Show secretary’s report – Wigton

Well it happened! Having seen the state of the venue at the beginning of the week following a vintage car rally the previous day and a week of pretty incessant rain, I had serious doubts but a herculean effort by a number of people ensured we had a workable (not brilliant but workable) venue on which to stage our 50th anniversary show.

Special thanks has to go to Carol Birks and Roger Beasley who came equipped with ride on mowers to try and put some order into the ring area – Carol in fact came on three days to ensure things were as good as they could be!

Our own members managed to find sufficient decent area for the rings and it eventually stopped raining on the Friday to reveal glorious HOT conditions over the entire weekend.

As it was a special show, our 50th Anniversary, Jackie Reid (she of the exceptional catering skills) not only supplied fabulous meals for the judges but also a cream scone and cake tea for anyone who cared to participate on the Saturday following completion of judging together with a lovely cake courtesy of Angela Bragg.

My grateful thanks to everyone, Club members, friends, judges, stewards, handlers et al for helping to make this a weekend to remember – I hope the two dogs which took ill, Doreen’s GSD and Eileen’s Collie together with Audrey’s Collie (who took an instant dislike to the balloon flying overhead) all recover fully in due course.

Neil Walton kindly took over as Chief Stay Steward owing to Ken Lewin’s incapacity on the Sunday – many thanks Neil. Ruth Griffith, as always, came down from Annan on the Saturday and is now known as Ruthless Ruth on that day to officiate in the self same ring.

The Lune Valley girls managed the caravan booking in for the entire weekend which was much appreciated. Our appreciation also to the owners of Dalemain for allowing us the use of their event field in the most beautiful location.

We had the usual tombola, raffles, cake stall, toy stall, and various other stalls to tempt our handlers – I can’t name individuals as am bound to forget somebody but you were all appreciated as were Jackie’s catering corps.

Congratulations to all our winners but especially Kathy Russell and Raitin the winners of the Dog Ticket and Phil Barnes and Floozie taking the honours in the Bitch class.

We organise the show for all our handlers’ benefit but they make the atmosphere so thank you all. We hope you will come and see us at Dalemain again next year, 29th and 30th August 2020 or even our Winter show at Greenlands Equestrian Centre, Carlisle on 16th November later this year.

PAT WILSON – Show Secretary

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