If success is measured by the amount of fun everyone had, coupled with how quickly I lost my voice commentating, then the 2022 CoWS Dog Show was a winner.
New for this year, we introduced a “longest biscuit” competition which attracted many varied and skilful entrants. The dogs certainly liked the biscuit catching challenge, and with an overall winning distance of 9 metres their dexterity was evident for all to see. We’ll bring it back next year so there is plenty of time to get out in the garden and practice biscuit catching with your dog over the coming months.
The “gundog scurry” was also well supported with many entrants in both the professional and amateur classes. The amateur class proved to be a particular draw for the watching crowds as excited dogs ran amok, whilst both children and adults demonstrated their prowess of jumping the bales and retrieving the dummies. The most notable display of professional gundog skills was by owner Tracy Crowe and her wonderful black Labrador, Bramble, where Bramble completed a double dummy retrieve in a mightily impressive 16.84 seconds. Winner in this class for the second year running, we are certainly hoping to see Bramble and Tracy back next year to defend their title.
As for the “dog show” itself, both days proved to be crowd pleasers. The “Best Trick” class had the watching crowds in awe as choreographed routines were performed with dogs and owners in perfect harmony. There had certainly been some practice going on in lockdown as the standard keeps on getting better and better every year. Who needs to watch Britain’s Got Talent when the real skill is on display at the CoWS!!!
Our “Best Rescue” category included some real tear-jerking stories, and as for the “Cutest Puppies”, well they just keep getting cuter and cuter.
I need to call out some specific thanks-yous to the those that help make this event such a special part or our show. First of all, to our wonderful judges over the two days. Councillor Louise Pepper from Uttlesford District Council on Saturday, and then on the Sunday Jane and Katie from Writtle Agricultural College. The competitions were judged so well I need to get a good top-up of the rosettes for next year.
Secondly to our sponsors, 5M Books (specialist agricultural and farming books) and Moloney Veterinary Clinics (family business based locally in Great Dunmow and Takeley). Particular thanks must also go to Martha & Moose who were so very generous with their fantastic dog-treat prizes for the winning dogs in each category.
Thirdly, to my support team over the weekend. Hayley, Lizzie, Bryan, and Sarah who tirelessly work the registrations, administer the classes, and assist in the competitions, so that I can enjoy myself out front with all the wonderful dogs and owners. I simply couldn’t do it without all their help.
Last, but certainly not least, to all of you who came to watch and support us, With all the clapping and cheering it sounded like you all had a great time, I know we certainly did – thank you all and see you next year – Carl.