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Le Weekend is coming!
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015 – a change of date!
In our January 2015 ‘e-Britts’ we reported the sad loss of Catthorpe Manor as the venue for our flagship event “Le Weekend”. For those of you who have never enjoyed this experience it is an unmissable two days which combine the working and show sides of the Brittany.
We also told you that we had found a new venue at Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse, and enclosed pictures to whet your appetite. However the great drawback of this venue is that it lacks on-site accommodation. Our Saturday evening Club Dinner is central to the social side of the event and we agonised about losing this chance to mix and mingle.
At the last minute Committee Member, Gill Tully, sourced an alternative and we decided to investigate it as quickly.
This is Riseholme College, which is just outside the City of Lincoln, and offers all the facilities we need. After re-arranging dates, judges and Kennel Club Licences we can now introduce you to your new venue and hopefully our home for many years to come.
Riseholme is an agricultural college with extensive grounds for our outdoor activities.
Just part of the mixed pasture and woodland the College offers.
As we always have a lot of opportunities for the less-disiplined dog to receive training in all sorts of skills, Riseholme also has a totally secure area (an agility field for the staff’s dogs). This gives everybody the chance to “have a go” in the knowledge that their pet is safe and secure.
The show and indoor demos are housed in a suite of 3 connecting rooms in the college.
But what about you? where will you eat and sleep?
Riseholme has blocks of modern student accommodation.
What will we being doing?
The Saturday is given over to the working side of the Brittany. If you are a first-time owner do not be shy about bringing your excitable, uncontrollable maniac out in public. Everybody understands, some will be going through it as well, and there are lots of experienced members to introduce you to a variety of different activities. They will help you achieve a surprising amount because they have been there!
The centrepiece of the day is the TAN (Test d’Aptitudes Naturels), which is a great introduction to the working side of things. Any dog can have a go, even if its experience to date has been chasing pigeons in the park. Yours may surprise you with hidden talents.
There will also be sessions throughout the day on general behaviour, basic obedience, retrieving (including water retrieves for which you will need dog towels and probably people towels as well). We will have an easy agility course and the chance to get instruction on the basics of this sport. It is a good outlet for the urban Britt’s energy and develops a response to the handler.
Then we have fun events like a timed stay (which rarely takes long!!!), a scurry and a retrieve competition.
Indoors there will be a grooming and showing demonstration. We have a splendid photographer in attendance who will take shots of your dog, and you can watch them back on a monitor before deciding which you want.
And of course information stands and raffles.
So plan your visit and enter your dog for the various activities (it’s really cheap) and for the show on the Sunday. We are a Club so come and enjoy time with like-minded people. Entry forms, and booking forms for accommodation and food are being sent to you separately. If you breed Brittanys why not copy this information to your puppy purchasers. They will be more than welcome into the Brittany family.