Show secretary’s report – East Kilbride

East Kilbride D.T.C. Champ Show
Sunday 1st of September

After the horrendous rain we had leading up to the weekend, what a relief that Sunday dawned dry & breezy! A short burst of drizzle midway through the morning was the worst we got – thankfully.

We are very fortunate that we can have access to the venue & it’s indoor facilities on the afternoon prior to the show, which saves us time & work early on the day – this is due to the cooperation of the staff at South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture, and the ground staff at Brancumhall for which the Club is very grateful.

Thank you soooo much to all of our club members & also the members of Burnbank who turned out at 7.00 to help set up the rings & put up tents, and to all who helped steward Stays. I always think we are fortunate in Scotland to have such a strong support from other clubs and competitors to help make our Show Days go well.

Sheena and the kitchen ladies served up breakfast, lunch and cakes galore, as well as seeing that the judges were sent out fully nourished for the day!! Your hard work is always appreciated- Thank You xx

Sue and her ‘ladies in waiting’ provided lunch, which had all been prepared by Sue – and it was up to the usual high standard. Thank you all.
Thank you also of course to the judges and stewards who gave up their day competing to enable the show to go ahead.

Congratulations to all of our class winners – it’s fabulous to see the happy faces in the presentations.

Sadly we have had the last Show of the year here in Scotland – so set the date in your diary for next year – Sunday 6th of September.

Left at the Novice 1 ring were 2 dumbbells & we also have a blue knotted ball that was dropped on the bridge – just get in touch if you think they are yours. I will be at Stanhope.

Thank you for all the lovely comments made about the show- they are very much appreciated.

So another year has gone and hence the work starts again for next year! So happy to have the day off work to recover today – and for those who know me best, you’ll be happy to know that no manicure was harmed in the making of this show lol.

See you all around the shows.

Anne Marie & the committee of East Kilbride

Show secretary’s report – Lichfield

Thank you to everyone who came to Lichfield and District Dog Training Society’s 50th anniversary show this weekend.

The caterer letting us down at the last minute (literally 8.30pm on Wednesday night!!) was the start of a rollercoaster weekend!

Firstly a massive thank you to Jackie and Nyree from Hollywood Hotstuff , who came all the way from Wales to provide catering for the judges and competitors. They had just 24 hours notice and did an amazing job all round.

Tracey may have a career change by next year, as she is thinking of hitching a lift to Wales to continue her crash course in mobile catering!!

Thank you to everyone who entered, we hope you had a great weekend.

And a big thank you to all club members, as well as everyone who gave up their time to help in any part of the running of the show.

See you next year,

Bea and Tracey
(currently the most tired show secretaries in the UK!)

PS. We have decided to treat ourselves to a pub meal as we are too tired to cook anything (not that we have anything in to cook anyway!). I was definitely in the wrong lane at the roundabout on my road…. auto pilot to the show!B

Show secretary’s report – Ditton

Another year and another show over. Thank you to everyone who helped to make Ditton weekend a huge success. As some of you are aware lots goes on in the build up to the show. Thank you to Jamie RileySteve Carpenterand Deirdre and Tanya Butler, Teresa Paterson and Alicia Oakley for your pre show work as well as on the day.

Thank you to all the judges and stewards who give up their day to help everyone and to the Rugby club for their usual support and great food.
We have lots of help from some of our Committee and also others. This is what helps to run the show smoothly.

Great to see our club president Maureen Shelley come along too and spend some time with us.

Sorry for the weather not being sunny all weekend but there are some things we can’t be in control of.

At least after the rain came the sun!

The show is a time consuming event but always feels worth the work when you see people working together and you get to catch up with friends.

Thank you all for the kind comments and thanks as this is always welcome, especially after a long weekend.

Please feel free to get in touch with Teresa Paterson if you can help us with judging or anything next year.

So, until our next show, enjoy your dogs and have fun!

Lune Valley – Show Secretary’s Report

Wow what can I say, we survived a three-day show!!

The weather threw everything at us, thunder, lightening, torrential rain, and a heat wave and the M6 motorway didn’t do much better with closures on Saturday and Monday morning holding up our competitors, but we kept smiling!!

My thanks as usual to the ‘Wigton Crew’, particularly Pat and Linda. As usual all camping pitches were marked out and the gate was manned with your usual vigour, we couldn’t manage without you and we are all very grateful.

Dave, Harry, Alan and Ian your help was invaluable, we just couldn’t have done all that setting up and taking down and packing away in the barn and container without you. Words cannot say how we appreciate your help and hard work. See you all next year!!

Thanks to all our judges and stewards for giving up your day to allow others to compete. Thank you to our Chief Stay Stewards, Roly Jackson, JP Greene and Steve Rutter and to all our stay stewards, a thankless but necessary task. Thank you to our ticket Judges, Dave Banks and Heather Grey and well done to our ticket winners, Herbie Watson and Philomena Barnes.

We may have to re-think our skips for next year, I cannot believe how much rubbish you all produce!! I do think if the skip was overflowing when I got there, I would take mine home! However, that said, on the list for discussion at our next committee meeting.

We have had quite a few offers of judges for next year but are still short if anyone would like to offer, 1/2/3/ August 2020, book your holidays early so as not to miss out. We are also looking for judges for our show 25th January 2020 if anyone can offer, we would be most grateful.

And finally, on a sad note, we have to inform you all that our caterers, Rhonda and Dave, have served their last buffet!! They will be greatly missed by everyone, their food and especially their puddings have been well received by everyone over the last 10 years. Again this is on the list for discussion at our next meeting, hopefully we will come up with a suitable alternative. Thank Rhonda and Dave for all your hard work and smiling faces, we will miss you.

Well that’s it for 2019, see you all next year.

Lesley Alsop

Halstead Dog Obedience Club Championship Show Report on 4th August 2019

The sun shone brightly on the show this year it, and what a fantastic weekend it was. Team Halstead did it again. On Friday the happy campers were settled in, what a jolly bunch you are. Saturday evening the rings were put up by our merry band of volunteers, and before we know it the big day had arrived. Everything went smoothly and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, we even had ice cream wars to keep us entertained! We would like to thank all competitors for leaving the showground in the same immaculate state as it started, there were no poo issues, or any rubbish left for us to clear up, for that we are very grateful it makes the clearing away that much easier.

Now for, as our Mandy puts it “The Oscar speech”

Thank you so much to everyone that helped make the show run as smoothly as it did.

The dream team that are Ralph & Jeff who so expertly put up the rings

To Ivor although not a member hired the van, and loaded up, then unloaded the other end, and worked hard all weekend. Your help was invaluable.

Dave Gillet who paced out the rings for us and helped set up on Saturday

Betty & Jacqui who run their tea shop with such efficiency, keeping everyone supplied with tasty beverages.

To Wendy our new treasurer, you would never know it was your first ever dog show, you took to it like a duck to water.

Lisa Norfolk for running our raffle tent

Elaine our CS kept everything running smoothly and efficiently

Hazel for sorting out the ring plans, and generally working your socks off all weekend

The same goes for Mandy, Pierre, Georgie, Kate, Nicky, Anita, Tanya Miranda, Ricky & Lisa you are all amazing.

To John & Kath Westell for the loan of your awning as a storage facility, and John for being our first aider.

To Rod white and his stay team for running the stay rings without a hitch, thank you everyone that volunteered to stay steward.

To all our scent decoys

Last but definitely not least to Ann Cook our amazing show secretary, your last show. We thank you for all your hard work over the last 27years. I don’t think people realise how hard it is to be show secretary, so much goes on behind the scenes in order for you all to compete, we hope you enjoy your well earned rest, you will be missed.

Heartfelt thanks to you all. If there is anyone I have forgotten Huge apologies.

Thank you to our Ticket Judges Janet Oliver & Kim Innes and your amazing teams ( especially to Paul Spowage, My hero!)

Huge congratulations to our ticket winners Sue Plunkett & June Stenning. Good luck at Crufts 2020

Thank you to all our wonderful Judges, stewards and score boarders, without you there would be no show, we are truly grateful.

To all the competitors, thank you so much for coming. We really hoped you enjoyed your day, and look forward to seeing you all next year.

Becky Marshall

Chairman HDOC

Winchester City DTC Championship Show

Thank you Everyone who contributed to make yesterday’s show the success it was.

Our judges, stewards and stay team gave up their day willingly, so many club members turned out to help out with whatever jobs were needed for setting up at 6am to clearing away at 6pm. All of whom are needed for the day to take place.

The weather was just right for most of the day, warm and dry.

Thank you to all competitors for looking after the venue so well and helping to make the days atmosphere so warm and friendly.

We certainly appreciated all the complements, making all the hard work worthwhile, plus some useful suggestions for the future.

Finally many congratulations to all our class winners. We look forward to seeing you all again on Sunday 8 July 2020.

I do have a few items of lost property, 1 fleece jacket, 1 cardigan and 1 treat bag. Contact me directly to arrange for the return of what belongs to you.

Sue Garner

Show secretary’s report – BILLINGSHURST DTC

Once again we have survived another show. It was a marvellous weekend weather-wise.

We had a strong team, assisted by campers, putting up on Friday and another team, assisted by South Eastern members, taking down on Sunday.

It all seemed to go very smoothly.

The quiz on Saturday evening made £45 for our charity so thank you to Karen and her team for keeping everyone on their toes.

The training ring made £87 for the charity so thank you to Sally, Sue and Lynda for their hard work.

A few other personal mentions:- Chief Steward Sandra Cobbold, Show Manager Wendy Fisher, catering manager Marion Clarke, Chief Stay steward Lesley Holmes, Newbies Buddy and photographer Lin Bagley and anyone else who I have accidentally overlooked THANK YOU.

Alongside those special people are all our judges, stewards and stay stewards for giving up their day and not forgetting all you lovely competitors because without you we wouldn’t be running a show.

Congratulations to all our class winners and good luck to everyone for the rest of the season.

See you all next year on 27th June 2020.

Eunice. Show Secretary

Cheshire Dog Training Association – Secretary’s Report

Well, what a fab weekend we had for our very first double championship show and celebrating our 60th anniversary. Weather was terrific, though a tad too hot on Saturday then a downpour albeit for a short time, on Sunday evening.

Once again, we received many lovely comments both about our Show and the delicious lunch, once again provided by the fab Paul Burbridge-Grant – thanks Paul ! also the famous yummy Kathy Mangan cakes for afternoon tea.

We would like to thank the Judges, Stewards, Scribes and Scoreboards Stewards for giving up your time which is very much appreciated and to the Committee and members of CDTA who, without your help, would not have been able to put on such a successful weekend show.

We would like to congratulate our Ticket winners – Jodi and Fia and Mary and Frankie on Saturday and Jodi and Fia and Dot and Zyco on Sunday – good luck at Crufts 2020.

The dates for our double championship show next year is Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June.

Lisa Stock

Chairman’s report – Chalfield

Thank you to everyone who came yesterday to our lovely little show.After all the rain of the previous week, I think everyone was shocked how good the ground was. Near perfect actually. Apart from a couple of quick showers, the weather was great almost perfect to work the dogs.
Apart from a few little moans( which will be rectified for next year) I got some lovely feedback from competitors & judges alike.
I hope everyone was happy with their placings yesterday.
Now onto the thank yous…..
Firstly our lovely judges & stewards for giving up their day to work for us at the show.
I got some lovely comments after especially from Nigel Slater , Julie Rowlands, Joan Kent, and more.
Thank you to Graham wellings & his stay team keeping everything in order in the stays.
Thank you to all the judges who stepped in at the last minute, we had 5 judge changes this year more than we have ever had.
Thank you to Linda Wild for the Rosettes as always, were lovely.
Huge thanks to our saturday night team who got set up in record time, and all our club help on sunday.
Two people who are not committee my husband Paul who supports me in my hobby at the shows & training, and my daughter Hayley who was marshalling at the playground first thing, Thanks guys .
Finally a pat on the back to the4 plus me on Chalfield committee, We keep doing it year after year,its fabulous !!!
See you all next year 21st June 2020.
Apologies if I have forgotten anyone.
Kind Regards
Sheila – Chairman of Chalfield DTC 🐶🐶🐶🐶

Show secretary’s Report – Newbury

The Newbury Open Obedience Show – Sunday 9th June 2019.

Well what a show it was this year. Everything was going according to plan but then The DIVERSION hit us. Yes, the M4 was open, the A34 was open but the two couldn’t meet as the Roundabout at junction 13 which joins them was Closed!! Oh my word, that ‘fan’ soon became clogged with ‘it’.

I rang the Highways Authority (HA) and liaised with Andrew Dicker from the Agility show – which was being held on the same weekend and only half a mile away. Unfortunately they couldn’t change anything but did say they would put a ‘Diversion/Showground’ sign at the Robin Hood Roundabout and the B4009. They were also most helpful sending maps and clear instructions to me for issue to whoever wanted them, and there were lots who did.

I also rang the Kennel Club to ascertain what we could do with regard to the Booking-in time and they granted me special dispensation to extend it! They also said it was up to me, as Show Secretary, to amend or make any other adjustments I thought necessary to aid the smooth running of the Show, despite the inconvenient diversions. . In fact, the only thing I thought necessary was to re-schedule the first Stays. The KC couldn’t have been more helpful and I thank them very much.

Some of the other people who were a huge help to me at this time were Bernice, Les, Rebecca, Sue G, Heidi, Joan, and the man with all the answers, our Supremo, Roy. Thank you All so much, you really helped to ease my problems.

Then there are the usual prolific and willing workers who knuckle down and produce the ‘nuts and bolts’ every year which culminate in our usual happy and efficient show. ie The early Saturday crew of Angie, the inimitable ring planner, laminater and notice provider; the Ever-Ready champion Gofer Carol, who is only happy when she’s working, paint spraying and bashing in the wobbly posts, and me with my can of paint. The rest of the crew arrive about 10.30am and carefully venture into the container, sorting, removing, and then erecting the ropes and stakes. Joan organises the hall together with the flower ladies Wendy and Diane. Pet Needs provides us with the trophies. Ellie, Sue and Martin provide the bacon butties. Karen takes on the rolls, the cakes and the cream teas. Val W is the caterer who provides us with our delicious 3 course lunch.

Then on Sunday THE day of the Show. Judges and stewards, more family and friends were added to our already brimming list of helpers. There was Jane in charge of car parking and Kate, under Alan’s direction, in charge of stay stewards and Val D keeping her eye on the Rules and Regulations. Thank you all. All this help makes me happy and all my prior admin work worth while.

Whilst I’m at it I would also like to thank my committee at NDDTS who allowed me to run the Show again this year and for their continued support on both days. How can I possibly thank all the people who helped to run our show. Thank you seems so inadequate but that is the best I can offer. So THANK YOU to you all – committee, club members, family, friends, et al.

Last but definitely not least I would like to Thank You, the contestants, for entering and working at our show and never complaining. I really appreciated your company. You were Brilliant To be honest I did expect some adverse comments about the diversions but there was nothing. Yeah!

Doreen Davies
Show Secretary