Another year and another show over and done with – hurray!! Unless you run/are involved in running a show I don’t think most people appreciate the enormous amount of time and effort involved. There are months of planning and preparation before you even get to the venue. Once there everything needs to be organised, put up, kept tidy and then all put away again ready for next year. As we are only a small club this requires herculean effort which begins on the Wednesday morning before the show and doesn’t finish until the last camper leaves the following Tuesday.
Disaster struck on Wednesday when our booked mowing man did 2 small areas then left. Thankfully Annegret’s other half Nick delivered his mower to us enabling our turbo charged mowing team of Phil, Tammy, Leslie, Rob, Jacky and Kit to hand mow the rest of the ring area. Thanks guys – back breaking work but much appreciated to make the working area as good as it could be.
Sadly Sunday did not arrive with the ordered weather instead being wet and windy for most of the day. Undaunted everyone soldiered on and thankfully Monday was much improved which certainly made the day more pleasant.
Firstly I would like to thank our club members for all their efforts and hard work before, during and after the shows. We are a small team but incredibly dedicated and hard working. A special thank you goes to Carol’s grandchildren, Abigail and Edward, who washed every chair we own (around 100!) and then enjoyed riding round on the trailer delivering posts, ropes, tables and chairs to the rings.
A special mahoosive thanks to our camping team extraordinaire – Roy, Shelagh, Bronwyn, Richard, Gill, Carol and Angie. None are club members but all volunteered their time and worked like troopers, even recruiting most of our judges for next year too! Thank you so much we really appreciated your help. We had a huge number of campers again this year but it all ran smoothly and there was ample space for everyone.
Thanks to Glenn, Les, Darren and Annegret who were on parking duty, an under estimated but very vital job – organised to the nth degree with slick professionalism.
I would also like to thank all our judges and stewards for giving up their time (and opportunity to compete) to spend the day with us. A big thank you to our chief steward Nigel Slater and our chief stay stewards Marcia Manning-Smith and Richard Kebble. Thanks to all the kind people who helped in the stay rings – a vastly under rated job but an essential one.
A very heartfelt thanks to our fabulous friends Rob, Margaret, Tammy, Darren, Jacky, Kit, Leslie and Julie who worked like slaves doing anything asked of them. I honestly don’t know what we would have done without you. Thank you from everyone at Worcester DTC.
Sadly there were a few who didn’t keep our venue as clean as we would have liked. There was lots of dog poo not picked up in the camping area and again people seen washing their toilets out using the drinking water taps. This was despite notices asking people not to do this and even us supplying watering cans to be used instead. If we manage to identify the perpetrators they will have future entries refused.
Congratulations to the winners of our Open Show perpetual trophies:
Gerry Troth Trophy (winner of Pre Beginners) – G Davis/P Wheeler & Marlisw Grandmaster
Gerry Troth Trophy (winner of Beginners) – Alice Martin & Ready Teddy Go Go Go
Gerry Troth Trophy (Highest Placed Gundog) – Meriel Bentley & Siatham Thyme OW
The Barcarolle Trophy (winner of C Bitch) donated by John & Kaye Ball – Helen Connolly & Noahline Dusted Down Under
Huge congratulations to our ticket winners – Mary Ray & Sarkam Sinatra (dog) and Janet Hackett & Sno Flurry At Forestbeck (bitch). Everyone at Worcester DTC wishes you both the best of luck at Crufts.
Our ticket winners then ran off for the OB CH It’s Snow Fluke Memorial Trophy (donated by Lynette Yates and judged by Barbara Peters) with Janet & Flurry emerging victorious.
We would like to wish Lynette a speedy recovery from her recent surgery and hope she will back to judge the run off in 2019.
The training ring raised money for this year’s chosen charity – Motor Neurone Disease Association and we also had a visit from the Cinnamon Trust.
Our dates for 2019 are Sunday 25th August (open) and Monday 26th August (championship). Our ticket judges will be Sue Slater (dog) and Nigel Slater (bitch) – look forward to seeing you there
Louise (Worcester DTC Show Secretary)