Southern Counties at Newbury Showground was the first Championship Dog Show to return, albeit under COVID restrictions. Bolognese were scheduled to be second in the ring after Coton de Tulear. However, Maltese were sneaked in between, so we had to wait! This caused a bit of stress to the committee as the stewards and Judge were waiting to judge the Rare Breeds and were waiting for the Bolognese to finish. We were in ring 4 which was in the undercovered area to be used for Best in Show. However, we had to stay outside until our breed started and even then we couldn’t take our trolleys in, so had to keep an eye on our belongings and other dogs.
Luckily the weather stayed dry, the sun came out intermittently and it was actually quite hot with a breeze. If it had rained it would of been miserable. Some people had small tents, or covers erected for shelter, but these were away from the ring and as the weather stayed dry, we congregate by the entrance to the ring. The atmosphere was strange due to the COVID rules, we couldn’t watch any other breeds and the rings were almost empty of spectators. Also we had to wear masks while being judged of course. It was also the first show without Virginia Dowty and none of her dogs were there, which took some getting used to. The dogs however seemed to fit right back into showing as if there hadn’t even been a break. On the up side, it had been Chris Thatcher’s birthday a few days before and we had cake!
Eventually we got in the ring. The judge HOWARD OGDEN had judged the breed at Crufts 2019. BOB went to Donocielo Cassia, BD Enjanicka Midnight Blue, BP Enjanicka Evening Emerald and BV Tumbril Timelord. Full results can be found at www.fossedata.co.uk. Our next show is East of England on the 9th of July at The East of England Showground, an outdoor show with no wet weather accommodation, so fingers crossed on the weather again!