OCTOBER

Sunday 31 October -

Just a short journey today to Brodsworth for the Midlands ESS Society Champ Show under breed specialist Christine Savell.

The entry was fabulous and the committee always put on a really good show, especially the buffet lunch - yum yum.

Boys first and Reggie was placed third in a strong Limit class, then onto the girls and Millie in Minor Puppy, she was pipped to the post by her sister June and stood second, after my initial disappointment it was pointed out to me that it was a Waterswarren 1,2 so I should be proud - lol (Get a grip Vic). The highlight of the day was my Gracie May winning a really good PG class, I was thrilled that Wendy was there to see it. I realise Gracie is not everyone's "cup of tea" she is very unique but has some fabulous qualities - I still love her as much as the day I first saw her as a 6 month old puppy at the Southern open show and cannot thank Wendy enough for letting her come to me.

Babs put in an apperance in Limit and OMG what an apperance it was. She is on a diet AGAIN and taking a whle to get back into condition after her puppies so I really didn't expect much. But having not been out for a while she proceeded to go around the ring prancing like my little pony doing a "look at me, look at me" - idiot - do I really need to take her back to ringcraft at her age - lol Good job she's a sweetie or I could have been quite cross with her.

Anyway a great show and now looking forward to three weekends off - wow

BTW the "C" word is banned in the Warrener houshold until at least ermmmmmmmmmmm 1st December

Saturday 23 Ocotber -
Try as we may there was no way Trudy and I could fit twelve springers into the van. We therefore travelled separately for the long journey to Tedegar for the ESS Club of Wales Championship show, today's judge being Frank Whyte.

I was really pleased that Millie once again put in good performances for me being placed 4th in MPB and 2nd in PB meaning like her sister Stevie she is now qualified for Crufts 2011. Gracie seems to have found her feet in the showring and was placed 4th in a nice PG class, just missing out on qualification by a whisper. Babs still sporting a little excess puppy fat is now up with the big girls and Limit and it was nice that she made the cards even if it was only VHC. Plan of action must be to get her fighting fit and looking her best for next season.

Sunday 17 October -
Well what a fabulous day for our kids.

Unable to make todays show due to family committments but wanting to support judge Sarah Corbett, Trudy met me at 7.00am to hand over Robin for the day. A short trip down to Newark and I must admit upon arrival I was scratching my head a little on how on earth to get 5 dogs and all the kit and caboodle into the hall on my own. Anyway 30 minutes later and we were all in and settled.

Stevie was extremely naughty for Aunty Kate in the puppy class, but managed to beat Millie into second place and then went on the take BP, Millie however managed her own triumph winning AV Gundog puppy under Chris Morgan. Gracie was a star for me not only winning PG but also AV Gundog PG and Reggie didn't let the side down either with seconds in both Open and AV Gundog Open - he was only slighty miffed the girls all had red ones and he only had two blues - lol The star of the day however was Robin who (although peeing halfway through his class and then again up my leg in the BIS ring) won Junior and was awarded BOB, he showed well for me in the BIS ring and did his Mummy proud.

Thanks so much to my Cocker and Gordan friends (Kate, Lou & Annette) for their help handling and dog swapping between classes - they were rewarded with their own successes - clearing up in Cockers taking BOB, RBOB, BP and Lou's baby girl making the cut in BPIS - well done and thanks for a great day.

Saturday 9 October -
I was unable to make it to South Wales due to family committments. However, Stevie made the trip down in the safe hands of Auntie Trudy, what would I do without you???? Jennie Tracz kindly handled her (Stevie that is not Trudy - lol) in her MPB class and I'm pleased to say she is now qualified to attend her first Crufts in 2011 - thank you so much Jennie it's really appreciated. Today's judge was Francis Jackson.

Sunday 3 October -
Well autumn has most certainly arrived judging by the weather for todays show. A trip to Ripon racecourse for the Northern ESS Society open. Today brought back a few memories as it was one of the first shows I attended when I first started showing. Blimey how things have changed since then, travelling to shows with my little mate Dudley in the back of a Corsa - today I struggled to get all the kit and five dogs into a Transit - lol

Despite the weather it turned out to be a fabulous day, thanks to the excellent organisation of the committee. Reggie was placed 3rd in a nice Limit class, then onto the girls. I was delighted when Millie not only won MPB but also PB making her BPB in show, Stevie didn't let the side down, kindly handled by Anthony Allen and she was placed 3rd in MPB and 4th in PB. The MPB class had me brimming with pride as in 2nd place was June (W. Walk the Line at Beresford) so we had a Waterswarren 1, 2, 3. Babs on her first outing out since last December was full of enthusiasm and was placed 2nd in Limit. Millie then pulled out the stops to be awarded RBPIS - I floated home on cloud nine and didn't give a damm that it peed it down all day long. Today's judge was Lee Cox.