Windsor would be their introduction to the dog show world, but our overwhelming concern has to be to run the show in an enjoyable way with the comfort and safety of both exhibitors and their dogs as our main priority.
‘We will of course be contacting all our judges, stewards, trade stands and support workers with this disappointing news.
‘After the necessary long period between our shows we hope to give everyone our usual warm welcome to a vibrant and traditional Windsor Show in 2022.’

UK Toydog

UK Toydog has also had to cancel its show. The show had been rescheduled from March 27 to September 29. With a number of shows also moving to later in the year the society said it was concerned that if their show had a reduced entry it would not be ‘financially viable.’
In a statement the society said, ‘It is with real regret that the United Kingdom Toydog Society have taken the decision to cancel the show scheduled for September 29th, 2021.
‘There is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding the current pandemic with talk of a third wave across Europe. We cancelled last year’s show at very short notice and all exhibitors and traders were given a complete refund. The decision to cancel this year’s show has not been taken lightly but the Committee took the view that it would be prudent to do so before the Society incurred any further expenditure.
‘When we agreed a date with the Kennel Club for the rescheduled show, we opted for a weekday so that we would not encroach upon any other show date. Neither Birmingham National, Scottish Kennel Club or Border Union had rescheduled at that stage. However, the calendar is now extremely full, particularly in September and October, and a Group Championship Show with a greatly reduced entry is not financially viable.
‘2022 is the 50th Anniversary of the Society’s first Championship Show and we all look forward to welcoming you to that event.’

Bath hopeful

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Bath Championship Show issued a statement to reassure exhibitors that they would be doing everything they can for their show to go ahead from July 31 to August 3. In statement they said, ‘As you are aware many of the shows planned for the 2021 show season have had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel, with the latest casualty being Crufts. Bath Canine Society would like to reassure everyone that we are making every effort to hold our show as planned and wish to try to instil confidence that we are taking the welfare of all the exhibitors, judges, stewards and all attendees of paramount importance. 
‘In these uncertain times we feel that we need to be as transparent as possible and have chosen to post up our current Covid-19 Risk Assessment to demonstrate that we are taking as many steps as possible to keep people safe while attending our show. 
‘We do feel that our 2021 championship show can be held safely for attendees and ask that you work with us to try to bring back some normality to our lives and our beloved sport. We are still in the process of planning aspects of our show and some aspects mentioned may need to change to conform with government guidance as we evaluate the best possible option for all involved.
Our schedules and showground layout will be available in due course.’

Southern Counties & Paignton

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This year’s Southern Counties show will be the first Championship show to go ahead since last year’s Crufts. Southern Counties Secretary Angela Cavill said, ‘Planning for our 2021 show to be held on 25th - 27th June continues and as I write we still plan to go ahead.
‘It will be very much a ‘cut down’ show with a very different layout, without benching and run in  accordance with any government regulations in force at the time. This mean exhibitors will need to read the information which will be sent out with passes very carefully.
‘I would like to put on record a huge thank you to all of our judges who have been quick to respond to my emails and encouraging to us in our efforts and to all of our exhibitors - our friends - who have sent words of encouragement both privately and on social media.
‘Following our next committee meeting on Wednesday 30th the schedule will be finalised and be available on FDS - Fosse Data Systems Ltd and through our website (www.southerncountiesdogshow.co.uk) which will be kept up to date with any changes announced on our Facebook page and in Our Dogs.
‘I would like to thank my committee for the continuing input, all our contractors who have been so supportive of the show and to Fosse Data Systems - in particular Tim Ball who makes my life so easy.
‘Thing may still change - we are at the mercy of government - but please bear with us - all being well we look forward to meeting friends again and enjoying our hobby in June.’
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In a similar post, Mark Elliott, Secretary of Paignton said: ‘Paignton and District Fanciers Association Officers and Committee are working hard behind the scenes and are delighted to say our schedule will be available online very soon for our FULLY BENCHED 2021 show. 
‘We have a number of breed clubs joining us this year, a full list will be available in our schedule. This year our Puppy Stakes and Champion Stakes will be qualifiers for Eukanuba Pup of the Year and Champion Stakes Competition. 
‘Agility and Obedience will be on the showground for you all to enjoy and caravans will be welcome from the 2nd of August.
‘More updates will follow in due course but we can’t wait to welcome you all to the Westpoint Arena in the 7th 8th and 9th of August!’ 

Westminster

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The Westminster Dog Show has confirmed that the show will take place without spectators or trade stands. In a statement they said, ‘Due to New York State COVID-19 regulations impacting the allowable number of attendees at events, Westminster’s 2021 events will, unfortunately, not be open to spectators or vendors. 
‘We will, therefore, not be selling any tickets for this event (this applies as well to our yearly ticket subscribers). If you are a ticket subscriber, you will receive a renewal form for the 2022 show sometime in the fall.  
‘Please make sure to mark your calendar and tune in on June 11th-13th for complete Westminster Weekend coverage on FOX, FS1, FS2, FOX apps, and on our website.’


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