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THE SUMMER WEEKEND AT RIDDINGS – DERBYSHIRE

With many thanks to James Wellbeloved, the main Sponsor of this event

It is impossible to express sufficient gratitude for the preparation for this event which started months ago –the venue was the home of the Canine Freestyle GB Chairman – Roger Neville and his wife Lesley our Newsletter Editor.

Paula Ackary with Rustic

No-one can imagine just how much work was put into the setting of this show and those who attended wanted for nothing. The arena had once been a hay field – but Roger’s work over the past few months had turned this into a grassed area which would have been at home in Wimbledon. We had a covered “collecting” area for shade, which became known as the Royal Enclosure, with flowers which had been nurtured to bloom especially for that weekend. A separate camping area, a dog walk and a practice ring which nestled in the cool shade of the beautiful, tall trees. A caterer was on site from Friday night through to the close of the show and not forgetting the obvious needs – a toilet block was installed!

This was a certainly a show to be proud of.

Lorraine Peace and Twig

Saturday was the Judged Event. We ran five classes with a total of 46 entries. Judging started at 10:30 and the event ran at a leisurely pace finishing at 5:00pm. The weather was glorious and as the temperature soared into the 80’s there was no reason to rush.

Carol Hewson with Foxy

Most of those present during the day then stayed to enjoy the barbecue. The balmy Summer’s evening was the perfect backdrop as we all had a smashing night catching up with the gossip, making new friends and chatting with the old ones. Good food – good company - goodnight!!

On Sunday we ran the Funday. The temperatures were again rivalling the Mediterranean. The Virgin’s Class was first. How often, on coming out of the ring, have you wished you could go in and do it all again. Well, each of the seven entries were given just that opportunity, to “have another go” and were slotted between the performances in Class 2, as a Thank You for supporting this event.

Margaret Booth and YoYo

Class two was a class of mixed abilities and proved to be great fun with well over thirty entries.

Class three was Lucky Dip. Those eleven taking part selected a tape from a scret stock in the morning and produced a routine for the audience in the afternoon. What a laugh!! The entertainment given by those entering this class was second to none. Even Roger managed to shake a leg during a routine on his Hallowed Turf!!!

A complete report on this event will be available to read in the next member's Canine Freestyle GB Newsletter/ Bulletin. For details on joining Canine Freestyle GB please email membership@caninefreestylegb.com

Jenny Rothwell with Molly


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