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Ryton on Dunsmore 4th October 2003
Anyone who has ever organised a show will know how much work is actually involved behind the scenes. When the event is as successful as the one held at Ryton-on-Dunsmore, all that hard work is definitely worthwhile!
Canine Freestyle GB is 1 year old and to mark their first birthday they held their first Kennel Club Registered Competition to coincide with the celebrations. CFGB have produced no less than 5 superb events in its first year alone and this, their 6th event was certainly the cherry on top of the cake!
The ring fencing looked terrific with the bunting strewn along its length and the hall was beautifully decorated with balloons and banners. Many comments were made concerning the professional look and the friendly atmosphere which the hall exuded.
A film company were present before the beginning of the competition - and they stayed to the end - busy recording the event from different angles and yet staying inobtrusive allowing everyone freedom to move around.
With well over 80 entries there was a packed programme to get through. The standard of all the classes is rising all the time and the competitors were brilliant, each one ready in turn to ensure that not a moment was lost. The judges were swift and sure in their deliberations, which helped to move the classes along.
Starters Heelwork to Music had 23 entries and over a dozen different breeds. The winner of this class was Lesley Neville & Highlander Red Robbie CDex, UDex, WDex, TDex. (Working Bearded Collie) dancing to “Grandfather Mountain & Capercaillie”. A stunning routine to lively Scottish music, beautifully performed by this happy team. Lesley setting the scene, dressed in a fabulous swinging kilt.
Class 1 Starters Heelwork to Music
Starters Freestyle had a massive 25 entries with a great variety of different breeds. The team who came out on top were Maureen Jenkins and Jed Jedroe Jinks dancing to ”You’ll Be In My Heart”. Certainly a team to watch out for in the future
.Class 2 Starters Freestyle
Novice Heelwork to Music was an absolute joy to watch and produced a very popular win – Ann De Rizzio with Stillmoor Touch Of Spice dancing to “You’re Just In Love”. This place was very hotly contested by Ann’s former pairs partner, Barry Bray, who was just pipped at the post.
Class 3 Novice
Heelwork to Music
Novice Freestyle had a very good entry of 15 teams and was won by Karen Sykes and her WSD Iatka Spring Spangle dancing to “In these Shoes?” And the question on everyone’s lips was “How did she manage that in those shoes?” Manage is what she did! Karen dressed to stun in a black velvet dress with purple decoration – ever stylish with a sexy wiggle. A well deserved first place for Fly at just two years old and a win which was extremely popular with the audience.
Class 4. Novice
Intermediate Heelwork to Music was won by Carol Wallace and her Jack Russell Tilda the Terrible dancing to “Happy Days Are Here Again”, and they certainly were for Carol.
Class 5. Intermediate
Heelwork to Music
Intermediate Freestyle was a stimulating class, the clear winner by 2.7 marks, was Lesley Neville and Highlander Red Robbie who picked up their second 1st place of the day dancing to “The Deadwood Stage”. Lesley wonderfully dressed for the part as Calamity Jane with Robbie riding shotgun. This team have come on in leaps and bounds over this last year, a well deserved win to take them into the Advanced class next time.
Class 6 Intermediate
Both of the advanced classes were of an incredible standard! As each team began their routine the hall was completely still as the audience were mesmerised by some of the best routines ever seen.
to Music was won by the very talented Kath Hardman and
her beautiful red WSD Copper Coin Of Retcoll dancing their new
routine to “Mazurka from Coppelia”. Kath played the
part of the life-sized doll that comes to life with Ginnie never
putting a paw out of place. Worthy & admired winners! Only
just beaten into 2nd place by 0.3 of a mark were Karen Sykes and
Iatka Spring Spangle who performed their very popular “Hall
of the Mountain King & Polovtsian Dances”, Fly and Karen
(who was dressed in fur, breastplate and horns) moved as gracefully
as always to this fabulous piece of music. 3rd Place was taken
by Paula Ackary and Stillmoor Red Rustler with a superb routine
to “You Blow My Mind”, Paula included so many variations
of heelwork positions all carried out confidently by her lovely
BC. Class 7 Advanced Heelwork to Music
Advanced Freestyle was even more hotly contested with just 0.1 of a mark separating the first two places! In 1st place was Kath Hardman and Copper Coin Of Retcoll dancing to their well known ballet piece, “Annen Polka”. This routine is always mesmerising to watch! In 2nd place was Karen Sykes and her WSD After Lady Karen’s Prozac with their new and very polished routine “Be Our Guest!”. This was a real crowd pleaser with Karen and her partner, Kes producing a performance of exceptional standard. In 3rd place was Pat Richards with her WSD, Red Hot Ross Of Valgray performing their stunning routine to “Morning In Cornwall”. A beautifully controlled, precise and moving dance.
Class 8 Advanced
If this first year is anything to go by, Canine Freestyle GB are certainly the British Club to watch. Friendly and professional were two words often used this weekend. Words they should be proud of. Many thanks to all on the Committee who made it possible.
Thanks to Roger and Lesley Neville, Cynthia Pickering, Cheryl Bowler and Len Pearce who helped with support by donating rosettes and trophies. Thanks to all those who donated gifts for the raffle and massive thank you to James Wellbeloved for the food prizes. Thanks to Les Perry of www.Obedienceuk.co.uk for the presentation of photos on his “Out and About” page of his website. And coming soon - at www.actionshots-events.co.uk beautiful photos available for purchase through Richard's website
To read a full report of the competition and short review of everyone who entered along with lots more interesting articles, - see the next copy of
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THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED THIS EVENT
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