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Vulnerable Breeds at Crufts 2018

The Kennel Club writes “Following the popularity of the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition at Crufts, the Kennel Club has announced that it will take place again this year, culminating in a grand final at Crufts 2018.

To raise awareness of vulnerable British & Irish breeds, and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity, the Kennel Club created the competition in 2015. Although only in its infancy, the competition has already proved very popular and at this year’s Crufts, Trevor Hayward took the title with his Smooth Collie, Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth.

Following comments made by competitors, it has been decided that only the Best of Breed winners at the group championship shows will qualify for the final, in order to raise the standard of the competition.”

Good, there is a showcase at Crufts but read the Press Release again: BOB at group championship shows will raise the standard of the competition. Huh? is the phrase that springs to mind as the logic rather escapes. Let’s take the breed we are as an example

Glen of Imaal Terriers will qualify at National Terrier and as that has already taken place it is known it’ll be Golden Spurs (sent forward by Peter Bakewell) that’ll be the breed representative. He’s a three year old, just starting to get it all together and should be fine but what if he had awarded the Bitch CC winner BOB? She absolutely deserved it but is still very young and chances are she’d be “in a stage” come next Spring-would seeing a naturally bit gawky youngster raise the standard? Glens now have Challenge Certificates and we play by the unofficial rules, if a judge has awarded you the CC you don’t enter under them again, so what if an NT judge is one that officiates regularly? A good selection of Glens wouldn’t be entering.

Also Glen of Imaal Terriers are a stripped breed. Some owners strip out after the Glen Association Show ready for Crufts and NT but others prefer their dogs to be just coming in coat for the Association Show so they are a bit long for Crufts and then they are stripped. Just one qualifying show for any breed that has a coat isn’t likely to “raise the standard” by anyone’s imagination that knows anything about dogs.

Wasn’t the whole idea of the previous points system one to get the so-called Vulnerables out and about and seen? Points were picked up in breed classes at both championship and open shows. If you didn’t want to, or weren’t able to, spend the money chasing around the big money championship shows you could still stand a chance of qualifying via the open show route. Everybody knows the best dogs don’t always appear at the best shows but that seems to have been forgotten. It was a competition that meant everybody, if they so wished, could have a go at because in the year somewhere there will be a few months when your dog will be in coat, there will be judges that like your type, she won’t be in season, will get the floor surface they like, there won’t be a bitch in season at home, it won’t be too hot etc. etc. Under these new rules “dedicated to their survival” (as per the press release) just means turning up to one show!

 

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Fancy a bit of volunteering?

Calling all volunteers!

If you love the Animal Health Trust, horse racing and/or cycling and don’t live too far from Newmarket, then we have some volunteering opportunities that might be right for you. Volunteering is a great way to help support a charity, meet new people, experience new things and we need some keen volunteers to help us at the below events.

To sign up to volunteer, just email events@aht.org.uk for more information.

AHT at Royal Windsor Horse Show

We’re thrilled to announce that the AHT, in its 75th year, is the first Equine Charity of the Year at Royal Windsor Horse Show next week (10 – 14 May). So if you’re visiting the show, or watching it on TV, look out for the AHT!

Bucket collectors wanted for Newmarket Charity Race Day – Saturday 10 June

If you like horse racing you could help represent the AHT on its annual charity race day at the July Course in Newmarket. Every year we are lucky enough to have volunteers run a bucket collection at the end of the day’s entertainment, often raising well over £1,000 in a short amount of time!

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Marshals needed for charity cycle ride – Sunday 25 June

We’re delighted to be the benefiting charity of the Newmarket Hilly Sportive on Sunday 25 June and need volunteers to help marshal the event and make sure the cyclists make their way round the course safely. If you like cycling, this will be a great event to be involved in as the competitors will find that Suffolk isn’t as flat as you might think!

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If you’re off to Royal Windsor Horse Show next week (lucky you!) look out for the AHT! We’ll be at the show promoting our work to improve the lives of dogs, cats – and especially horses! – as the Show’s Equine Charity of the Year. Visit our stand in the Shopping Village to find out more about our work, buy merchandise or make a donation.

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Gift Shop Volunteer needed!

If you’re looking for more regular volunteer work, we are always grateful for the help of volunteers in our Gift Shop and Visitor’s Centre.

For more information, please contact sandra.jaina@aht.org.uk

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Posted by on May 26, 2017 in General dog things

 

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Eye Testing in the summer

There will be a BVA/KC eye testing session (Peter Bedford officiating) at Hedge Green Cottage, Blackjack Road, Swineshead, Boston. PE20 3HH on Saturday July 15th. Appointments are need and can be obtained from Jean Rogers jean@e-f-g.co.uk. This is open to all breeds not just Glen of Imaal Terriers. It would be a good chance to get your Glen eye tested if you are thinking of mating them.

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May Kennel Club Journal online

The May Kennel Club Journal can be read online

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2017 in General dog things, General Glen Things

 

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Be VERY careful with this!

Glen of Imaal Terrier people like to buy things that have Glen of Imaal Terriers on them. Some Glen people even go running….well so we are told. This website has been sent and, after dissecting it a bit, there can only be one thing said……think VERY hard before purchasing. It could be genuine but websites that are seemingly in one country but actually aren’t are often only after your money!!

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in General dog things, General Glen Things

 

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It’s been mentioned before but….

….as it’s got more now.

The Kennel Club Academy (setting standards through education) is the online training source from the Kennel Club. If you are thinking of doing anything further in the world of dogs try and take time to take a fuller look at what it offers.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Dog Shows, General dog things, General Glen Things

 

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Just report them to Facebook

Sometimes emails arrive saying that Glen of Imaal Terriers are being advertised for sale on Facebook. Sometimes outright with a price and sometimes photographs with words along the line of “three of these beauties are still for sale”. Facebook have recently made the selling of animals illegal so if you have concerns you can now let them know direct.

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2017 in General dog things, General Glen Things

 

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