Last weekend East of England Championship Show was held for the last time. I understand their closure was due to the East of England Agricultural Show no longer
Holding their show. What a pity as I remember what fun we use to have at the dog show when it was in conjunction with the agricultural show. We had tickets that allowed us entry, we could wonder around after our judging. The good ole days. There has been quite a lot of development around the showground so I assume they will finish it off with more development. For us, on the western side of the country getting to the show has always been a challenge as the British Formula 1 races are held on the route to the show. Good luck to Boston, who I gather will be taking their date on the calendar. This year’s show was very successful at the new venue of Rutland Show Grounds.
Judging at E of E was Mrs Janet Kay. DCC, BOB went to the newly crowned Badavie Don Peppino at Ilsham (IMP SWE), owned by Adele Walton Haddon with RDCC to Caryna Taivoa, owned by the De Souza and H Woodgate partnership .
BCC for her second CC went to Mary Parker’s Classicus Felicita with the RBCC to Denise Garratt and Sue Oakey’s Caryna Esperanza. Best Puppy was Al Nafiseh Ivory Pearl owned by Dr Vj Velickaite. Best Veteran went to Adele Walton Haddon’s Ch Amal Hayati Ohdedar El Azizi Fuadi of Ilsham. JW. Well done all.
A few weeks ago on social media, there was a discussion on what is the difference between an American Saluki and an English Saluki. This person was concerned because they had taken their Saluki, which came from the UK, to dog shows in the States. The shows they were attending were the general championship shows where one judge may/or could judge the whole Hound Group. Points were offered depending on how many dogs enter. More popular breeds need more dogs to accrue points. Usually, entries, in general are quite small. But he was told his dog was different from the others and if he wanted to succeed, he needed to change his dog to the type that was winning. In reply to the question most people suggested that there was no difference between the American Saluki and the European Saluki. It was also suggested that this individual not bother with the general championship shows but to go to the specialities. The judges at the specialities are ‘breed specialists’ so have a better understanding of our breed..
This got me thinking, with the new systems being implemented by the KC are we going to be seeing more and more non specialist’s judges? Are the breed clubs
Going to have less and less influence on who judges us? Reading in this paper I came across an article written by Ronnie Irving. With his permission I am repeating it. He writes “We, certainly seem to be going down the American/FCI route whereby apparently what breeds actually think about who will judge them, is of no interest to the ruling body.” He asks “ Is this a sensible approach” “Entries at shows here may not be great as they used to be. But one thing is clear and that is that in this country breed clubs are still an important part of the dog show and dog breeding scene. Exhibitors in the main still give more support to breed shows than they do to general championship events. Just look at the relevant entry statistics.”