The Spring Bank Holiday was certainly a red letter day for the English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan) Society who marked the end of their 1st year of formation by staging a Companion Dog Show in support of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. This charity provides urgent medical assistance to people in south western counties, and its two helicopters enable them to reach emergency scenes - often inaccessible by road - within minutes and save hundreds of lives per year. The show was well attended by local exhibitors and by Society members, some travelling over 200 miles to support the event . As a result the Society has been pleased to be able to hand over a cheque for £210.00 to the Trust to help, in some small part at least, to keep its helicopters flying.
Judging had been planned to take place outside in the grassed area of Bridestowe Parish Hall in Devon, with its scenic backdrop of the Dartmoor Tors, with the fall-back situation of going inside in the case of rain. As it turned out the day was the hottest on record for a Bank Holiday so the indoor shelter was the preferred option anyway.
The show was opened by Society President, Roy Wilson, who introduced the well known south-west based judge, Mr Ken Jessup, from Plymouth. Ken awards CCs in four breeds and had a total of 109 entries to go over in Pedigree and Fun classes. There was a strong showing of black & tans but his BIS from the Pedigree classes was an Airedale Terrier.
Sharon Adams, the Society's Chairman, had a long day as in addition to being the Show Organiser also stewarded. Husband Malcolm and their daughter Harriet, provided exhibitors with bacon baps, drinks and a variety of cakes and puddings. All in all it was a very enjoyable and worthwhile day for all concerned, and the Society intends to promote various events in the future to benefit worthwhile causes.