Newsletter Spring 2015

We hope you have a good time at our Spring Open Show. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, the exhibitors, for your continued support. We can't run a show without the help of a great team of stewards and helpers too, so many thanks to them as well.

We need to canvas the opinion of Retriever (Flat Coated), Border Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier exhibitors. These three breeds have recently been removed from Stud Band E, which means that we can no longer provide more than 3 classes if the breeds are not judged by a B list judge. We can either provide two judges to officiate over 3 classes, junior, post graduate and open for both dogs and bitches, or drop to 3 mixed classes with one judge. The alternative is to seek B list judges to officiate over 5 classes. Please let us know what you think. We need exhibitors to express which alternative you would prefer, or offer another suggestion if there is one. Please email the club through the website.

BG&T was nominated by several people for the Open Show of the Year at the Pawscars. The committee was delighted to be informed that the show had been selected as a finalist, and although we were not the eventual winner, our secretary Rachel Leeson represented us at the awards ceremony, held on the eve of Crufts. Many thanks to the people who took time to vote for us.

We are excited to be one of the first shows to have classes for Lagotto Romagnolo since the breed was removed from the Imported Register at Crufts 2015. The BOB and BPIB may now compete on an equal basis in the gundog group. The Lagotto Romagnolo Association gave up a special donation for rosettes, and each first placed dog received one of these at the Spring Show.

As always, suggestions for specialist breed judges are very welcome. We plan to increase the specialist judges officiating over the nextt few years, as well as inviting some exciting group judges.

We look forward to seeing you all at our next show, on Saturday October 17th 2015, once again held in the Main Hall at Sports Connection, Ryton. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Alan, Angela, Gill, John, Nigel and Rachel - the BGand Team
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