Barbet News (page 71)
CLA Game Fair 2013
For a more lighthearted take on a weekend away with the Barbet Club G.B. please read
Claude Barbet does the 2013 CLA Game Fair.
Barbet GB Club Base Camp
In the wake of last years washout all eyes were on the weather in the run up to this years CLA Game Fair being held at Ragley hall in Warwickshire. In the days running up to the start of the event it soon became clear that far from being a washout, 2013 was likely to be a `scorcher`. With most of the club members and dogs arriving on the Thursday afternoon and evening we had time to get our camping area all set up. Luckily the Barbet Club had been allocated an area in the shade of a wood and with the addition of a gazebo for extra shade and a small paddling pool we were confident that we could keep the dogs comfortable in the heat.
It was still a warm evening as we walked down to the Sporting Dogs pavillion to get our pen set up for the start of the Fair the following day. With everything prepared we took a walk with the dogs around the site as all the stallholders and exhibitors were making their last minute preparations. Coming to an open grassy area next to the lake, where the fly fishing demonstrations were to be held, we decided to let the dogs off lead for a run - swiftly followed by a series of splashes as they chose swimming over running on such a warm evening.
With visitors to the Game Fair arriving early in the morning, the pens in the Sporting Dogs Pavillion have to be manned from 8:30 in the morning through until around 5:30 in the afternoon. With eight barbet on site and others coming just for the day we were able to maintain a good mix of sexes, colours, ages and coat length as well as ensure that none of the dogs had to spend too long in the Pavillion. As Friday is generally the day on which those interested in field sports attend, we also made sure that an owner who had experience of working or training a barbet as a gundog was on hand for the majority of the day.
Waiting for the professor
Saturday started more overcast and while the sun came out by midday it did ensure that the temperature did not reach the highs of the previous day. The Sporting Dog Pavillion was also busier, with a constant stream of visitors with several coming back to the barbet for a second look or to ask further questions. Certainly there were no periods of boredom for those manning our pen and it was good to have enough dogs and handlers available to rotate throughout the day. Throughout the three days the British Veterinary Association run an eye testing clinic and thankfully for us it was located immediately behind the pavillion. Having pre-booked prior to the event, four barbets were booked in to be examined by Prof. Peter Bedford, FRCVS, a canine eye specialist. Happily all four passed with flying colours and Professor Bedford kindly stated -
“"It was more than a pleasure to meet the Barbet at the Game Fair this year. It was my first encounter with this rather hairy but superb looking breed and I was impressed particularly with the temperament. As a stranger with a bright light attached to my head I was able to examine the eyes of all four dogs in a tent with flapping sides in a noisy environment with a temperature of 32C without any difficulty. No struggling, no blinking -- just a very calm and accepting manner. And all eight eyes were healthy -- no entropion in these four and crystal clear media back to the optic nerve. A very nice addition to the breeds I normally check and it was encouraging to witness the determination of the owners to keep the Barbet as healthy as possible."
So congratulations to Novaforesta Duplo, Reeds Fowling Alexia a.k.a. Martha, Charamese Hermione a.k.a. Hallie and Netis Hazzah a.k.a. Claude.
With Sundays weather following in the same vein as the previous day it was another busy day for the barbets and owners meeting the public and explaining about the breed and the joys (well mostly) of barbet ownership. A new feature of the Sporting Dogs Pavillion is the addition of a large screen TV showing promotional videos of the various breeds featured in the pavillion. Although the video used for the barbet was originally put together for the cancelled 2012 Game Fair it is still relevant in 2013. The video can be viewed by clicking Here
In addition to being available in the pavillion, the barbet was also represented in two gundog parades during the day. These give the public the opportunity to see the dogs movement and to also make some sort of comparison between the different breeds on display. A final display brought the 2013 Game Fair to an end and time for tired owners and dogs to head for home happy in the knowledge that a few more of the UK population not only knew what a barbet was but had also met one!
Barbets out in the Gundog ring.
The Barbet Club of GB would like to thank the following, in no particular order, for their time and effort in supporting this event:- Melanie & Graham, David & Lorraine, Richard & Sam, Karen & Roger, Jill & Kath, Tony & Sue, Roger, Jill & Charlotte, Annette, Wendy & Julian; and not forgetting the stars *** Hope, Eton, Rugby, Obi, Anouk, Claude, Demi, Esme, Duplo, Ebene Martha & Hallie.