Minehead: officially above water once again.

28/07/2010 at 20:01 4 comments

Last summer’s Minehead Open show was notable principally for the torrential rain and subsequent flooding that swept the show-ground, marquees and show rings. As vehicles were towed out of the showground one-by-one by a convoy of tractors, we assumed the entire area would probably sink, Atlantis-like, beneath the ever deepening sea of mud and water.

But no. Twelve months later the scene was very different and watched over by the magnificent Dunster Castle we dog-folks enjoyed what in the words of the song proved to be a: “Bright (bright) Bright (bright) sunshine-y daa-a-aay.”

Both of our beasts were out in action today. Mingus, though, was by no means at his best in a 10-strong NSC Graduate class, and, for the first time,  failed to get placed, which was not a great surprise.

Phoenix, on the other hand, showed really nicely and was rewarded with 1st NSC Open and then Best NSC Gundog. She was also pulled-out & short-listed for Best Gundog in Show, for only the second time in her show career. Sterling work from Team Belatarr….

Steely focus from Phoenix & handler in the Gundog Group challenge, whilst fuzz-headed aliens noisily erect their chairs approx. two feet away.

This extra ring-time also allowed us to park Junior back in the “Belatarr Touring Motorhome”, enabling one of our crack-team of in-house photographers to nip back and take some pics of Phoenix in action.

One of our team principles also entered into a lively debate with our good friend Sam from Farlap Photography about the merits of using a remote-control device to correct future Belatarr handler errors. A bit like flying a model plane or performing key-hole surgery perhaps?

Entry filed under: Belatarr, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Mingus, Observations, Phoenix, Shows, weather. Tags: , , , , , , .

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. An Operative  |  28/07/2010 at 20:45

    We were actually positing that the use of an earpiece and microphone could be used to robotically position you both, thus giving a perfect stand every time….

  • 2. sam  |  29/07/2010 at 18:40

    i was thinking more like the Formula one teams who have a “man on the outside” offering sugestions….

    • 3. Phoenix  |  29/07/2010 at 22:31

      The sooner the better, I say!!

  • 4. Karen  |  30/07/2010 at 12:06

    I’m sorry I didn’t stay to watch now…


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