Lochaber & District CS's open show at Fort William is always a reminder that the show season is tailing off and that winter is coming but that doesn't stop it being one of the most enjoyable of the year. The committee deserve a big well done for staging such a friendly, well-organised show and for baking the lovely cakes on the hospitality table. The prize money, bags of food and whisky that are on offer for major winners are much appreciated and we'll never get tired of the scenery......we'll be back!
Spey Valley had a great day with many members taking top honours, definitely a day to remember.
Jill's Chico had yet another big win when he won Best Toy NSC, G1 and then Reserve Best in Show. This gave him the last few points he needed to get his Show Certificate of Merit - congratulations!
Karen's Poppy was another representative in the 'in show' awards, she beat her sister Rowan to Best Terrier Puppy and then went Best Puppy in Show - more congratulations!
June's Benson has had a fantastic first few shows and he didn't let the side down here. He went Best Working Minor Puppy and then Reserve Best Minor Puppy in Show - even more congratulations!
Another ShCm was attained at the show when Joanne's Annie took best NSC and G1. Magnolia definitely ahead of stripes now! Congratulations again!!
There were more wins for the Forbes family in the terrier group, Caitlin handled Kia to Best of Breed and Karen's Ceilidh was jumping for joy when she went Best of Breed and G4 (see photo below).
There was success in the gundog ring too - Sue's Jana won her class and Jennifer's Wallace put in a very polished performance to win his NSC gundog post grad class.
Now the pastoral posers. Katrina's Leo has had plenty of red rosettes in the last few months and he took another two here, he won the border collie puppy dog class and then he took Best Pastoral Puppy. The Glenfound gang had another winner when Chance won his class. Morag's Arran, despite turning nine this coming Friday, (Happy Birthday!) proved he still has what it takes when he took Best of Breed and G4. Linda's Buddy was also Best of Breed.
Toys also kept the Spey Valley flag flying. Sue's Rosa won her junior class (admittedly she was the only one!) but Desmond had some competition and did well to win his class then take Best of Breed and G2. Louis had his third big veteran win of the year (and £10 into the bargain!). Les and Rita's Magic was Best of Breed and G3 and their new baby, Queenie, was Best Toy Minor Puppy.
I don't think there were any wins for club members in the hound or utility groups but please let me know if I've missed anything.
All in all, a very good show for the club - well done everyone!