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    • By appleblossom
      LIST OF DOG SHOWS FOR 2021
      ( I WILL KEEP UPDATING AS I GET YOUR SHOW DATES IN)
      SUNDAY 21st MARCH 21
      NORTH WEST TERRIER /LURCHER/WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY AT BARRENTOP FARM DONEMANA CO TYRONE. 
      (FULL DETAILS LATER )
      SUNDAY 28TH MARCH 21
      IRISH ASSOCIATION OF WORKING DOGS DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY 
      ( FULL DETAILS LATER )
      SUNDAY 4th APRIL  21
      KILLURE WORKING TERRIER AND LURCHER CLUB DOG SHOW
      SUNDAY 18th APRIL 21
      LAOIS LURCHER/TERRIER AND WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY AT ABBEYLEIX
      (BRIAN GRADYS SHOW)
      SUNDAY 2nd  MAY 21 
      ROCKVIEW  HARRIERS ANNUAL WORKING TERRIER/LURCHER/HOUND SHOW AT SEVEN HOUSES , DANESFORT, CO KILKENNY. 
      ( FULL DETAILS LATER )
      SUNDAY 9th MAY 21
      DWTC ANNUAL DOG SHOW AND RACEDAY
      ( FULL DETAILS LATER )
      SUNDAY 20th JUNE 21
      KILKENNY FOXHOUNDS WORKING DOG SHOW AT THOMASTOWN, CO KILKENNY
      SATURDAY 26th JUNE 21
      IRISH GAME FAIR AND FINE FOOD FESTIVAL AT SHANES CASTLE, CO ANTRIM
      ( FULL DETAILS LATER)
      SUNDAY 27th JUNE 21
      IRISH GAME FAIR AND FINE FOOD FESTIVAL AT SHANES CASTLE, CO ANTRIM
      ( FULL DETAILS LATER )
      SUNDAY 4th JULY 21
      KILTROUGH LURCHER/TERRIER/AND WHIPPET CLUB DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY.
      ( FULL DETAILS LATER)
      SUNDAY 15TH AUGUST 21
      IRISH ASSOCIATION OF WORKING DOGS, DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY
      SATURDAY 28TH AUGUST 21
      IRISH GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR 
      ( FULL DETAILS LATER )
      SUNDAY  29TH  AUGUST 21
      IRISH GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR 
      (FULL DETAILS LATER )
       
      MARGARET Mc STAY
       
       
    • By appleblossom
      NEW DOG SHOW LIST FOR 2021
      It is with hope in my heart I am going to take Dates for our 2021 Dog Shows , Race days  and Game Fairs.  With only 3 Dog Shows taking place in 2020, we can only hope 2021 will be a better year for all of us. 
      I miss all my doggie friends, the banter and the craic, and cannot wait for the time we will all be back together again North and South of the border at the sport we all adore winter and summer.
      So lets try and look forward to better things to come in 2021 and pm me with your show dates. I have already got a few, which were pre booked from last year.
      Margaret Mc Stay
       
    • By appleblossom
      TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET CHARITY CHAMPIONSHIPS
      Aug222020 Competitions THE VIRTUAL GAME FAIR’S FIRST TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET CHARITY CHAMPIONSHIPS 
      ORGANISED BY MOURNE SPORT DOG CLUB
      SPONSORED BY SMYTHS COUNTRY SPORTS, THE IRISH COUNTRY SPORTS & COUNTRY LIFE MAGAZINE, MARWALSH & FEEDWELL. 
       
      This competition is NOW OPEN with the final date for entry 16thst October 2020.
      Champion & Reserve Chamption Lurcher Champion & Reserve Chamption Whippet Champion & Reserve Chamption Terrier The Champions and Reserve Champions in each category will all qualify for the  Five Nations Championships at Shanes Castle 27th June 2021 AND for the final of a new competition at Shanes Castle  where they meet the winners of the Gundog Show under gundog and working dog judges to compete to  be crowned the VGF All Ireland Working Dog Champion and win a substantial prize.
      ENTER
      Enter by emailing a good quality photograph of the dog in side profile, together with details, to countrysportsandcountrylife@btinternet.com
      Entry fee per dog £3 paid by Paypal to mournesportdogs@gmail.com
      When entries close photographs of dogs entered will be put up on Facebookand The Virtual Game Fair for two weeks for public voting. The five dogs with most votes in each breed will then be judged by a panel of judges.
      PRIZES
      BIS Barbour Coat plus Crystal Trophy
      Champions: Superb Vintage Trophies plus Feedwell Dog Food
      Reserve Champions: Engraved Hip Flask pus Feedwell Dog Food.
      Other prizes by Marwalsh/Dublin Leather
       
      Category: CompetitionsBy THE VIRTUAL GAME FAIRAugust 22, 2020  
       
    • By appleblossom
      The DWTC Dog Show and Race Day Sunday 23rdAugust 2020
      With the threat of Covid 19 wafting in the air and government restrictions at an all time high, the showing season for 2020 has been dreadfully short circuited with these terrible times. So it was fitting to go out on a high with the annual DWTC dog show and race day Sunday 23rd August. 
      It was a special treat in these dark days of Covid to hear again the laughter of children playing around the rings, the banter among sporting men and women, and above all the sound of barking dogs around the field.
      From early morning, Canine men and women, from North and South of the border began to arrive with their prized Canine crew in tow. Although the weather was not on our side, it did not hinder the yearly Canine excursions from all parts of the country to this now very popular annual show.
      As strict Covid 19 restrictions were in place, showing was held in the morning, with racing held in the afternoon. Rings were well spaced out, and all the good Canine folk politely adhered to the instruction laid down by the show organiser.
      There was a large turnout of Terriers, Lurchers, Whippets and Strong dogs. Davy Downey was there with his ferrets, and no doubt stirred up a lot of fun and excitement. Around the rings the atmosphere was electric with folk keeping in mind the importance to adhere to social distancing. 
      Time passes so quickly, and showing time was getting under way. The wee people were first to kick off. It was some what satisfying if not rewarding to see the smile of pride on these little faces as they lead their canine companions around the show ring. Well done to all. You were all winners on the day.
      **Here are the Overall Showing Results. Hope I got them right. **
      Puppies
       Overall Champion  Puppy 
      Cloe Mc Keown with Mick
       Whippets
       Overall Whippet Champion
      Janet Duke with Elliott
      Reserve
      Susanne Addis with Poppy
      Lurchers
      Overall Champion Lurcher
      Maurice Mc Dowell  with  Masfsa      ( Winner of the Billy Copeland Perpetual Cup)
       Reserve
      Rose with Rocky
      Terriers
      Overall Champion Terrier
      Thomas Coleman with Troy
       Reserve
      Aimee Agnew with Stubble (Winner of Danny O Neill Spade)
      Strong Dogs
      Overall Champion Strong Dog 
      Declan Owens with Prince 
      ( Winner of the Tony Lee Perpetual Shield )
      Bull Cross Champion
      Cayce O Hagan and JP O Hagan with Tyson. 
      ( Winners of the Darren Mackin Memorial Cup )
       ***Overall Show Champion and Best in Show went to: ***
      Thomas Coleman with Troy
      Racing Results
      Bull Cross  Champion
      Lee Brooks with Rolo
      Whippet Champion
      Susanne Addis with POPPY
      Puppy Race Champion
      Stephen Mc Grath with Jess
      Gary Farmer under 21 Perputal Champion
      Earl Gardiner with Bonnie
      Gary Farmer under 23 Perputal Champion
      Colin Mc Donald with Copper
      AP Canine Transport Hairy Dog Perputal Champion
      Edward Kane with Scooter
      Over 25 Champion 
      Michael Pardy with George
      Terrier Race Champion
      Pero, Handled by Neil Pinkerton and owned by Maurice Mc Dowell
      A Big Congratulations to all the winners, and also to every one who took part on the day. You are all winners in my eyes.
      And Finally, the day would not be complete without thanking the Judges. You all carried out your duties with effect and efficiency, and many thanks for that. 
      And Finally, Finally, I always leave the best to last. Yes Tom and Leanne Barry, Ethan, Morgan and back up team, you  are simply the best.  Through very difficult times you run your show with impeccable organisation, efficiency, and skill. 
      It was very evident a lot of preparation and hard work went on behind the scenes to make this show a success and a most enjoyable day for everyone. All events went without a hitch, and some very happy people went home with yet another nice trophy for their mantle piece. 
      Tom, we all had a very enjoyable day on Sunday, and although tinged with a little sadness with Covid 19 still around, that’s the show scene over for 2020. As Mr Fox will be back soon from his summer break, no doubt you will be going forward to pay him a visit.
      To we meet again hopefully in 2021, God Bless and Stay Safe.
      Margaret Mc Stay
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