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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Manchester 2020

Featured Written by Our Dogs - Sophie Wildig
BIS at Manchester was the Australian Shepherd Dog, AKC ASCA UK Ch Wyndstar Magic Marker (Imp USA), owned by Kirtley, Erdesz, Shaw & Raymond, pictured with best in show judge David Guy. BIS at Manchester was the Australian Shepherd Dog, AKC ASCA UK Ch Wyndstar Magic Marker (Imp USA), owned by Kirtley, Erdesz, Shaw & Raymond, pictured with best in show judge David Guy. Alan Seymour

‘The Classic’ - Manchester Dog Show Society held its show at Staffordshire County Showground from 16th-19th January 2020.

Kicking off the championship show season in style - with a good entry and smooth running throughout, Secretary Paul Harding and President Val Foss expressed their gratitude to exhibitors and committee for their support towards the successful show.

The secretary was also pleased to tell me that many previous numbers were exceeded by the show this year, including the amount of trade stands in attendance and also the number of overseas exhibits. 

Overall the show received an entry of 9658 dogs making 11472 entries, the highest breed entry being Golden Retrievers - with a fabulous entry of 270, two judges, Mrs Fiona Clarkson (dogs) and Mr Jose M Doval (bitches).

Several breed clubs held their championship and open shows in the Margaret Everton Pavillion in conjunction with Manchester, for example there were a double sets of CCs on offer for Basset Hounds and Bullmastiffs, significantly increasing their entry. 

From the moment of arrival at the show you feel welcomed instantly, the committee at the door telling you where your breed’s benching/ring is were friendly and particularly smiley (especially for the early mornings!). The atmosphere within the show was fabulous, everyone in good spirits at the first show of the year.

Plenty of supporting spectators around the breed and group rings cheering the winners, which is always nice to see. Plenty of new champions crowned each day and new winners too! 


As usual, the rings were immaculately presented, of a good size for each breed. A wide range of stakes classes were sponsored with generous prize money and rosettes. Rosettes were also on offer in all breeds for major awards: BOB, CC, Best Puppy and Best Veteran (dog and bitch).

Have a Go

Christina Chapman held her popular ‘Have a Go Dog Show’ and also a ‘Meet and Greet’ - both of which were well received by potential new exhibitors. The KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme Testing was on offer each day and the Kennel Club stand was also present again, placed at the bottom of the main ring. 

Spectator dogs were welcome at the show for a small fee which would then be donated to Guide Dogs For the Blind - the society also rounded the total donation to the charity up to £5000, to name a puppy, ‘Mannie’. The cheque was presented to Tom Mather in the BIS ring on the final day. But this wasn’t the only charitable fundraiser by the society, they also placed a collection box for the Australian Animal Project in the foyer where exhibitors could take spare/unwanted fabric which would then go towards making items for animals harmed during Australia’s ongoing wildfires. 


As a whole, the weather stayed fairly reasonable, though car parking proved to be a bit of an issue, with the ground being very wet at times, the showground staff made the decision to park all cars on hardstanding to avoid the vehicles having to be pulled off the grass. This was a sensible decision; however, it limited the area that was available meaning it took people longer than usual to find a space. Also beyond the society’s control were the traffic issues and roadworks on the M6, on certain days judging was delayed for 15 minutes to allow exhibitors to arrive in time for their classes.

The groups

Day one saw Working and Utility breeds judged. Topping the day with entries were French Bulldogs, pulling a great entry of 129 dogs making 138 entries for judge Lee Cox. The Working groups highest entry were Boxers, drawing an entry of 89 dogs for judge Angela Huxley.

 Day two saw the turn of Hounds and Pastoral breeds with Whippets topping the day with an entry of 188 dogs making 208 entries for Ann Snelgrove. Shetland Sheepdogs topped the Pastoral group with an entry of 119 dogs for Debbie Stansbury.

Saturday and Day three for Manchester show, Toys and Terrier Groups. Staffordshire Bull Terrier entry topped the day with an impressive 186 dogs entered for breed judges Laurie Ford and Mansel Frayne. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel topped the Toy group for highest entry with 138 dogs for husband and wife team Marilyn and Bryan Claydon.

Finally to Day four and Gundogs. Golden Retrievers topped the entry of the day and the show, with an attractive 270 dogs making 309 entries for Fiona Clarkson and Jose Doval.  

Several dogs were made up at the show, a great accomplishment for the owners and breeders involved. Other success news came from John Averis of Saredon who told Our Dogs, ‘At Manchester, our dogs won four Best of Breeds across the Terrier Group with our Airedale Terrier, Irish Terrier, Lakeland Terrier and Scottish Terrier. Could this be a first for a single kennel winning four Best of Breeds at one show across four breeds in the group?’ Huge Congratulations to team Saredon on this achievement.

 David Guy judged Best in Show and from the excellent line up David chose the Australian Shepherd Dog, as his Best in Show. ‘Mark’ with his co-owner and handler Melanie Raymond finished 2019 as Top Dog All Breeds with multiple CC, Best in Group and Best in Shows. Mark is owned by Kerry Kirtley, Dori Erdesz, John Shaw and Melanie Raymond. Reserve Best In Show was Whiting’s Cocker Spaniel  Sh Ch Annilann Miss Zing JW.

Mark Cocozza judged all four days, Puppy Groups and his final choice for Best Puppy in Show was Marie and Ann Burns West Highland White Terrier, Burneze I’m Still Standing. Reserve Best Puppy in Show was awarded to Mrs Hopkinson’s Labrador Retriever Rocheby Strings of Pearls.


Photos by Alan Seymour


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