Wiltshire Game and Country Fair – 22-23 September 2018

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 below 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.

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