Brit Valley Companion Dog Show 2014

Preparation for this year’s Dog Show was hampered by the most appalling weather!  In a downpour on the Saturday twelve members of the Club put up the tents and ring features in preparation for the Show on Sunday 25th May.

With some trepidation all assembled on the Melplash Showground at West Bay on the Sunday where, although the weather looked set fine there were puddles of standing water all around us. Vehicles driving in were creating a bow-wave so conditions really were extreme. The decision was made to go ahead however and last-minute preparations were completed in the hope that we would get some show-goers. We needn’t have worried, the dog owners and exhibitors are a hardy bunch, and an excellent crowd turned out and enjoyed a sunny day if it was a little wet underfoot!

This year the club was raising funds for several charities, Parkinson’s UK an organization which funds important research into this disease, which seems to be so prevalent these days, and the Dorset Children’s hospice Julia’s House. In addition the aim was to contribute to Rotary Charities.

Our Judges this year were Helen Freeman in the Pedigree Ring and Jill Partridge, who had replaced Sylvia Coggle, in the Novelty ring, were kept busy adjudicating on the relative merits of over 125 dogs. By half past four the results were available and the winner of the pedigree dogs and best in show was Gus a Gordon Setter owned by
Debrah Langley awarded The Jessie James cup, and the best Puppy, French Bulldog Esme, owned by Hayley Smith was awarded the Daisy Perpetual Cup.  In the Novelty Ring the overall winner was Lady owned by Mrs Aylett awarded the Ron Short Cup and in addition a new cup was awarded by the President to his own personal choice on the day; this was Bow owned and shown by Elle Woodall.  The cups were presented by the President of the Brit Valley Rotary Club, Patrick Stokes.

Our sponsor this year was Elwell Boarding Kennels and the Club is very grateful to proprietor Nell for her important support.  Sadly Nell couldn’t be with us has her own dog had just given birth! In addition the Club would like to thank all the advertisers who supported the programme.

The display ring hosted the Portland Dog Agility club and once again they provided an intriguing display of canine obedience and agility. This year a new entry was to be seen, a rather large dog called Portly who turned out to be Steven Hardy dressed in a dog costume! The show was compèred by old friend Tony Thorpe. who entertained the crowd with lots of team competitions throughout the afternoon.

Tea and cakes and an variety of exotic hot foods were supplied by Rotary Club members and the money went to their charity fund.  Brit Valley Rotary Club look  forward to welcoming owners and their dogs back next year on the 24th May 2015.

The Companion Dog Show is not organised by the Melplash Agricultural Society, please visit the Brit Valley Rotary Club website for contact details.

Lucy