The Portuguese Podengo Club of Great Britain held its first online Breed Appreciation Day on Sunday 31st October.
Around 30 people attended the Zoom seminar, most of whom took the Multiple Choice Exam that followed shortly afterwards. The seminar was presented by the Club’s President, Jeff Horswell, who was also recently been appointed the BEC for Podengos. We are indebted to him for sharing his knowledge and practical experience of Podengos and judging. He gave a very interesting talk which was well received and accompanied by lots of examples covering separate sections of the breed standard showing both correct and incorrect points. It is so useful to see good as well as bad examples of the breed – made all the easier as the faulty dogs do not have to be there on the day (always awkward). There was plenty of opportunity for participants to ask questions both during and after the presentation.
Given the awful weather for many of us this weekend, it was doubly appreciated that no one had to leave the comfort of their own home – not to mention the cost saving in fuel and time!
Being held on 31st October, Halloween, we had to contend with the ghouls and spirits on the day as a power cut hit just moments before the start time.
Technology and power issues permitting, this is a really useful way of spreading the word about our wonderful breed, educating current and prospective owners and producing the judges of the future.
The Club is pleased, and honoured, to announce the appointment of Mr. Jeff Horswell as its Breed Education Coordinator, a decision recently ratified by the Kennel Club.
Jeff needs no introduction to members of the canine community, he is currently head of the Kennel Club's Judges Education Programme.
We are glad to be able to draw on Jeff's vast knowledge and experience in support of the Breed Appreciation Day on October the 31st (see below).
The Club is pleased to announce that we will be holding a Breed Appreciation Day on Sunday 31st October, 2021.
The Kennel Club requires all affiliated clubs to hold a Breed Appreciation Day (“BAD”) every two years. The purpose of the day is to educate individuals interested in the breed, whether they are exhibitors, breeders or aspiring judges. Anyone can attend and it’s an opportunity to learn about the breed or just refresh your knowledge. For people who have already set out on the path to being a qualified judge, and only for these people, there is also a test that forms part of the KC’s structured Judges Education Programme.
The day comprises a talk from a breed expert(s) which is usually done on an interactive basis along with practical demonstrations using dogs to illustrate the points. For this occasion, our President, Jeff Horswell, has agreed to give the talk and he will be joined by a guest judge from Portugal. Judges attending the BAD then have a separate mentoring session and sit their exam.
BADs are normally done in person but due to COVID, the Kennel Club is allowing clubs to hold them as a webinar. Whilst things should be getting back to normal by then, we’re being cautious and opting for the online platform, holding it on Sunday 31st October, 2021. The cost for the talk only is £4 (Club members) or £5 (non-members) and for the talk and test is £7 (members) or £8 (non-members).
It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the breed and anyone interested in attending should contact the organiser, Wendy Mooney (firstname.lastname@example.org). It can also be booked through the Kennel Club website; please follow this link, scroll down to the event and click on Wendy’s name or use the contact number:
The entries have been submitted - all 268 of them! - and the judges are working their way through them. We're now pleased to announce the results. Click on the link opposite to go to the Facebook page we created for the show and you can see all the pictures of the entries. You can also visit the 'Club Show' page to see a gallery of the winners.
Many, many thanks to everyone who entered and to all the helpers and, of course, the judges for making this such a successful and fun event.
Following the AGM on 13th June, 2021, the Club is pleased to confirm that a new team of Officers and Committee Members has been duly elected. Consisting of some familiar and some new faces, this team will continue the recent work to re-invigorate the Club, promote the breed and hold events for the enjoyment and benefit of all members. A full list of the Officers and Committee is available on the ‘Club’ page (click on the image).
Decided at the discretion of the Committee, the Club is also delighted to announce that Jeff Horswell has accepted the position of President, having previously been one of our 5 Vice Presidents. Jeff has been a long-term supporter of the breed and has provided guidance and help to the Club over many years. At the same time, Pat Johnson, who recently moved from Chair to Vice Chair, has been offered and accepted a position as Vice President. The Club would like to put on record its thanks to Pat for many years of service as an officer and for contributing so much to the growth of the Club.
Finally, the Club would like to thank all its members for their continued support. During the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have stepped up activities like the newsletter, the Facebook page and the instagram account. As we come out of it, we plan to put on some ‘real world’ activities and make this one the of the UK’s premier dog clubs!
The Club has launched a Virtual Portuguese Podengo Show, open to both members and non-members. Full details are available on the Facebook site we're hosting it at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2920525888225283
Due to the ongoing issues around how and when the country will come out of lockdown, we have decided to cancel the 2021 Club Show.
It is highly unlikely that we would be able to run the show without major restrictions, if at all, by April. Trying to re-arrange it for later in the year is still subject to many uncertainties so we have decided to cancel the event all together and focus on arranging the next show in April 2022.
It is very unfortunate that we, as well as many other dog clubs, have had to take this decision. However, the health and safety of all attendees is our upmost priority and in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, our show is insignificant compared to the loss and damage the pandemic has caused.
In the meantime, the Officers and Committee of the PPCGB would like to wish everyone the very best and hope that you and your families remain safe. And please remember: hands - face - space.
The organisers of the annual 'Our Dogs' competition have announced that it would not be appropriate to award Top Breeder, Top Dog, Top Puppy, Top Stud Dog or Top Brood Bitch for 2020 when so few of the scheduled events had taken place. However, they have published the league tables and, for info, we've listed the leaders up to the point where showing stopped. Pictured is young Mac. The tables can be found on the 'Our Dogs' web site: https://www.ourdogs.co.uk/subindex/home.php
Dog: Stormwitch Macadamia At Rioccajen (Jenny Wedge)
Puppy (tie): Plushcourt No Bluffing (Betty Judge) & Plushcourt Bravehearted (Loretta Haines)
Breeder: Stormwitch (Diana Curtis)
Brood Bitch: Multi Ch Arranbourne Delicia At Stormwitch (Diana Curtis)
Stud Dog: Pomar Do Vale Do Cutileiro Do Caldermist (Angela Pedder)