Well, there is good news in England. We can now go out shopping which at this time of the year is often Christmas orientated. We can meet up in a somewhat limited fashion. With the news of the new vaccines, hope is on the horizon that we might find ‘normal again. With the theme of ‘normal’ in mind The Kennel Club has announced the criteria for entering Crufts 2021. It will be a little different but it sounds like we can have a great day.
The statement from The Kennel Club regarding Crufts is as follows: “ The Kennel Club will be reviewing many aspects of the show in line with government advice and the evolving health situation, however, some decisions have needed to be made in advance to ensure it would be able to go ahead in a Covid secure way. The qualification is open to those who qualified for Crufts 2020 apart from the 3rdplacing in class. It should be noted no puppy classes will be scheduled at the 2021 show due to lack of opportunity to qualify.
Further to a review of the floor space and the number of exhibitors and attendees, the decision has had to be made that entries will be capped for all breeds. Entries are due to open at the end of March and will be online only. Entries will close on 31 May 2021 or when numbers have been reached.”
Terriers and Hounds will be exhibited at Crufts on Thursday 15thJuly 2021 followed by the Houndshow and the Northern Saluki Club Championship show on Saturday 17thJuly 2021. The Saturday event does clash with ‘Gundog Day’ at Crufts which unfortunately was unavoidable. For those dogs coming from outside the UK which includes Ireland if the United Kingdom does not manage to secure an agreement with the EU then we will be listed as an ‘Unlisted Country’ The rules will be as follows: Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination.
Going back to the Crufts qualifications, I remember the 1980s when we needed to have a 1stto qualify for Crufts. It was extremely difficult as there were some very beautiful Salukis around and less championship shows to qualify. Not to mention the entries, Windsor, for example, one year there were as many as 25 bitches in Post. Graduate. At most shows we were thrilled to even have a placement, but we needed that ever elusive first to qualify. Once we achieved the 1stthe heat was off and we could relax for the rest of the year. Many a good dog could not qualify as perhaps they only managed a 2ndin that year. Conversely, I was told this story of the Poodles in the 60s, which were the rage to own. Everyone in London had one and wanted to be seen with their poodle as they were all gorgeous, of course. Crufts at that time was held at Earl’s Court with no qualifications. just could you afford to enter? They ended up with a Poodle puppy classes of 50 plus.
Paul Singleton, secretary of the Hound Association has sent the following update regarding the Houndshow:
We are delighted to confirm that the following clubs have supported us by continuing to be hosted on Saturday July 17th at Houndshow 2021. The Irish Wolf Hound Club, The Basenji Club of Great Britain, The Midland Dachshund Club, The Southern Afghan Club, The Borzois Club, The Cirneco Dell’Etna Club, The Cirneco Dell’Etna Club, The Norwegian Elkhound Club, The Northern Saluki Club, The Midland Basset Hound Club.
We can also announce that the Camping Site at The County Showground will be open from Wednesday 14th July until Monday 19th July and we are just 45 minutes from the NEC so a perfect base for Crufts and Houndshow. Camping fees will be announced ASAP.
We will also need additional Stewards for Houndshow this time so if you can help please email our Chief Steward Colin Makey at firstname.lastname@example.org We are pleased to offer free camping for our Stewards
We look forward to welcoming all hound friends at the UK Houndshow”.
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