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Poodle Training Club Show 2003

 

 

 

Go the Poodles!

The second Poodle Training Club Agility & Obedience show, sponsored by Nutro, took place on Sunday, 5 October 2003, albeit without the obedience part. This year there were even more entries with 88 dogs entered - 44 minis, six midis and 38 standards, making a total of 302 entries. Their ability ranged from dogs that had taken part in the World Championships the previous weekend to those who were only just ready to compete and coming from all over the UK from Scotland to Suffolk to Devon and everywhere in between.

We decided that as the obedience was cancelled and the venue was still being paid for we would use the extra field for a Pay on the Day class. We were covered for this in the schedule purely because we were unsure how many entries we would get in the first year and might have ended up with half of the day left over! It now came in handy and we were able to set up a second ring. Our thanks go to Brian Hutton for standing in all day with a stopwatch and money bucket. Admittedly he was in brilliant sunshine all day, and who said women did all the talking?

Showtime
The day of the show was bright and frosty. In fact, we had to scrape ice off the windscreen. We put up the agility signposts on the way and arrived at Benbow Stables at about 8.15am so that we could make sure everything was ready for a 10.00am start.

The judges, Anne and Tony Edwards, were there already making a start on the first course of the day. Between them they set four lovely courses to suit the beginner and the Advanced dog. Anne did the morning stint in her black 'poodle look-alike' jacket and Tony had the warmer afternoon session. Even so with the number of entries and four course changes we were still running at 5.30

We had lots of help with Derek Cheek as Show Manager and Chief Timer, Ellen Rocco doing most of the scoring, Maggie Cheek, Jill Pipe and Dot Catchpole calling , Sue Reeves and Marie Patchell manning the tea hut and others pole picking. Charlotte Dee did a sterling job selling raffle tickets making £47 on the day. Jill Keeley provided lunch for the workers, which isn’t easy when you don’t know when the workers are going to down tools.

A member of the club wanted to make more trophies available and donated a sum of money towards this. We were, therefore, able to increase the number of trophies so that there was a trophy for the winner of each size dog in each class and trophies to the winners of the pairs in addition to the very nice rosettes. Nutro also donated 5kg bags of dog food for the winner of each class and sample bags for every competitor.

The comments received on the day and subsequently have all been favourable and a good time seems to have been had by all. If we run it next year I hope all poodle handlers will all come. We will, however, have to make the start time earlier!

Give blood
The Pay on the Day was run in aid of the Shirley Walne Fund for Sebaceous Adenitis, set up for research into genetic diseases in Standard Poodles. For those of you who do not know, a DNA bank is being set up and as many blood samples as possible are required from as many Standard Poodles as possible.

If you are taking your dog to the vet for any reason it would be very helpful if you could get your vet to take a blood sample at the same time. Many will do it free or at a nominal charge if they know that it is for research. Then contact Molly Windebank tel. 020-84642811 or email mollywindebank@standardpoodle.com. She will send you the paperwork. Details are available on the web site http://www.standardpoodleclub.com

The Club made £48 thanks to Brian Hutton. Bob and Wendy Ratcliffe contributed some of the takings from the sale of their cards so the club will be able to send a donation of £53.

The results were as follows;


Class 1

Class Size Place Handler Dog
Agility Mini  1 Hannah Mitchell Black’n Rapturous at Idadoun
    2 Hannah Mitchell Shanandi Hit’n Run
    3 Barbara Edlin Coppa’s April Waltz
  Midi 1 Mary Ann Nester Golden Dazzle Over Aprika
    2 Jane Tatam Vanitonia Sergeant Buzz Fuzz
    3 Lillian Bradley Rustic High Flyer
  Standard 1 Angela Walker Rolly the Rocker
    2 Michelle Johnson Chou Chou Noire
    3 Wendy Ratcliffe Acecliffe Star Dancer
Best Unplaced Elementary   Sheron Wills Alexhian Amazing Grace
  Starter   Dorothy Catchpole Majorna Amethyst Flame
  Novice   Heather Reeves Ajanti On Me Tod
  Intermediate   Denise Smith Piquant Printers Girl

 
Class 2

Class Place Handler Dog
Mixi Pairs 1 Jean Hutton
Ruth Faulkener
Taranmur Penelope Pitstop (Std)
Rankeilor Gold Lightening (Mini)
  2 Barbara Edlin
Vanessa Layton
Coppa’s April Waltz (Mini)
Karamugi A Little Bit More (Mini)
  3 Bob Ratcliffe
Wendy Ratcliffe
Acecliffe Star Dancer (Std)
Acecliffe Chim Chim Cherie (Std)


Class 3

Class Size Place Handler Dog
Jumping Mini 1 Hannah Mitchell Black’n Rapturousat Idadoun
    2 Denise Smith Piquant Printers Girl
    3 Barbara Edlin Coppa’s April Waltz
  Midi 1 Mary Ann Nester Golden Dazzle over Aprika
    2 Jane Tatam Vanitonia Sergeant Buzz Fuz
    3 Lillian Bradley Rustic High Flyer
  Standard 1 Jean Hutton Taranmur Penelope Pitstop
    2 Adrian Shoosmith Ice Diamond Delight
    3 Ian Lyon Inglehead Devil of Dance
Best Unplaced Elementary   Marion Brown Taladayga Peaches and Cream
  Starter   Jacky Hunt Polmeneth Moon Magic
  Novice   Mary Ann Nester Crystalgorse Gari Baldi
  Intermediate   Mary Ann Nester  Idadoun Black Buttons


Class 4

Class Size Place Handler Dog
Helter Skelter Mini 1 Hannah Mitchell Shanandi Hit’n Run
    2 Hannah Mitchell Black’n Rapturous at Idadoun
    3 Vanessa Layton Karamugi A Little Bit More
  Midi   Jane Tatam Vanitonia Sergeant Buzz Fuzz
  Standard 1 Michael Derrick Vanitonia Passionary
    2 John Leslie Acecliffe Star Chaser
    3 Jean Hutton Taranmur Penelope Pitstop
Best Unplaced Elementary   Tracy Brown Myall Prince of Darkness
  Starter   Dorothy Catchpole Majorna Amethyst Flame
  Novice   Heather Reeves Ajanti On Me Tod
  Intermediate   Denise Smith Piquant Printers Girl

 

What happened to all you obedience people?
We cannot run a show without any competitors. Realistically there are insufficient of you to have an independent show even at Whipsnade’s cheap rates, which is why it was run in conjunction with an agility show last year. Can we have some input to the Secretary please on what you do want bearing in mind that it must be viable for cost and organisation?

 

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