Two open shows this weekend. Sunday 19th May was the Pollard CS open show at its new venue of Locke Park. The judge was J Purnell (Yikasown). Grace won her Junior class and Luther took second in open.
Saturday 18th May was the Loughborough open show, not judged on the group system. Sue Forman (Suzdans) was judging. Grace won the junior class and Best of Breed whilst Odin took the open class.
East Anglian Collie of the Year contest started the year off for us. The all-round judge was Kevin Young (Sunkap) and the breed specialist was Brian Hull (Lizmark). Although 5 had qualified I only took Polly and Odin. Polly was shortlisted down to the last 4 for Puppy of the Year and Odin was also shortlisted down to the last 6 for Adult of the year.
Saturday 8th June and another day to remember. It was the Three Counties championship show held at Malvern. The judge was Richard Kinsey (Kitarn). I had entered Luther, Odin and Grace but Luther is still re-growing coat. Odin was placed first in Open Dog, then took his second CC and was also Best of Breed. Grace, who hadn't been liking the indoor venues, decided that she did today and was placed second in Junior Bitch. The rain cleared by the time the group went in and Odin was shortlisted down to the last 7 by judge John Carter (Montzella).
Sunday 23rd June was the Derbyshire Horticultural & Agricultural Show at Elvaston Castle. Took Odin and Grace under judge Doug Bedford (Chateaunewf). Grace won the junior class and Reserve Best of Breed but Odin won the open class, Best of Breed and Pastoral Group 1.
Sunday 16th June and off to Chesterfield and Pinxton KA open show. Thankfully the rain held off so we could show outside. The judge was breed specialist Gina Stillwell (Bellawave) and she gave Grace 1st in Junior and Odin 1st in Open and Best of Breed. We then went into the group under Richard Lucas (Aculsia) who gave Odin Pastoral Group 2.
Sunday 9th June and a local show for us, Ashfield & District CS. Luther didn't go as he's still out of coat but Grace won her Junior class and Odin won Open and Best of Breed from judge Alexandra Adshead (Afonbach) and then in the group judge Barry Blunden (Licassa) awarded Odin Pastoral Group 2.
Thursday 9th May and off to Stafford for the Birmingham National championship show. Wow what a day for us. Luther won the Graduate Dog class, Odin won the Limit Dog class and took his first CC from judge Bob Gay (Yagane). Polly was placed second in a large Junior Bitch class and Grace taking fourth in Yearling Bitch. Over the moon with how the kids performed.
Bank holiday Monday 6th May and off down to Coventry for the Banbury open show. The judge was Marion Hodgson (Ddalrus) who awarded Grace first in Junior and Odin first in Open and Pastoral Group 4.