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With Henley not being at all well, a couple of the girls in season and Lily recovering from surgery - no shows for a few weeks. So as well ascanine nursing activities we actually got some very overdue jobs done around the house. This meant that we missed East of Englad Show and a couple of others, but the dogs well being came first so was a small price to pay
Sunday 24th June - North of England Spaniel Club
Having missed Blackpool I decided to head off up north to this Open Show held at the same venue at the Norther ESS club hold theirs. A great venue but we had to be inside as the lawns were very waterlogged from all the rain. OUr breed judge was Rita Rawding (Dukedel) who awarded Holly Best of Breed then the Best in Show was judged by Wilma Reid (shanaz) who awarded Holly Reserve Best in Show. Wow that was a lovely surprise and we came away with lots of lovely goodies, a huge bag of dog food and a super rosette!
Blackpool show cancelled after the first day due to the terrible weather !!
17th June Border Counties Ch Show
There ae some shows that you think before you go that you really could be doing other things - well this was one of them. It was a horrible day weather wise and after the long drive up to Kelso and paddling around in the mud Holly got a very credible 3rd in Open under judge Di Arrowsmith. It was such a shame about the weather as this is a lovely show in one of the nicest venues on the show circuit - but we squelched our way round the ring and were really pleased to get home in the dry!
8th June 2012 - Three Counties Championship Show
No CC's on for this show which reflected in the entry of 20. Malvern is a lovely venue WHEN the weather is kind but true to form for our so called British summer it was grey and damp - but it's an ideal meeting venue for me to meet up with my daughter who lives in Cheltenham, so we made the most of it and had a lovely day doing 'girlie' things. (Geoff was off doing other things!) Martin Sanders was our judge and Holly was awarded 2nd in Open behind one of our top winning Champion bitches in the breed who he gave Best Bitch and Best of Breed to which left Holly with Reserve Best Bitch.
Now that Holly is a Champion I am eligible to enter the Chamion Stakes Classes - Ben Reynolds-Frost was presiding over a class of 28 Champions and I was delighted when she was shortlisted and then selected 4th place. Got a voucher for 2 bags of treats - so everyone was happy and I was delighted that Holly was considered one of the best four out of all those seasoned champions!
1st June 2012 - Southern Counties Championship show
Under the watchful eye of Mr Hans T Lehtinen we strutted our stuff to Hollys 4th CC. Sadly Geoff couldn't make it today and stayed at home dog sitting so I rode 'shotgun' with Helen Merry who was brilliant company.
It was a particularly special CC as Holly won her first CC under Roly Cross at this show - must be my lucky show ground!!
Thanks Helen for getting me there and back in one piece and your good humour and well done winning Best Veteran in Breed with Solo
Special congrats must go to Seamus and Jacky who not only got BOB but then went on to Group 1 and Best in Show!! Great to have a Springer in the final line up - a brilliant ambassador for our breed.
29th April 2012 - WELKS
Caroline Robinson was the judge today and gave Holly a 2nd in Open Bitch
1st April - Lancs & Cheshire Championship Show
Moray Armstrong of the Bitcom affix was our judge elect for the day and Holly was placed a lovely 2nd in a very good Open Class behind M. Sublimity (Again) - methinks I shall have to knobble her to get passed her as that is the second Open Class where we have stood behind her. But seriously well done Ray she looked lovely again
Fab food as usual and a lovely atmosphere at the show and everyone seemed to have a good time...... and not an April Fools joke in sight :-))