SEPTEMBER

Sunday 21st September -

A long journey for an open show to Crewe for Stoke on Trent Gundog under Miss D Smillie (Oakberrow). On paper the entry looked quite good and I was hopeful of picking up at least one point. Unfortunately due to absentees it was not to be even with Dudley entered to make up the numbers. The ring was tiny and Reg on usual small ring form didn't put on his best performance, he needs room to move and drive and this cannot be achieved in the tiny rings some societies give our breed. He was placed 1st in both J and PG and then 2nd in O, he was however RBOB.

Saturday 20th September -
A dog show with no mud and sunshine this can't be right! Today we were just up the road at Driffield Championship show, sadly our breed had no tickets but the entry was not too bad. Judge today was Jonathan Daltry. Reggie (still on the hunt for JW points) was entered in JD and YD. He went really well and won his JD class, unfortunately there were only 2 in the class so no points, he was then placed 2nd in YD.

Reggies's Critique -
good neck & shoulders, certainly motored around the ring really using his hocks & holding a strong outline, in good coat & condition. A touch strong in head

Sunday 14th September -
Another very muddy day, British weather - marvellous!!!! However this time at Darlington show and the muddy was very smelly and we are sure there was pooh of some description mixed in - yuk!!!!!!

Judge today was Dolores Dineen from Rep. of Ireland. Reggie went really well and I was more than pleased to be placed third in a strong JD class.

Sunday 7th September -
Mud, mud, glorious mud was the order of the day and blimey there was lots to go around at Losley Park for Richmond Championship show. As many of the car park areas had been churned up on previous days it took over an hour to actually get into the show. Judging was delayed as even our judge Kay Woodward (Wadeson) couldn't get into the show ground. We ended up inside and the wet weather ring wasn't huge and a tad boggy in places.

Reggie was very nervous and obviously unhappy about the muddy conditions, I made the mistake of keeping him on the bench right up until judging to keep him clean. He wouldn't move and I literally had to drag him around the ring, another lesson learned. He was placed 3rd in JD and 3rd again in YD.

Rats (Peasblossom Butterfly) was awarded the RBCC so it made the day well worth while and Trudy and I had a scream, even when she split her trousers. Went in our van as we had a fair idea the conditions would be quite muddy and a good job as we ended up having to be towed off the car park by a tractor. Despite all of this we didn't stop laughing all day.