Down, down, waaaay down.

This weekend is Blackpool Show and the Glen of Imaal Terrier is a great big one only. Next on the calendar is East of England and there is only an entry of nine there.  The recent Glen of Imaal Terrier Association Show only had 21 entries and the majority of those belonged to the Committee; what in tarnation is happening?

Were the “doom and gloom” merchants correct? That was what the people were called who said that the awarding of Challenge Certificates to the breed would be a huge negative. CCs at some shows would mean shows without would see a reduction in entries so judges wouldn’t get the practice. This would mean judges appointed with a “huh, what are they to do with Glens?” so there would be even less entries. Some would say the answer would be to give CCs at all shows but

a) Where would the judges come from?

b) What exactly would be gained? Other than a chance to spend a lot more money on entry fees

The last non CC terrier breed, the Cesky, has just been turned down by the Kennel Club for tickets & their people are not really grieved about it at all. Have their owners and (maybe the KC) looked at what happened to the last terrier breed awarded?

Are you thinking of staying?

The PRA Fundraising Event on July 12th will fit very well into anybody taking a few days off to attend East of England Championship Show. Last year there were tents, caravans and the local hotel all filled with Fund Raising bodies but this year we have encountered a slight problem; the Comfort Inn is now closed.

Luckily it hasn’t locked its doors two days before the event so people already booked into there have been found new accommodation but what about you? Some had already given provisional notice that they were thinking of stopping the night but, as yet, hadn’t booked. If you DO want to stay overnight please let Jean know ASAP and she will assign you to one of the B&B rooms on standby!

East of England entries close today

Entries for East of England Championship Show close today. The show has had a change of date and Glen of Imaal Terriers have had a change of judge. Glens will now be judged by Jamie Sage on Friday 10th July.

The PRA Fundraising day is on Sunday July 12th at Swineshead (a mere 35 miles away) so a great chance to have a thoroughly good weekend. Accomadation for dogs and people can be arranged.

Something extra for E of E

just-dogs-liveThe East of England Agricultural Society is delighted to announce a brand new Show for 2009. ‘Just Dogs Live’ will be held at the East of England Showground on 10th, 11th and 12th July 2009. Just Dogs Live will incorporate the East of England Championship Dog Show, and will include the traditional Crufts qualifier showing classes. The new Show will also feature additional attractions, including demonstrations and competitions to ensure the event is a fantastic day out for all dog lovers, young and old. Just Dogs Live will feature around 200 breeds of dogs, and will be a fantastic opportunity for visitors to discover more about owning a dog, including which breed is best for you, nutrition, welfare and training advice. Plus there will be plenty of trade stands so you can spoil yourself and your doggy companion with lots of treats! Dog Listener, Jan Fennel, and her team of trainers will be on hand to give help and advice to dog owner, and there will be a number of displays, including Mullenscote Gundogs, the Siberian Husky Welfare Association, Pets as Therapy and the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. Plus, there will be fast and furious dog agility.

Andrew Mercer, Chief Executive of the Agricultural Society said: ‘We are delighted to be hosting this brand new, weekend Show, which will allow us to develop on a range of new features to take advantage of the fabulous exhibition centre, exec Peterborough. This will be a great new Show, with something for all the family.’ Advanced tickets: Advanced tickets are priced at Family (2 adults + 2 children) £10, Adult £4, Senior (65+) £3 and Children (5-16 years) £2. You can book by telephone by calling 0845 600 5445 or download an advanced ticket booking form from here.

On-the-gate-admission: Family (2+2) £12, Adult £5, Senior (65+) £4 and Children (5-16 years) £3. Dogs are welcome at the Show. Tickets for dogs cost £3.