Another succesful DD stand at Crufts 2020

The Crufts Discover Dogs Breed Stand 2020 was as busy as ever.  With Gill Knight stepping down after many successful years we had a hard act to follow in setting up a Stand that maintained the theme of promoting healthy, correct and versatile dogs that will primarily be fantastic family pets.  The welfare of dogs and people are always at the forefront, so we had signs asking people to sanitise their hands BEFORE stroking our dogs and we were impressed by how well this was received by the public and the bio security staff on site.

Estella Saxton undertook the mighty task of distributing tickets to the troops and sorting the rota.  Starting proceedings on Thursday were Linda Walker and breed stand experts Sheldon and Penny with Flyball Champions Team Focus’s Garry and Rachael Minnikin with Onyx and young Zircon.  In the afternoon Kaz Spence with Roxy and Christy Straughan and Darren Templeman with Murphy and Faith took over.  They reported repeat visits from potential owners.

On the second day Sonia Owcarek and Nigel Keates with Billy, Pixie, Betty and Mabel modelled the famous Mabel hats (the dogs, not the handlers!) before Lesley and Elsie Olbinson, Jane Aspden and Dianne Church took over with Mr D, Grace (reserve in the 5th placed Obreedience Team), Tony and Oakley.

The weekend stint began with Sue and John Pinkham and Vicki Sharpe with Lexi, Katie and Otto, followed in the afternoon by Chris and Dawn Boot and me with the other Chris with Reggie looking resplendent in his bow tie,  Ash, and members of the 5th placed Obreedience Team, Sophie and Teal.

The final day saw the younger generation in action with the Hall family of Barry, Gayle, Tabitha and Freddie with Jazz, (who impressed the crowds by not taking a proffered treat from a child’s hand until given the OK by Barry), Megan and Indi O’Neill (fresh from her Young Handler success at the Breed Show) with Jax and Laurence and Ann Spain with Chester (who went on to win the Reserve Dog CC in the afternoon’s Showing) and Ronnie.  Rounding off the weekend in the afternoon were Julie Bearder with Jester, who entertained the crowds with a whole bag of tricks, and repeat performances from Linda with Sheldon and Penny and me with Sophie and Teal.

Crufts is a hot and noisy environment and you do have to repeat yourself quite a bit, so the voice does tend to fade after a 3.5-hour stint.  Reports indicate however, that the newbies to the job enjoyed the experience and we hope we have some new converts to the Breed Promo circuit.  It is always lovely to welcome familiar faces as well as knowledgeable people from other breeds and this year we were blessed with informed enquiries varying from would-be owners to a potential breed judge.  Thank you so much everyone that came to support and promote the Manchester Terrier be it by manning the stand or by your support in coming to see us.

Ann Harrison.




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