Barbet News (page 56)
CLA Game Fair - 2011
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
This summer's Game Fair was held in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Once again the Barbet Club were invited to represent the breed in the sporting dog pavilion. We were happy to accept the invitation. The sporting dog pavilion is always very popular. There are more breeds of gun dogs on show than most can imagine. It is certainly worthy of its mention in The Times top ten highlights of the Game Fair.
The Barbet Club stand.
The stand was set up on Thursday by Lorraine. It looked superb despite the best efforts of the English weather. Our display of pictures featured British barbet taking part in various activities but mainly featuring the working aspect of our breed. The new banner kindly donated by Roger and Jill Tuck looked impressive and is a great addition to the club's display.
Many members of the club offered their help. The three days of the show can be demanding on both dogs and handlers and so it was made easier with all the help we received. Thanks to them all it has turned out to be a successful and happy event with the stand manned throughout with dogs and owners.
Over the three days we took part in the six displays in the gun dog ring. It is spectacular to see so many different gun dog breeds in one place. Louise Baily from the Sporting Irish Water Spaniel Club gave a very interesting commentary on all the breeds present. There is always something new to learn. Many people visited our stand, some familiar from previous years others new to our breed. All happy to stay and talk about our dogs and give them a stroke.
Remy, Ruby & Bepop take a break.
For many years the sporting dog pavilion has been organised by Helen Nash. She has always managed this with cheerful efficiency. It cannot be an easy thing to do. We heard this year that this job may now fall to someone new. We will all miss Helen and thank her for her hard work over the years. She will be a hard act to follow.
The Game Fair shows the best of country life. The Barbet Club was proud to be involved. Hope to see you at next year's Game Fair.
By Melanie and Graham Peacock