This year the Irish Water Spaniel Club will be running their Champ Show in conjunction with the Irish Breeds Show at Cloughran on the 13th September. We would like to see many Irish Water Spaniels take part so even if you have never entered a show ring before, this is your chance to show off your dog or bitch and to let everyone see that Irish Water Spaniels may come in all shapes and sizes but are all amazing!
Last year only three dogs were entered – this was very disappointing as we know there are many more who could have appeared in the ring.
Entries will still be received if entered on line. The closing date for on- line entries is midnight on the 31st August. follow this link http://www.dogshowentry.ie/OnlineEntries/Public/AvailableShows.aspx, go to “dogshowentries” and click on “Irish Breeds Show” and the entry form column is on the right of the page. The fee for entering one dog or bitch is 18 euros or £18.00. Judging will commence at 12.30 sharp.
However, showing is optional! Please come along on the day and find out what’s involved….and maybe next year we’ll see many of you take the plunge into showing? it’s a great day out and is also an opportunity to see all the other Irish breeds as well as Irish Water Spaniels.
We had a very successful weekend at the Shane’s Castle Games Fair this year. Committee members had a full IWSC stand in operation and fielded questions throughout both days. There was great interest in the breed in general, we managed to sell some merchandise and had several enquiries from potential new club members. Well done to all involved volunteering their time to help out. A special thanks goes to our very own Committee member John Dorian and in particular his wonderful children who through their gift of the gab brought in much needed funds for the club – it seems will all make extremely good salesmen when they grow up!
We had sunshine, rain and hail but not even the bizarre May weather could stop us from having an amazing day. By all accounts the Club fun day was a roaring success. We had our grooming demonstration, scurries, agility class, dog shows and an obedience talk. Add in a dozen or so Irish Water Spaniels and many other breeds of dog with people who travelled from far and wide, from all corners of the country, from the very north to the very south, and there’s no denying what a great day it was.
Irish Water Spaniel owners old and new alike met and along with a large number of non-IWS owners just along for a fun day out, shared stories, information, laughter and the odd curse at the weather but by in large had a wonderful time. There were lots of people interested in information on breeding from their own dogs for the first time and in any litters that may be on the horizon who were able to get practical advice from committee and Club members.
Key to the success of the day was the amount of help and goodwill we received from numerous sources. We must thank Carmel Humphreys for kindly hosting the event in the beautiful setting of Dromin House without whom none of this would have been possible, to Richard Filgate for donating the marquees and keeping us dry, to O’Dowd’s veterinary in Louth who did great work promoting the event locally, running the rally-o and providing advice and help on the day, to Mary Wendland and Jim Stephens from Wenden boarding kennels who became the unofficial photographers of the day in addition to being show judges, selling raffle tickets and giving obedience talks! to the Louth gun club and vintage tractor club who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and in particular did a fabulous job organising the scurry, to Brambles cafe for keeping us warm with their hot teas, coffees and other goodies, to for their excellent agility demonstration and finally to all those who kindly sponsored our raffle, The Irish Landmark Trust, Wenden Kennels, O’Dowd vets, The Village Saloon Dromin, to Red Mills for the huge bags of dog food.I’m sure there’s someone we’ve forgotten but as you can see there’s a huge amount of goodwill that goes into making an event like this happen and we are truly grateful to all those involved. Without them this could not have happened.
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