THE ALL IRELAND Bull Breeds Association is always a popular winter show for exhibitors. This year it was, happily, back in its traditional spot at the end of October, having had a momentary deviation to July last year, therefore depriving us of our October bank holiday day out.
With the show calendar ‘jam packed’ through the spring and summer, without a free weekend, the shows become sparser when the nights draw in and Bull Breeds gives a welcoming dose of dog show medicine before the final two shows of the year in November and the end of December.
They were rewarded well on their return to Halloween with an entry of 1,284 dogs for the panel of 21 judges, mainly from Ireland but with visiting adjudicators from the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Poland.
It was a rather cold, damp day at the National Show Centre in Cloghran, and a few tents failed to combat the winds outdoors; indoors was warm and welcoming for the good crowds around the rings.
The show, as ever, was in the hands of show secretary Colette Muldoon with husband Johnny and Dermot Alford, her trusty show managers who called the penultimate event, the competition for best baby puppy in show at just 4.05, followed by best in show in great time allowing exhibitors an early start for their homeward journeys.