When we were approached by an Events Company early this year to appear on Wednesday 9 August in the Thornton le Dale Show in Yorkshire, I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of the event. Not surprising, you may think, for someone who plies his trade in the south west.
We thought we’d give it a go and combine it with a short break in the North Yorkshire Moors. Only recently did I discover how big this show is – and who has provided the gundog element in the past.
This is by far the most popular event in the area with over 20,000 people expected. The range of events and attractions is mind-boggling. But what impressed me most was that John Cavana from Patanavac Gundogs has provided the display at Thornton for many years. John is at the very top of his game, one of the country’s most successful trainers who displays at all the major events. I have admired him for years. He stated that this show was the highlight of his show calendar and added:
“We travel the length and breadth of the country as well as Europe, but this is my favourite show because it’s a traditional country show with something for everyone”. Here’s a link to more information about the show.
These are going to be big boots to fill, so we have decided to offer something different to what will be a very knowledgeable audience – showing our “silent” approach to training young dogs and how we put fun and reward at the heart of everything we do to produce dogs both for the family home and to take shooting. Plus, there will, of course, be the array of pantomime-esque tricks we get our gundogs to perform, which always goes down well with the youngsters.
But I’ll be nervous, that’s for sure. Better get rehearsing!