For many societies, last weekend’s weather continued to bring problems. The snowfall across the country which started for many on Saturday morning went right through to Sunday evening with the south-west coming off the worst. Thankfully, this did not impact any Dachshund events & on Saturday the West Riding DA held a very successful open show with numerically one of their best ever entries. Seamus Dunne from Ireland judged Smooths, Longs & Min Smooths along with the final awards with Andrew Whitfield Roberts (Dandydayo) judging Wires, Min Longs, Min Wires & Varieties. Best In Show was awarded to John Bennett’s Long Shardaroba Country File with Fay Hutchings’ Wire Tendrow I Am The One From Collidach JW taking Reserve Best In Show. Best Puppy In Show was awarded to Sue Holt’s Min Wire Waldmeister Jonah with the Min Smooth Carey’s Donnadoon Dark Moonbeam taking Reserve Best Puppy In Show. Anne Moore & Linda Coverley’s Wire Ch/Ir Ch Ex Sentia I’m James Bond was awarded Best Veteran In Show. Congratulations to everyone on making this show a success.
Best Veteran in Breed was declared for the first time this year at Crufts. In Min Longs Sharon Broad’s Neertanauf Sea Magic JW ShCM came out on top & in Longs understandably Emily Mitchell’s Ch Bronia Lotario was Best Veteran after taking BOB. It does make sense to award a Best Veteran In Breed at the world’s most famous dog show but how did you feel about Reserve Best In Show being declared before the ultimate Crufts Best In Show? I think it did take us all by surprise.
This Saturday sees the re-scheduled Southern Dachshund Association Championship Show taking place & in the early hours of Sunday morning British Summer Time officially starts so don’t forget to alter your clocks, especially if you have a show on Sunday. The Wire Club & the Hound Association Open Show are both taking place in Coventry at the Sports Connexion. The entry for the Hound Show is 8 Longs, 6 Min Longs, 4 Smooth, 38 Min Smooth, 11 Wire & 20 Min Wires. Dachshunds are first in ring 4 for judge Richard Bott (Quensha/Allene).
Looking through Fosse & Higham I can see that we are in for a few weeks where entries are closing. It’s certainly going to be expensive, several breed clubs & several all breed championship shows close online so getting checking to avoid disappointment. Many societies have made it clear that this year no online entry extensions will be made so if you want to attend a show don’t take the risk of relying on an extension. The Scottish DC, Hound Association of Scotland, the Long Haired Club, Birmingham National & SKC (May) are all due to close very soon & although neither of our varieties is classified at WELKS if you wanted to enter I’m afraid you may have missed it.
The AGM season is also upon us with several clubs already having had theirs. The Midland DC, Long Haired Club, West Of England DA & Eastern Counties DA have all given notice & AGM agendas. Please try to support your clubs & committees by attending & if you feel you can give a little something back please don’t be afraid to offer!