At 14 months of age, Noa shows she has what it takes to cast a gundog! Lovely to watch.
Better raise my game!
Katie is over from Malta with Noa, my second granddaughter, for a few days. We spent a lovely day at the seaside with the dogs and popped in to see Noa’s Great Grandma in her home in Mudeford.
Dogs went swimming, Noa pottered on the beach, beautiful sunshine. Off to the woods and to splash in puddles today – and then to the pub! Well, it’s vital she learns all the important British traditions, isn’t it?
Can’t say I’m too sad that the show season is finally over and that the shooting season now beckons. It’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the fact that the reason I have gundogs is to take them shooting, not to put on displays of tricks and manoeuvres that you’d never see anywhere else but in a show arena!
All in all, I’m really happy with the way the show season has gone. Yes, there have been a few hiccups along the way, but these have been overshadowed by shows that I will always remember with pride: Thornton, Buckham and Wessex to name but 3. And I’ve already received enquiries for some really big shows for 2018, including for the Royal Bath & West. We’re still mulling next year’s plan over ….
I’m so lucky to have such talented dogs but even more fortunate to have a team around me who help set everything up, perform in the ring with me, field the public’s questions and then spend a couple of hours dismantling all the gear in rain and shine. Special mention has to go to Kim Swain who has not only performed brilliantly with her dogs but also been a tireless supporter together with husband Alan and their delightful, well-mannered and ever helpful son, Max. And none of all this could have been done without the steadfast support and patience of my AB! Thank you to all of you.
Now it’s time to put the PA systems away, roll up the gazebo and store the dummy launcher and bolting rabbit for another year. It’s time to switch the girls off being Prima Ballerinas in the ring to being efficient working dogs in the shooting field again, an environment that both they and I prefer.
Now where did I store that game carrier, the priest and all my radios …..?
It’s our last and probably biggest show of the year this Saturday – The Frome Cheese and Agricultural Show in Somerset.
The show has been staged for over 150 years and now attracts tens of thousands to the showground in Frome. Whilst cheese still plays an important role, the show has expanded to include a huge array of arena attractions, and we are fortunate enough to have been included in this year’s line up, doing one demonstration at lunchtime in the Village Green arena.
Take a look at what’s on offer at:
The West Woodlands Showground is located just outside the town of Frome on the B3092 heading towards Maiden Bradley and Longleat. The nearest train station is Frome (less than 2 hours from London Paddington) from which they will be running a complimentary shuttle service to the showground throughout the day. All general public parking is free. There is ample space and excellent traffic management plans in place to ensure ease of access for all visitors. The Showground’s Post Code is BA11 5ES should you require it for Sat Nav guidance but please follow Show Signage on your approach.
I know many friends, helpers and clients will be coming along to help us celebrate the last show of the year and, who knows, perhaps the last show we do. Come and join us.