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2010 - Three in a row for Chelsey! Print E-mail
Friday, 09 July 2010 23:07

When Liz Cartledge stepped forward on Sunday evening to judge Best in Show at Windsor championship show, under the shadow of the famous castle, any one of seven nations could have had a stake in the eventual winner.


We had a Dutch-bred hound and Finnish toy sent through from the first day, a terrier from Wales and Japanese utility on day two, a Scottish domiciled working dog and American-bred pastoral from the penultimate day and finally by Sunday England had a chance, represented by the gundog group!   Liz did in fact remark that it was the strongest best in show line-up she had judged.

This year saw the society’s 60th show and a small memorabilia exhibition was situated just outside the secretary’s office with old newspaper cuttings and photos.   ‘The summer Crufts’ as Windsor is known is also notable for breed parties and celebrations.   The Airedale folk always have an annual social with drinks and food while the Norfolks enjoy strawberries and cream après judging.   And of course the Pimm’s stand does a roaring trade during group judging, as do the ice cream vans.

I think I am right in saying that Windsor is the only general championship show (Crufts excepted) which has a dedicated overseas lounge, well patronised throughout the show, and as previously mentioned the foreigners of the four-legged variety weren’t doing too badly either.

The committee members are easily distinguishable in their pink jackets and this was in fact the first society to take up the idea of a ‘uniform’ for officials, closely followed by Crufts and its green jackets.

The weather on the first day was warm and quite close at times. Threatened showers never materialised on day two, despite it being overcast and breezy at times, but by the third and fourth days it was back to wall-to-wall sunshine.

And so during a sunny Sunday evening Liz Cartledge gave the nod to Chelsey the Kerry, taking her third best in show in as many weeks, with the Boxer reserve and the Lowchen best opposite sex.


Extracts from the Dog World report by Adrian Marett
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