Breed notes 30/09/18


Lots in this weeks notes as I missed the deadline last week as was away at Wiltshire game fair!!

I’d like to start with an apology to Dave and Patricia Greenslade. There was a mistake in the breed notes from 09/09/18

At Richmond show Res Bitch CC was awarded to their Ruby, Utterbygreen Mint Chocolat and not as was printed. Unfortunately I had copied from Higham press who had made the mistake but then rectified it later after I had already done my notes!!!

Another fantastic report on Onyx’s continuing success from Garry Minnikin:

A mixture of highs and lows this weekend, We had an amazing start to the day, Estella Phil came across to Newark to see Onyx and her Focus team mates run, we put in a new club record of 15.26 seconds which puts us the third fastest team this year out of 496 teams that have raced, what more is that we had room in our changeovers and could have gone even quicker.

The next race Onyx and Panik had a big collision with Onyx taking a major knock, this looked and sounded awful and Onyx was lame with what looked like muscular damage, she then got checked over by a vet that said it was just heavy bruising, after a few hours rest she is now back weight baring and bouncing around as though nothing has happened.

Apologies for scaring you Estella.

As posted in last noted Midland game fair took place 15/ 16th. Ann Harrison reports:

What a fabulous time we had promoting Manchester Terriers at Weston Park for the Midland Game Fair this weekend.

The depth of knowledge of the crowds at this rural extravaganza never fails to impress.  Mostly they are true country people who know their dogs, and we are re-visited by many folk who attend Weston Park every year and always make a point of coming to see us.  They even remember the dogs names!  There are of course still people who discover the breed for the first time and are soon charmed and enchanted by our wonderful breed.  I did however occasionally wonder if we were presenting a true picture when visitors told me how extremely calm and docile they appeared.  Having pointed out the intelligence aspect and the “nothing doing, save energy” default, hopefully the balance was re-dressed.

Six of us stayed for the duration, Lesley and Elsie Olbinson with the famous Mr D and Gracie, Nigel Keates with Betty (Mabel had a pressing engagement elsewhere this weekend), Sonia Owczarek with Billy and Pixie, and Chris Harrison and me with Sophie, Ash and Teal.  We had re-enforcements on Sunday with Louise, Darren and Phoebe Plant with Rizzo and Vinnie, who wowed the crowds with his flat cap.  I think he was the most photographed dog in Staffordshire this weekend!  We were also delighted to see Willowe Keeley who after so many years of coming to see us for her Manchester ‘fix’ now has her own baby girl.

We took the opportunities offered to promote the breed in as many ways as possible, although there is no Parade due to the pressure of Gundog Championships in the dog ring.  Mr D, Gracie and Sophie took part in the fun dog show where they were well placed, and in a lure coursing display (in the Falconry Ring of all places!) where a very tight course was laid out, Gracie, Teal and Ash had great fun showing off their skills to the delight of the crowd.

As always, we enjoyed long walks around the Park before and after the shifts on the stand, and evenings were spent swapping tales over the meals we take it in turns to produce.

Friday 21st saw terrier day at Driffield championship show. Judge Mr Craig Scanlan had an entry of 7 MT’s.

BEST OF BREED : GOODWIN Mr & Mrs A & J A Digelsa Date Night At Holtaire

Best Dog : CHARLTON Mr & Mrs H Ch Digelsa Done N’ Dusted at Lizelms

Res Best Dog : BOOT Mr C Harliboo Word Gets Around

Best Bitch : GOODWIN Mr & Mrs A & J A Digelsa Date Night At Holtaire

Res Best Bitch : BARLOW Mrs D Nightfury Bold Venture JW Sh.CM

Best Puppy : BOOT Mr C Harliboo Word Gets Around

Best Veteran :

Best Special Beginner : BOOT Mr C Harliboo Word Gets Around who went on to gain second place in the sp beginners group!

Well done young man!!

Wiltshire Game and country fair 22nd-23rd September.

Sue pinkham writes:

The only way to describe our last Living Heritage breed stand for this year was wet, wet, and even more WET. Our hardy team of Manchester Terriers were not deterred and, with the help of their backing team looking after their every need, they faced the public. Surprising even though the conditions were so bad many visitors braved the wet weather and we had a steady flow of visitors to the stand. The sun and blue skies did make an appearance on Sunday afternoon which helped dry out the coats.

The front-line team and backing crew were: Sheldon and Penny with Linda Walker; Sophie, Ash and Teal with Ann and Chris Harrison; Narla and Keeta with Ann Wadey and Ruth Calvert-Smith; Ronnie with Tracey and Mick Whiteley; Mr D and Gracie with Lesley and Elsie Olbinson; Charlie with Elaine House and Dave, and Lexi and Katie with me and John.

Except for one misdemeanour by Lexi and an attempted break out, the dogs behaved impeccable on the stand and were fantastic ambassadors for the breed. How did Lexi let the side down you ask? Well, on warning the child’s mother that Lexi (who was standing on the table level to the toddler in her mother’s arms) was eyeing-up the bread roll in her toddler’s hand she placed it in her coat pocket. Whilst we were talking quick as a flash Lexi shoved her head into the coat pocket and consumed the snatched roll. Fortunately, the lady saw the funny side of it although I was mortified. We do have photographic evidence of the attempted mass escape from the pen on the stand. Can you spot the ring leader?

The wet weather did not stop the terrier or the ‘Chase the Bunny’ races on either day. Over the weekend ten Manchester Terriers’ raced. Katie got up to her usual mischief and was more interested in taking out her opponents then catching the lure. On Saturday Lexi won the ‘Chase the Bunny’ race which qualified her for the Champions race on the Sunday. Lexi, Sheldon, Ash, Penny and Teal all competed in the champions race and Sheldon came second to a lovely little Patterdale.

On both days, Chris Harrison was asked to judge the terrier show and, to show our support, several handlers showed their dogs. However, no favouritism was shown and Chris awarded his best in show to a Lakeland Terrier on Saturday and a Rough Haired Patterdale on Sunday.

These weekends would not be the same without our group meals in the evening and our walks in beautiful settings. We all pitch-in with different items for the meal. Because of the inclement weather the breed tent doubled-up as our restaurant. As you can see from the photographs not just food is consumed. Thanks go to Ann Wadey who supplied the home-made lemon drizzle cake and coffee and walnut cake for afternoon tea. They were delicious.

Thanks also go to Lesley Olbinson and Linda Walker for the lovely photographs of the stand, the surrounding area, the dogs and our walks, these can be seen on the BMTC website.

Saturday the 29th an overdue Northern Mooch took place on a beautiful sunny day on Formby beach. 17 Manchester’s and 1 Setter enjoyed two hours of craziness, as always behaving impeccably and attracting lots of attention from curious passers by, a truly fantastic way to promote our breed!!

This Saturday 6th the BMTC championship show is taking place at Tomlinsons Canine Centre

Ratby Lane
Mark field, Leicestershire,
LE67 9RJ. Feel free to come along and have a chat.

Have a good week whatever you are up to.
Lesley Olbinson

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