THURSDAY of Circuit week sees us all roll up at the Woodlands Hotel in the picturesque village of Adare for the annual Limerick Canine Club championship show, this year the host club putting on its 86th such event.
Many exhibitors take advantage of the venue to book in for an extra night or two during the holiday week, the hotel providing a welcome break for many, including some who had returned home for an extra three days of work before taking an extended long weekend break on the second weekend of the annual jamboree.
As ever, the grounds were superbly laid out – how fortunate is the club to have secured a long-term arrangement with the proprietors of the venue?
Seeing the committee early on show day bedecked in their pristine green jackets belies the hard work that has gone in during the days and indeed weeks previously to present the venue in such condition.
As ever, the dulcet tones of chairman Anthony Kelly were welcoming all from early morning and all the hard-working members, headed by secretary Laura Cox, are very evident all day, everyone carrying out their duties in an easy and well-practised manner.
The show, again sponsored by Happy Dog, had attracted an excellent entry of 1,656 dogs, testament to the popularity of this show in the calendar, due in no small measure to its policy of attracting an excellent and varied panel of judges from around the world.
Traditionally, the show starts with the puppy stakes at 8.30am with the breed judging following on. With efficient show management, a finish at 5.20pm was achieved easily, and the happy exhibitors dispersed to enjoy the remaining days of their holiday, save for those who retired to the hotel in preparation for an evening’s festivities.