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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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