What's new for 2015

 


The City of Birmingham Championship Dog Show will be held on Friday 4th September Hounds & Toydogs, Saturday 5th September Working, Pastoral & Terriers, and Sunday 6th September Gundogs & Utility, and will again be held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

Judging will commence at 9.00am on all days and in all rings.

Car Parking and Admission is Free to all, with Spectator Dogs being admitted to the show on the completion of the required declaration form and payment of £5.00p.

All entry fees have been held again for this year’s show.

We are delighted to receive again at the show a number of “Breed Club Open Shows”, which will this year be judged following completion of Breed Judging at “The City” within the confines of the main Show area rather that The Kennel Club Building”. We hope that will relieve the inconvenience of exhibitors having to “break camp” and relocate up to the show. Wherever possible the Open Show judging will take place in the same ring as breed judging at “The City”.

The Breed Open Shows will mainly be held in the refurbished and newly named Hall 3, which is at the top end of the Blackdown Building, nearest to the Best in Show Rings. The rings in this newly refurbished Hall 3 will have the benefit of carpet.

We look forward to welcoming the following clubs, The British Bolognese Club, The Coton De Tulear Club of GB, The English Ibizan Hound Club (Hunting Dogs of Ancient Egypt) who will be scheduling Basenji, Ibizan Hounds, Sloughi, and Pharoah Hounds, The Scottish Terrier Club of England, The Bracco Italiano Society, The Wire Haired Hungarian Vizsla Association The Spanish Water Dog Club and The Japanese Akita Inu Club. This gives interested exhibitors an even better opportunity to look and learn about some of our rarer breeds.

Kennel Club Good Citizen Tests will again be held on each day at Bronze, Silver and Gold level, further details are in the schedule.

So what’s new at this year’s show? . “The City” has always adopted the practice of listening to it’s stakeholders and wherever possible accommodate changes. Following the loss of the Kennel Club Agility Semi-Finals in 2013 the committee felt that the position of the Trade Stands had become a little remote from exhibitors, so met with many of the Trade Standholders prior to last year’s show to discuss the way forward. The outcome being that the Trade Stands will now be located within a revised layout of Hall 2, adjacent to the judging rings and undercover.

We are delighted to announce that this year a “Best Veteran in Breed” will be declared in all scheduled breeds and a rosette for each breed has been donated by Lintbells. Classes for Veteran Dog and Veteran Bitch are scheduled in all breeds, with the winner of these classes only competing for “Best Veteran in Breed”. The Association is looking to introduce “Best Veteran in Group” and Best Veteran in Show” at the 2016 show.

Adult Handling is gaining in popularity at both Open and Championship Shows up and down the country, so we are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to host “The Coventry LKS / Dog World” Adult Handling Finals which will be held on each day of the show, with the Grand Final being Judged in the Main Ring prior to Best in Show.

Full CC status has this year been granted to Finnish Spitz, Norwegian Buhunds and Lakeland Terriers and we are pleased to have received CC’s for the first time in Chihuahua (Long Coated), Pharoah Hounds and Bracco Italiano. Catalan Sheepdogs are scheduled for the first time at this year’s show, as a direct result of an approach from the Breed Club.

“An Audience with” is once again being held in conjunction with The City, this year’s victim is the very entertaining Claire Coxall of the World Famous “Tiopepi” Poodles, being held on Saturday 5th September.

The National Australian Shepherd Dog Association will be holding a Breed Seminar on Saturday 5th September; further information can be obtained from Catherine@buecheler.fsnet.co.uk

Each year The City makes a charitable donation; this year’s recipients will be “West Midlands Retired Police Dog Fund”, who will be present at the show with some of their dogs.

Continuous improvement is the name of the game at “The City” and we welcome suggestions and comments from Exhibitors, Judges and Visitors alike, so do not be afraid to approach any of the Officers or Committee at the show, your input will be very welcome.

The Officers and Committee are greatly indebted to the Stewards and helpers that help to make the show possible, so if you think you can offer any time to help at further shows, please make yourself known to us.

There are a number of changes to the schedule, The Judge for Mastiff should read Mr Joe Smith, and the Judge for Bolognese should read Mr George Farmer. Mrs Ann Arch will not now be judging Norwegian Buhunds and Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, these breeds will now be judged by Miss Jean Lanning and Mrs Kay Aspin respectively.