Well done to everyone who passed their Silver and Gold tests today, and those who were successful in the Bronze last week. For those that didn't manage it this time, keep at it and good luck for the next test.
Apologies for the short notice regarding some of the following news but computer (and operator!) problems prevented access to this blog. Our summer break is coming up and tonight will be the last ringcraft training. Puppy and Bronze classes have finished and a Bronze test will be held tonight at 7.15pm.
Next week (9th) there will be two hour long training sessions, 7.15 - 8.15pm for Silver and 8.15 - 9.15pm for Gold. Test day is Sunday 14th July, 11am for Silver and 1pm Gold, to be held in the hall.
Classes resume on 20th August.
Three Companion shows are coming up, the first is at Clatt Village Hall on Saturday 3rd August, entries from 11am, judging at 1pm, tel 01464 831221 for futher information.
Just two days later and there will be one held at Turriff Show, entries from 11.30am, judging at 12.30pm. Our club will be holding another show at Roseisle Village Hall on Sunday 1st September. More info to follow. Have a good summer and see you all in August
After all the unsettled weather of late, we were very lucky to have the sun shine almost all day for our show on Sunday. There was a great turn out and all three rings, plus the kitchen were fairly bustling.
Thanks to everyone who turned out and helped to raise just over £1000 on the day. Thanks also to the three judges and to all those who worked hard to make it a successful show.
Our annual show in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People will be held this Sunday at the usual venue of Roseisle Hall, nr Burghead.
Entries will be taken from 11am with judging starting at 12 noon. There will be the usual pedigree, novelty and obedience classes taking place in 3 rings. Entry costs £2.50 for the first class and 50p all subsequent.
Pedigree judge - Sue Fraser (Redhunt). Novelty judge - Lisa Lee-Hempshall. Obedience judge - Sandra Dawson.
The kitchen will be open for pies, filled rolls, baking etc.
Well done to all our members who were placed at Crufts this year. It was a really good year with at least sixteen members getting prizes and quite a few of them with more than one dog.
Morag in particular had a fantastic day. It was the first year that an Import Register class was held at Crufts and Morag's four dogs had a clean sweep. Tilly ended up taking Best Import and this gave them the opportunity to have a lap of honour in the main arena before the utility group was judged, plus an appearance on TV.
Congratulations again to everyone, here's a photo of a few of those who were in the prizes.
It was a busy test day on Sunday with twelve taking Silver and ten Gold. We think that was the highest number we've had for a Gold test and, with seven passing, it was a very successful one! Better luck next time to those that didn't quite make it - you were all so close!
Don't forget it's the Christmas party tomorrow night, 7pm - weather permitting!
Tonight's ringcraft will be the last one of the year. There will be no training for Silver and Gold as it's Bronze test night tonight at 7pm.
Silver and Gold tests will be held this Sunday (2nd) in the hall. 11am for Silver and 1pm for Gold. Tea and coffee will be provided but bring your own packed lunch if required.
We will be holding our Christmas party next Tues (4th), all club members welcome. Come along and get into the festive spirit! This will be our last get together of the year, all classes will resume on January 15th 2013.
We arrived at the hall for classes tonight only to find that the hallkeeper had made a mistake with the dates and that the floor was in the process of being varnished! We did try to get the word out but it really was very short notice. Apologies to anyone who turned up expecting it to be on.
Bon Accord open show at Seaton Park, Aberdeen started off warm and generally sunny but turned into a pretty damp affair later in the day! Dog folk are a hardy lot though and it looked like everyone had come prepared with waterproofs, wellies, umbrellas and gazebos. We've all learnt that British summer time can throw anything at us!
Congratulations to Ria, Jenny and Maverick on taking Best of Breed, G1 and topping it off with Best In Show!
A few photos taken at the end of a long day
Best in Show line-up (weimaraner just out of shot)
Tonight is the last training night before our break for the summer. Next Tuesday there will be a test for all those doing their Bronze. For everyone doing Silver and Gold, a test will be held on Sunday 8th July 11am at the hall, Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring your own packed lunch.
We were very lucky with the weather for our Companion show at Roseisle, the sun shone the whole day, the complete opposite of the day before when wind and hail battered the venue! Thank you to everyone who came and supported the show, we had a wonderful entry and took in a record amount of money on the day.
Thanks also to everyone who baked, cooked, donated to the raffle and worked hard to make the day a success. Not forgetting our three judges for giving up their time.
Well done to all the winners, we hope everyone enjoyed the day and see you at the next one in September!
The lovely rosettes
Best in Show line-up, part 1
Best in Show line-up, part 2
L-R, Best in Show, judge Ian Duncan, Reserve Best in Show
Best Puppy in Show
Best Junior Handler
Sit stays in the obedience ring and judge, Jim Mackay, puts handlers and dogs to the test with his 'simple simon says' exercise. All dogs passed with flying colours.
Two companion shows coming up so make a note in your diaries!
Donside Ringcraft club are holding one in aid of Drumoak SSPCA centre on Sunday 29th April at Insch. Entry form below for information.
Spey Valley is also holding a show in aid of B.A.R.R.K on Sunday May 6th at our usual venue of Roseisle Village Hall, near Burghead. There will be judging in three rings with plenty of classes on offer. The kitchen will be open for the usual teas, coffees, pies, rolls and baking, there will be lots of great raffle prizes on offer and you'll have the chance to pick a card and hopefully win a good bottle of whisky.
Everyone welcome, the more the merrier, dogs do not need to be Kennel Club registered. Come along and have a fun day out in a lovely setting!
Thanks to everyone who attended our match today and to all those who worked hard to make it an enjoyable day.
Particular thanks to our judge, Helen Moir, for coming all the way
from Inverness and doing a sterling job. Helen's choice for Best In
Match was Morag's Stanley and Reserve Best in Match was Rita's Magic.
Best Puppy was Linda and Ron's Eva (?), Best Veteran Jenny Taylor's Kelsey,
Best of the Rest Caitlin's Solo and Best Junior Handler Jodi Buchanan.
Happy New Year to everyone! It's nearly time for classes to start and about time this blog had an update! So here's a catch up with some of last year's happenings.
First of all, our Companion show in September. We were very lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful day, which helped bring everyone out and led to a record amount of money raised for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who helped make the day such a success and particularly to our judges who had a very busy day in the sunshine.
Best In Show went to Morag's Logie and Reserve Best In Show to Heather's Tilly who was also Best Puppy In Show. Glenn was Best Junior Handler.
(Margaret and Ellie won this class but had to leave before the presentation)
Kilmarnock Open obedience show was held on the same day as our show. Big congratulations to Fran who won the Novice class with Diva, a real achievement as it's very competitive at that level.
A very happy Fran and Diva
We held an obedience match in October, thanks to Judith Owens for judging and to everyone who competed, especially all those who came over from Aberdeen.
Judith set out interesting rounds to make things a little different and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
Thankfully we didn't have a repeat of last year's snow and our Christmas party went ahead as planned.
Skye was so pleased with her chew that her tail was just a blur!
This year the club made donations of £250 each to DAWGS and Mrs Murray's Home for Stray Dogs and Cats as well as the £600 raised from our show for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Ian Finney came on behalf of Hearing Dogs to collect the cheque and brought his lovely working dog, Cinders.
A donation was also made to Ellie Broadley from Keith whose family have been fund-raising in order to buy her an electric wheelchair. We were very pleased that Ellie was able to come for the presentation.
A test night was held on December 13th for Bronze, Silver and Gold. Congratulations to all who passed and especially to Joy and Alfie whose perseverence finally paid off. Looking forward to seeing you get your Silver!
Ailsa had a great night with her Bostons, Chatter and Tara both passed their Bronze and Silver and Mookie passed her Gold. I wonder how many other Bostons have achieved this?
Congratulations to Margaret and Ellie who have been selected to be part of the team representing Scotland at the Inter-regional Obedience at Crufts! It's no mean feat and, as far as I am aware, Margaret is the first club member ever to achieve this. Good luck, enjoy your time at Crufts and we'll all be rooting for you.
There were successes in the show ring for many club members last year, I think both June's Benson and Elaine's Zeta added to their collection of CCs. Sue's Elwood gained his JW and also took the RCC at the Papillon Club of Scotland's champ show in May, Rosa took RCC at SKC in August.
At Midland Counties Fran's Henley won the AV gundog puppy dog Dog World/Purina Pro Plan pup of the year stakes.
At Gundog Breeds Association of Scotland champ show in October Katie handled Shaun's Dolce to win the puppy bitch stakes class, Katie also had success with Lara who won PG bitch stakes class. Heather's Tilly won the junior stakes class.
Straight after Gundog Breeds was Banff, Moray and Nairn Limited show, Katie left her girls at home for a rest and let Chewie do the winning instead. He took BOB, G1 and then RBIS!
If anyone knows of any other notable wins, please let me know.
Coming right up to date with Boston this weekend, Fran's Henley won both his minor puppy and puppy classes and went on to take the RCC and Best Pup in Breed. Congratulations! What a great result for a youngster. His sister, Shaun's Dolce, did almost as well when she came 2nd in both of her classes.
Well done everyone, wishing you all the best of luck in the ring during 2012!
Classes start back on January 24th. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
We are a Kennel Club registered club holding classes in St Thomas's Hall, Keith on Tuesday evenings.
Ringcraft 6.30-7.15pm, Puppy 7.15-8pm, Bronze Good Citizen Dog Scheme 8-8.45pm, Silver and Gold Good Citizen 8.45-9.30pm. £2 per dog per class.
New members are always welcome.
The club is run by a committee of volunteers, none of the trainers receive any payment. Any profits made go back into the club and regular donations are given to charity.
As part of the test, owners are required to carry a poop scoop and also make sure that their dog wears an identity disc.
We would like to point out that BY LAWthe disc should show the owner's name and address, anything different will result in the dog failing the test. Phone number and postcode are optional but not required by law.
Information on the KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme can be found here
Dates for your diary
2nd July - Last ringcraft class. Bronze test, 7.15pm
9th July - Silver and Gold training only, 7.15 - 8.15pm and 8.15 - 9.15pm
Sunday 14th July - Silver and Gold tests, St Thomas's Hall. 11am for Silver and 1pm Gold