THE SECOND Saturday in August saw a new show added to the already busy calendar when Coleraine Canine Club hosted its first ever Irish Kennel Club all-breed championship show at the National Show Centre in Dublin, thus bringing to five the number of northern-based clubs who were previously affiliated to KC London and now promote championship shows under IKC jurisdiction.
Although the club is based at the top end of the country, the first show was held in Dublin and the facilities available made for an easy introduction to the world of show set up for the enthusiastic committee, headed by chairman, Willie Dobbin, show secretary Madelene Rainey and show manager Aidan McKiernan.
A number of sponsors had come on board for the club’s first show and the lucky group winners not only had a memorable win to celebrate but also a return ferry trip to GB for a car and two people, courtesy of P & O Ferries.
With a totally Irish judging panel, the show attracted an entry of 1,070 dogs, very much in line with current trends and especially so since it was just a week before the Irish Circuit.
Taking advantage of the sunny weather, the club set up both outdoor and indoor rings and with a start time of 10am, the inaugural Coleraine show came to an end at 5.15pm, a successful and enjoyable debut for all concerned.