Show secretary’s report – West Suffolk DTS

Well that’s another year over show wise!!! All of us at West Suffolk DTS would like to thank all our Judges, stewards, Chief stay Stewards/Chief Stewards and stay stewards for their support in helping us keep our show alive and kicking. We had a very hot weekend, typical Blighty, freezing cold one minute and then sweltering the next!!! Nevertheless everyone seemed to cope well and thankfully we had no incidents of over heated dogs or people to my knowledge. šŸ™‚

Thanks to John Westell and Steve Parmiter who stood in at the last minute as First Aiders, we are most grateful and thankfully you weren’t needed. šŸ™‚

Thank you to all competitors who respected the ‘On Lead’ rules (one or two needed reminding) and therefore kept the venue management very happy indeed. The venue was left spick and span after a bit of a ‘sweep’ from us – no issues on the camping/parking area but there were a few dog poos on the main showground? How can this be when you have your dogs on leads? PLEASE, I implore you, be vigilant as this kind of thing WILL lose venues! We have a very small team here at West Suffolk and non of us are getting any younger! I alone clocked up 23.29kms on Saturday, that’s a lot of walking and Friday and Sunday were similar. The whole team worked their socks off all weekend in whichever capacity they were asked and for that I sincerely thank them as I know how hard they all work. A special mention to Rob Summerfield who is not a member of our club but who tirelessly helped us set up (her motor scooter is very useful šŸ˜‰ )

and also Judged for us. Also to Jacky Roddick for coming to help with the rings and to Helen Jermy and Gloria Fountain for organising all of the camping spots and parking up the campers. My main gripe of the weekend was that some folk thought it was acceptable to be rude to our Car Parking team – NOT ACCEPTABLE whatsoever. I don’t care who you are, you DO NOT treat folk like that, they are only doing as they have been instructed and if you think its so easy, come on, come and volunteer your services – I bet you don’t! Finally, congratulations to all our winners and to those who had their first taste of competitive Obedience šŸ™‚

We hope to see you all again next year – 6/7 June 2020 I believe – as long as I can secure enough Judges

Sarah Connell

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