... to quote Reporter Stuart Band in OurDogs
The annual Members' Supper was held on the eve of the show and, as always, it was good to see so many it friends and acquaintances enjoying a sumptuous Plyvine buffet, whilst entertained by Clem Cartledge. One wall of the marquee was transparent and provided guests with a superb view of Windsor Castle and a spectacular sunset.
There was no Royal Standard flying over Home Park for the duration of the show, as HM Queen Elizabeth was spending the weekend in Sandringham attending the christening of her latest great - grandchild, Princess Charlotte. It is to be hoped that she takes an interest in canine affairs just like her great - grandmother.
Jane Lilley, a familiar face at Windsor, was the Best in Show judge and she had a magnificent line-up of seven group winners to assess before deciding who should take the top spot. So many interesting factoids came out of this year’s show and will share some of them with you throughout this report.
She chose for the top spot Espen Engh and his life-partner. Age Gjetnes’ Greyhound, Multi Ch Jet's Moonlight Serenade, who was attending her very first show in the UK who had been awarded her 1st CC & BOB by Dr. Ron James and the Hound Group under Jan Pain. The Jet’s kennel is the top winning Greyhound kennel of all time, having made up 192 homemade champions with more than 680 titles in 60 countries! The Jet's kennel was established by Espen and his late mother, Kari, in Norway in 1975.
This year saw the introduction of a new stakes class, the Windsor Charity Stakes. This was held in memory of 'Sunny', Ch Allmark Indecent Proposal JW ShCM, co - owned by Robert Harlow & Paul Routledge. All entry fees for this class are to be donated to the Cinnamon Trust, the national charity for elderly and terminally ill people and their pets. Generous prize money bad been donated by the owners and friends of ‘Sunny' along with numerous gifts and prizes donated by friends and trade stand holders and the daily winners were also presented with a magnificent rosette.
For the rest of Stuart’s report and the Group and Breed judge’s reports see OurDogs 10th July edition