British Manchester Terrier Club Fun Weekend - 15th - 16th June 2024


Well I cannot believe its a week since I rocked up for the BMTC Fun weekend, and I have just about recovered. I think I can say it was another huge success. The Friday night just for fun games proved a great way to get the weekend going with some light humoured competitiveness, Temptation Alley proved ever popular for the dogs who managed to chomp their way through a lot of sausages. There was a little bit of cheating going on in the team games but was soon corrected by our adjudicator Ann Harrison and it was Claire Murphys team who took the honours in both heats.
We had a lovely meal in Drax social club with a chance to sit, natter and catchup with those who were camping.
The forecast for Saturday was looking a bit ropey but started off pleasantly allowing the racing, flyball, agility and games to all take place as scheduled with all very well attended. I took part in the running of the Games and there were some incredibly competitive participants! I’m not going to mention any names, but several had more than one go at the Manc Mayhem to try and beat others scores with one taking their frustration out on the croquet hoops. In the steeplechase, I will be mentioning names, Darren Plant and Jeanette Geraghty who both took the riding the horse part very seriously and romped round the course with it firmly between their legs, see pictures attached!!
As lunchtime approached the promised downpour arrived and everyone took cover except for the tough Agility lot who continued to complete the morning sessions before retreating. We came out for the afternoon games sessions, but I think it was a little bit too damp, so we called it a day after a few more goes. The rain did ease off enough thankfully for the afternoon Agility sessions to go ahead. We had a first this year, our Obreedience Team ‘MRU’ gave a demonstration of what we do in the competition heats. The participants then split up into four groups, three groups having not done the KCGC Bronze test were shown the exercises required to pass and the fourth group were talked through the individual MRU team exercises. They were all given information on what they had been shown so hopefully some will decide to do their KCGC Bronze next year!
Prize giving took place before the meal, I will post all the results separately but there were some specials awarded, in the Flyball Ivy Heller was the fastest non MT, Hatty Johnson had two runs with the exact same score, I’m told this is extremely rare and my boy Mr Darcy for being the oldest to complete the flyball course. In Manc Mayhem our two youngest competitors, Thomas and Megan Millar both handling their young dog Mouse received specials and in the Steeplechase the afore mentioned Darren and Jeanette received their rosettes for being very special, In the racing Kiko Wildish was the fastest non MT (2nd overall) and for helping run the event, Linda Walker got a rosette just for being Linda.
During the Agility sessions each competitor received a lovely well-done rosette, results to be posted separately. After another superb meal we once again held an auction conducted by Garry M and Chris B with the usual banter, there were some great MT related items donated by BMTC members, a special thanks to David Palmer for donating the beautiful items from Janet’s collection. This raised a whopping £701 for renal failure.
Sunday was show day and it was a very windy start, I had to weight all the paperwork down in fear of having to chase it across the fields!! Bethany did a training session before the Limit show which is always a great way to put new exhibitors and their dogs at ease! Our judges were Gareth Brown (Wystry) for the dogs and Christy Straughan (Mannikai) for the girls. Again, full results will be printed separately but it was defiantly a day for veterans as both the Best Dog, Gregorys’ Talanors Diamond Trickster and Best Bitch, Thurlows’ Erkenwyne Lady Guinevere JW ShCM were over 7! The judges both preferred their own choice after going over them both, so it was down to the referee to make the decision for Best In Show, which just happened to be me, and I preferred the girl on the day. This also meant that she was awarded Best Veteran in Show and the boy Reserve Best Veteran in Show. The Best Puppy in Show was Watkins’ Rooksblack Madam Mim and Reserve Best Puppy Millars’ Ruffagga Minnie Mouse.
We had a short break whilst entries were taken for the afternoons companion show and as Amy and I headed back to the ring the heavens opened, Amy’s mum had just sat down ringside her girl Raven did not look impressed with her Mabel hat on, so we took the decision to postpone the start for half an hour. Amazingly the sun came out bang on time and the show started with the pedigree classes first. This was Amy’s first time judging and she seemed really at ease and enjoying going over the dogs presented to her. Then it was time for the fun classes, these are always great to judge but sometimes harder that the serious ones!! Again, I will post full results separately but there are two classes that are always worth a mention, the 6 best legs raised a huge round of applause as Dave Fowler stripped off to his undies, covered only by his slightly longer coat, to reveal his well-muscled pins much to the disgust of Roni, Captain Awesome, whose Dad hadn’t made quite the same effort! Needless to say, Dave took 1st place!! The last class of the day was the ever-competitive fancy dress competition. People spend a long time planning these costumes, so it was quite unbelievable when Louise Plant came over in her Wizard of Oz costume only for Dawn Boot to appear with exactly the same idea!! Both looked very impressive in their red slippers and matching wigs! The other competitors were Claire Murphy as a scarecrow along with her two dogs dressed as corn on the cobs and Paul Clark as Spock with Ruby dressed as the USS Enterprise! Once again, a magnificent amount of effort put in by all of them, but poor Amy had to choose a winner, they definitely didn’t make it easy for her but eventually it was Louise who claimed the coveted 1st place.
We had planned to wrap things up with a mooch around Doncaster Racecourse, which we had walked on Friday morning, but were well and truly pooped so after taking everything down, opted for a sit-down with a glass of wine instead, I believe some of you went for a walk around the power station.
Now for the difficult part, the thank yous, always worried I will forget someone so apologies in advance if I have!! To the merchandise ladies Anne, Liz & Catherine who set up and manned the stall throughout the weekend. To Ann Wadey for a magnificent job selling both raffle and Gwendon tickets. To Ged Hartshorn and family for the very generous donation for the Gwendon raffle. To Julie Bearder for bringing, setting up all the agility equipment and running the sessions with Judy. To Linda Walker for helping with the racing and to Sue Pinkham for helping with the Obedience. To Tom and Faye helping with the flyball and Wendy helping with the games. Thank you to Gareth Brown and Amy Brown for giving up your time to judge our shows and the sponsors CSJ for donating prizes. To all those who came and helped us put up and take down the marquee. A massive thank you to Rachael for your help before and during the weekend. Lastly a big thank you to all who came to take part and joined in with great enthusiasm in all the activities, especially to Sandy Koster (thank you for the lovely cake!!), the Gregory family and Claire Murphy for making the long journeys to join us, and Tina for more cake! Oh – nearly forgot, a humongous thank you to the BMTC committee who worked tirelessly organising, setting up and pulling off a most excellent weekend. The daily raffles raised £274 and the Gwendon Raffle an absolutely amazing £605!! Donations from generous members, Elaines’ boss and Rachael with Abbey Canine doing Muscle checks raised £298 and thanks also to the other stall holders, Dawn, Alison and Rebecca for providing raffle prizes. Adding in the Mabel hats sold for £21 and including the Auction the whole weekend raised a whopping £1899 for the Renal Failure Fund!!
A few photo’s, plenty more on FB pages!!
 
BMTC Fun Weekend activities results.

Terrier racing:

1st Horace Earle, 2nd Dexter Swart, 3rd Blue Wicker, 4th Onyx Minnikin, 5th Jack Stapleton, 6th Floyd Fitch

Flyball:

1st Dexter Swart, 2nd Horace Earle, 3rd Trick Gregory, 4th Shawnw Gregory, 5th Rita Ash, 6th Rain Harrison.

Manc Madness:

1st Wendy & Breeze, 2nd Paul & Ruby, 3rd Bethany & Lollie, 4th Kaz & Sydney, 5th Chantelle & Dexter, 6th Louise & Wren.

Steeplechase:

Wendy & Ivy, 2nd Kaz & Sydney, 3rd Kaz & Roxy, 4th Suzie & Bell, 6th Shaun & Captain awesome.

Beginners Agility:

1st Bethany Cawley & Breeze 2nd Claire Murphy & Brannagh, 3rd Chantelle Swart & Dexter, 4th Jen Mills & Mouse, 5th Claire Murphy & Brinkley, 6th Wendy Heller & Ivy.

Advanced Agility:

1st Ann Harrison & Teal, 2nd Willow Keeley & Remy, 3rd Carol Wicker & Blue.



Only 2 days until the fun commences at the BMTC FW!!!
Those who are camping please do not arrive before 1pm to allow the committee to set things up for you. Your meal vouchers, schedules & all other information will be available in the marquee. The weekend kicks off with some just for fun, but highly competitive, games with Ann & Lesley on Friday evening at 17:00 in the racing ring. No charge for this one we just ask that you bring your MT, sense of humour and probably a brolly!!
Please see below for full schedule for the weekend.
See you soon
THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVALIBLE IN EACH SESSION SO DON’T MISS OUT ON YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE SOME GREAT TRAINING WILL EXPERIENCED HANDLERS.
At the BMTC FW there is also a chance to have a go in an Introduction to foundation agility. Being held on the Saturday 15th June with Judy Thurlow & Julie Bearder. Anyone is welcome, including puppies (who will not jump but can still take part in the skills). Essential equipment to bring – lots of very yummy treats cut very small, a tuggy toy if your dog likes to play, your dog and a great sense of humour!!!! 3 sessions Saturday, 8 dogs per session. Session 1 9am – 10.30. Session 2 10.30 – 12md. Session 3 1pm – 2.30. 3pm Mini competition for those already training/competing. 1 session Sunday, 4 dogs 8.30 – 10am. Each session will end with the chance to win a clear round rosette. Times may overrun if necessary. To book a place please comment stating which session you wish to do or PM Judy Thurlow. Each session will cost £1.
N.B THOSE WISHING TO ALSO DO THE OBEDIENCE WORKSHOP SHOULD CHOOSE A MORNING SESSION

FUN WEEKEND ANNOUNCEMENT
Sadly, we do not have enough applicants to warrant running the Good Citizen Tests this year.
As a gap in the programme is simply out of the question, members of the MRU Obreedience Team are instead running an Obedience/Obreedience/Good Citizen workshop on the Saturday afternoon.
We will cover a mix of heelwork, competition exercises and Good Citizen Bronze test requirements. The aim will be to give you and your MT plenty to work on ready to take the Good Citizen Test next year, as well as providing an insight into competition heelwork and exercises that you can work on at home.
All are welcome, bring your dog, a favourite toy and lots of tasty treats in very small pieces. Chicken, cheese, garlic sausage – no boring brown kibble! We will be in a fully netted area and most of the work can be done on a lead.
Please let me know if you are interested so we can stagger numbers if necessary, either message on FB or email on annandchrisharrison@tiscali.co.uk
Times will be posted on the programme before the weekend.

BMTC FW LIMIT SHOW SCHEDULE
UPDATE …
Due to unforeseen circumstances we have a change of judge for the bitches at The BMTC Limit show being held at the Fun Weekend on 16th June, these will now be judged by Christy Straughan with the boys still being judged by Gareth Brown.

ONLY 5 WEEKS UNTIL THE GREATEST MT WEEKEND OF THE YEAR!! DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR BOOKING FORMS SENT IN IF YOU ARE CAMPING OR HAVING A MEAL!!
ALSO FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THEIR KC GOOD CITIZENS BRONZE OR SILVER REMEMBER TO GET IN CONTACT WITH ANN HARRISON ASAP.
TICKETS FOR THE GREAT GWENDON RAFFLE ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE FROM ANN HARRISON TOO!!

The British Manchester Terrier Club (BMTC) committee are delighted to announce our 2024 Fun Weekend will take place on 15th-16h June 2024 at:

Drax Sports & Social Club
Main Road
Selby
North Yorkshire
YO8 8PJ
If you wish to come along then please complete the booking form via the link below and email it to:  bmtcfunweekend@gmail.com