Barbet News (page 76)
Success at the Calais Dog Show.
Calais Dog Show
A new show for us, but given the location, one the we thought was worth investigation. With the show being held only seven minutes drive from the Eurotunnel Terminal we were afforded a relaxed journey to the show.
We quickly found the venue for the show which was being run by the Club St Hubert Nord who also run the show in Douai which we have attended previously. We were quickly checked in by the vet at reception who is there to check that all the dogs entered have their vaccinations up to date.
This is a relatively new show in France and a much smaller affair than Douai with 941 dogs registered to attend. Being held in one large hall made it much easier to meet up with Lorraine who had brought over Rugby (Novaforesta Investigator) for his first show and Richard and Julie who were showing Bonnie (Novaforesta Dora) and her son Hector (Charamese Hector). They had all opted to travel over the day before and so were already at the show when we arrived. On collecting our Show Catalogue we quickly spotted a barbet on the cover, Lotus (Nuphars Deep in a Dream) with her owner Anne Plomp. Lotus was sired by `Ooli` Novaforesta Dudley and Bonnie his sister was being shown later, a lot to live up to!
Rugby gets looked over.
As the judging of other breeds progressed, the space around our allotted ring cleared so we could all get a good view of proceedings. With most of the classes only featuring one dog we were more interessted in the jusges written critique and grading. First into the ring in the Intermediate Male class was Rugby (Novaforesta Investigator) at his first show. Lorraine was a little apprehensive as Rugby is normally quite a `spirited` boy, but he seemed to sense what was required and behaved impeccably for the judge Mme Monique Van Brempt and was graded `Excellent`. Hector (Charamese Hector) was also graded `Excellent` in the Open Male Class and went on to take the Best Male title.
Pi and Martha.
Charamese Hector - Best Male
In the female classes, Pi (Netis Jitter-bug) was graded `Very Promising` in the Female Puppy Class, as high a grade as she can get as she is not yet a year old and so ineligable to challenge for titles. She behaved well in the ring, and it was a positive first introduction. In the Open Female Class, Martha (Reeds Fowling Alexia) was also graded `excellent`, not bad considering that she was out on a shoot the previous weekend, but the clear winner and Best Female was Bonnie (Novaforesta Dora) whe then went on to beat her son Hector to take Best of Breed.
Bonnie - 2nd in Group 8
With the breed judging concluded and all `critiques` collected from the judges assistant, we rushed off to try and catch French judge, Mr Jean-jacques Dupas inbetween breed judging to get Rugby (Novaforesta Investigator) `confirmed`. It tested our French somewhat trying to get past the ring official who was trying to explain to us that we didn`t need to get Rugby and we were explaining that we wanted to anyway. Luckily Mr Dupas spotted us and came over, and all was resolved in seconds. Rugby is now a fully `confirmed` barbet.
We then had a short wait, just enough time for a coffee and baguette, before we all moved over to the main ring to watch Julie go into the Group 8 judging. Being a rare breed, even in France, the barbet often gets overlooked at this stage but Bonnie was looking in great shape and Julie was the most experienced of us there at showing a dog to its best advantage. Once the judge had taken her time looking over all the dogs, she called the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever up for third place, and then in 2nd place Bonnie! A great result to get a podium place in the group. With an English Cocker winning the group, there was no need to wait for the final judging, leaving just time enough to collect our respective trophies and make the short journey back to the Eurotunnel.
We were surprised not to see more Brits at the show given how accessible it is but I`m sure that will change and it will definately be on our calendar for 2015.