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Poodles, Standard - week 17Updated : 20/04/2017

BACK IN January I commented on the increase in the entry of Manchester from 2016, and hoped it would prove to be the trend for the year. Since then we have only had Crufts as an all-breed show, but the entries at Poodle Club and Mid Counties PC were encouraging enough to suggest that there was an increase.    ...

Poodles, Standard - week 16Updated : 13/04/2017

THE PC of Scotland had its champ show at Carluke last week (sorry Scottish folk but I had to look up where it was – south of Edinburgh apparently!) and the reports I have had back were all very positive, lots of specials, a nice atmosphere and even a chocolate cake donated for the raffle by the chairman, a certain Mr E...

Poodles, Standard - week 15Updated : 05/04/2017

IT WAS a shock to me that I realised a glitch on my computer or my emails meant that my notes were never sent last week. Just goes to show that I need to be on the ball at all times.      So – apologies now given, and these are the notes that should have appeared but mysteriously vanished and I hav...

Poodles, Standard - week 13Updated : 23/03/2017

THE SPC newsletter as always makes for interesting reading, it is a publication close to my heart having edited and produced it for a lot of years, and I am glad to see it still alive and kicking. I know the most difficult thing is getting contributions and it is a shame that people who have plenty to say on some other soci...

Poodles, Standard - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

WELL, THE dust has settled and Crufts has come and gone for another year. I was viewing it from a different perspective of course this time round, but still felt the buzz and atmosphere that was around the ring.      As by now will be well reported, DCC and BOB went to Charlotte Sandell’s Am/Sw Ch ...

Poodles, Standard - week 11Updated : 08/03/2017

NO SHOWS to report this week during the build up to Crufts, and so we have taken the time to start going through all kinds of boxes full of photographs, catalogues and memorabilia which we can’t quite find in our hearts to throw away as they are precious in their own way to us.      The trouble I a...

Poodles, Standard - week 10Updated : 02/03/2017

IT OCCURS via conversations that far from everybody has access to the KC Journal, so I thought I should trawl through these and see what information re forthcoming judges I could find.      I can see that there are some gaps in the 2017 calendars, and we also now have half the judges announced for 2018 a...

Poodles, Standard - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

THE SECOND breed club of the year, Midland Counties PC was last Sunday. Unfortunately, for various reasons I was unable to attend (I had a ‘special’ birthday lunch in the New Forest to keep me busy as well as other personal reasons).              &n...

Poodles, Standard - week 8Updated : 16/02/2017

FOLLOWING on from last week, I did promise to have a look at open shows where Standards were scheduled. Due to the time lapses some may unfortunately have closed but there again, looking at the show dates, hopefully not.      Cumbria and Whitehaven one class of Stds with Liz Dunhill; Herts and Essex at W...

Poodles, Standard - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

IT WAS honestly a mere coincidence that the day after Dog World published the results of the survey into open shows that I visited the South Western PC open show at Wilton. The Standard numbers were not too bad on paper, 17 entered, but alas only nine were actually present.      As a result, nobody enter...

Poodles, Standard - week 6Updated : 02/02/2017

THE FIRST breed club championship show of the year is traditionally The Poodle Club, and there were again CCs for Standards this year.      Montem Leisure Centre in Slough has been the venue for this for as long as many can remember but this was the last year this venue was being used. It appears that a ...

Poodles, Standard - week 5Updated : 26/01/2017

THE CHAMPIONSHIP show season was up and running as early as ever with Manchester last week. Cara Thomas, who was I believe making her CC debut, had drawn an encouraging entry of 65, 26 up on last year, so let’s hope that this is the ongoing trend for entries this year. I have a list (sad) from 2016 so will keep an eye ...

Poodles, Standard - week 4Updated : 20/01/2017

THE POTY Gala has again now completed and I have just about recovered! Not for me to comment on the whole event, I leave that to others, but the feedback from Facebook has been positive and I am genuinely delighted about that. There will always be the individual critic of this event for various reasons, some of them personal...

Poodles, Standard - week 3Updated : 10/01/2017

WELL, HERE we are three weeks into the new year and a new breed note writer. Yes, for better or worse I will be your man as it were.      So, I have to say straight away, don’t be shy (not something our breed people are particularly known for). Let’s get this column going by responding and ...

Poodles, Standard - week 18Updated : 28/04/2016

CRUFTS usual pre-show preparation was slightly different as neither the Poodle Club in January, nor Midland Counties PC in February, had CCs for Standards. However there was plenty of practice for exhibitors in February as Cathy Lawton-Anderson and her hard-working team put on two shows on the same day, with breed judges in ...

Schnauzers, Miniature - week 15Updated : 08/04/2016

THE SCHNAUZER Showcase, the annual invitation knockout competition, run by the SCGB for the previous year’s principle winners was held this year at the Holiday Inn, Ryton-on-Dunsmore and Simon Parsons was the chosen judge. While the ring was perhaps a tad small for our larger cousins, I think the venue generally got th...

Poodles, Standard - week 8Updated : 19/02/2016

CONGRATULATIONS go to Ricky (Ch/Am Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre) on a creditable G3 at the prestigious Westminster show in New York. The video of clip with Jason Lynn at the helm was a joy to watch – they both looked in fine form.      Club open shows appear to be getting better support at present...

Poodles, Standard - week 5Updated : 29/01/2016

OUR DEEPEST sympathy goes to Joyce Baker, Linda Barker and all the family and friends on the loss of Steve Baker after a valiant battle with ill health.      He and wife Joyce having provided rescue Poodles a loving home for many years, before venturing into the world of show dogs. They happily provide...

Poodles, Standard - week 4Updated : 22/01/2016

POODLE of the Year 2016 at the gala event over all sizes went to 15-month-old Ch Montravia That’s My Guy, bred, owned and shown by Marita Rodgers. This year’s mystery judges were the very familiar faces of Jackie Kitchener, Linda Barker and Lee Cox, who had the hard job of keeping their appointment secret even fr...

Poodles, Standard - week 3Updated : 18/01/2016

HAPPY new year everyone. I hope muddy paws proved to be the worst that readers have had to endure during this period of seemingly endless rain. I can’t wait for the cold weather to make the ground hard once again.      It’s a busy start to the year with Manchester last Friday, immediately f...

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