Dogs on Show tile for webWe once again showcased our pure breed dogs and all facets that encumbers our hobby, with the annual ‘Dogs on Show’ event.  The weather held nicely and the event was supported by exhibitors and public alike.

The day began by honouring the dedication and legacy left by the passing of Mrs Frances Wickens, with the Public Relations Committee presenting a perpetual trophy for the Best In Toy Group. Frances’ family members were present to receive the award and say a few words. Those present were her husband Wally, daughters Marie and Cassandra, as well as son-in-law Terry and grandson Joshua.

A large gathering around Ring 1 saw the show officially opened by His Worship the Mayor of Penrith, Councillor John Thain. Mr Mayor was escorted around by Mr Phil Brown and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy his time with us, even having his photo taken with Penrith Council’s mascot, ‘Boomer’ (see pictured above).

After the official opening, our Mayor then remained for the presentation of a unique and one off award, presented to Mr Don Day by our Chairman, Mrs Lynette Brown. The award that Don received was ‘The Lifetime of Meritorious Service Award.’ All four of his nominators were present to say a few words, advising the rather large gathering of their fondest memories; whether it be how Don helped and assisted them at the start of their showing life, or just his genuine care and deep seeded love of all that makes up our fancy.

Our local member Mrs Tanya Davies MP, also came to celebrate our wonderful day and participated in the Junior demonstration (see pictured below). She was then escorted around the event and took particular interest in the breed stalls and discussing matters which are relevant to our hobby.236

This year we had over 30 breed stalls present, with many of them involved in the Pageant of Breeds. The breed stalls were judged at 10.30am by our wonderful Dogs NSW Marketing and PR team of Kerry Christofi and Cathy Lupton.

The 2017 Winners of the Breed Stalls were proudly sponsored by Tuffrock K9:

Best Breed Stand Display $100: British Bulldog Club of NSW Inc

Most Informative Stand $50: Schnauzer Club of NSW Inc

Most Unusual Stand $50: Newfoundland Club of NSW

Most Colourful Stand $50: Country Griffon Bruxellois Club of NSW

Best Country of Origin Stand $50: Collie Club of NSW Inc (see pictured below)

 

The 2017 Pageant of Breeds Winners were proudly sponsored by Kolys Dog Treats:Pointer club

1st Place ($100): Xoloitzcuintle  (pictured above)

2nd Place($50): Pointer Club of NSW Inc (pictured right)

3rd Place ($50): Collie Club of NSW Inc  

Both competitions are huge hits with the public and exhibitors thoroughly enjoy dressing up and showcasing their breeds. All winners received cash and ribbons. 

'Dogs on Show' also showcased other facets such as Dancing with Dogs, Drafting and Sledding demonstrations, Children’s Safety with dogs, Junior Handler demonstrations, Earthdogs, Agility, Herding, Retrieving and Jack Russell Terrier Racing.

Events like these are always supported generously by sponsors and we thank them, especially Royal Canin and Dogs News Australia, Animal Equilibrium, Koly’s Dog Treats, Love em, TuffRock and Marellen Show Ribbons.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year as we prepare to present a bigger and better event for our calendars.Collie Club

For further details of the event please read the Dogs NSW 2017 August magazine, the feature commencing page 10.

Peter Cutler - Chairman DOGS NSW Public Relations Committee

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