Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Scotland

Kelso 2010

                                        Saturday 7th August - CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW & EVENING EVENT 
                                            Sunday 8th August - COMPANION DOG SHOW & FUN EVENT

                                                                       Held at Springwood Park, Kelso

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We always appreciate the feedback we receive after an event and copied below
are just some of the comments we received

From Bruce & Jean Hellingsworth
27 August 2010 11:37:13
Dear Committee
We would like to say a huge thankyou for a fabulous weekend once again.
It is a long journey for us but is made worth it by your famous hospitality and the fun that we have.
You make such a welcome for the carters and this is shown by how many turn up, the parade with Murray the piper always brings a tear to our eyes.
You scots certainly know how to put on an event and we look forward to next year, especially the fancy dress, its always a knockout.
From Rob Grimes
19 August 2010 15:12:18
Attended Kelso for the first time as competitors, great show, it was a year ago we attended as visitors hoping to find a berner. We now have two Fortonpark Bernese, in our book your show is special, well done and keep up the great work.
Regards Julia and Rob
From Linda Smith
17 August 2010 22:35:41
I have been to many Bernese events over the years but it was the first time me and my two Berns have been to the Kelso weekend. It certainly won't be the last. Many thanks to all concerned.
From Philippa, Mervyn, Chioe & Abbie Green
14 August 2010 19:58:46
Dear Agnes, George & all the BMDCOS Committee,
Thank you once again for hosting such a wonderful weekend and well worth the drive from Norfolk. We had a great time camping next to our friends the Brewers also from Norfolk, so much so that we stayed an extra night!
People wonder why this weekend attracts so many people well that's easy, the BMDCOS know how to have fun and put on a mega great event, they are so generous much more than all the other clubs, the welcome pack for us campers, extra prizes with the ring placings, fabulous thank you goodie bags for us carters and the great presents for the children in the fancy dress competition, it's no wonder that people want to travel the country to attend the weekend and that it's become a not to be missed weekend. If you've never been brave enough to drive to Kelso for the weekend then you don't know what your missing as it's by far the best Bernese event of the year and well worth the effort.
Can't wait until next year's weekend.
Thanking you all once again for all your hard work which is very much appreciated and for giving us all a great time.
Kind regards
Philippa, Mervyn, Chloe & Abbie Green 

From Naomi Thomson
12 August 2010 14:21:44
Dear committee
Just a quick note to thank you all for your kindness and effort at Kelso yet again, thank you for making us so welcome and look forward to repeating this next year xx
From Tom and Wendy Murray
11 August 2010 13:35:32
Hi George and Agnes,
Thank you once again for a great weekend and congratulations to yourselves and the rest of the committee for all your hard work. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the only disappointment is, we have to wait another year before we see you all again.
From Roy Toms
10 August 2010 19:09:25
Hi George, Agnes, and all the committee, I just wanted to say thanks for makeing :: what was allways going to
be a hard weekend for me:: Yet another GREAT KELSO and the best BMD event on the calendar
Thank you all, Roy
From Malcolm & Cathy Cochrane
10 August 2010 17:25:42
Another super weekend!
We had the best time and the dogs loved it.
A huge thanks to all involved and we are now looking forward to next year.
Cathy & Malcolm
From Colleen and Chris Jeffries
09 August 2010 11:45:58
Just to say well done for organising such a great event. The hard work you all put in clearly paid off. We had a wonderful time everyone was so helpful and friendly and the carting display was brilliant too. Give yourselves a big pat on the back for creating so many happy faces and waggy tails. 

This was printed on the Bernese Breed News website by Jude Simonds
13th August 2010
The BMD Club of Scotland held their Championship Show weekend at the usual venue Springwood Park, Kelso on 7th & 8th August. Club Secretary Agnes Wilson very kindly sent me a marked catalogue (Thanks Agnes, very much appreciated!). I also spoke to the Club Chairman George Wilson who told me how delighted the committee were that yet again, the "Scottish Club's Kelso Weekend" had been a huge success and had been very well supported with folk travelling from all over the UK to attend this most popular event. It is not only Bernese folk who make the pilgrimage to enjoy the competition, fun, spectacle and hospitality of this event, but quite a few non-Bernese owners too have made this a not-to-be-missed annual date on their calendar and the fact that apart from the dogs entered at the Championship Show there were another 67 dogs entered Not For Competition is testament to that.

Apart from some of the organising committee who had arrived at the venue the day before, the first of the campers (I believe it may have been Bruce and Jean Hellingsworth who had travelled all the way from Surrey!) arrived early on the Thursday morning and throughout the next few days George told me that a record number of campers had booked in - more than 70 more caravans, motorhomes and tents pitched up (quite literally) for the show. There had been some rain prior to the show but on Saturday the early morning rain cleared so that by the time the proceedings started it was rapidly drying up and the weather continued to be dry and continued to get warmer all day, and for Sunday too. The show was opened by the most impressive and colourful spectacle, a procession of 20 carts which involved the participation of 22 dogs, 20 adults and 1 child and was, as always, headed by Murray the Piper. (This Club holds the record for the number of carts ,27, to have participated in a procession at a UK Bernese event).

The judging took place outside in grassed rings and Anne Wells (Bernfold) was first to take centre ring for the Dog classes. Having drawn an entry of 55 with 7 absentees plus 1 exhibit withdrawn, Anne found her Dog CC (his first I believe) winner in Kate Scobie's 9 ½ year old Monalou First Class Mail. A litter brother to the Breed Record holder Ch Monalou Nelly Pledge JW, he was bred by Michelle Gurney and sired by Ch Glamrock Telegram Sam x Monalou Sensible Sybil. Later he went on the win the challenges for Best Veteran and also Reserve Best in Show. The Reserve Dog CC went to Griffiths & Orme's Jaybiem In Lieu who is a little short of 2 years old and bred by June Miles. Sired by Jaybiem Hedging Her Bets JW x Jaybiem Commen T'ally Vous, he is a litter brother to the recently crowned Jaybiem Innu Endo and also Jaybiem In Clement who won a CC at Working & Pastoral Breeds of Wales earlier this year. Best Dog Puppy was awarded to Robinson's 8 month old Elnside The Quest who was bred by Helen McAulay and sired by Ch Jaybiem Utwo x Elnside Lovely And Amazing.

It is quite an unusual achievement for a Veteran of a large breed to win a CC - even more so a first CC - but it isn't unique as a similar situation also occurred at the BMD Club of GB Championship show last September (2009) when Fenton Curley & Ann Keartland's 9 ½ year old Korinti Royal Rogue won his first CC under German judge Richard Schnur.

During the lunch break the Working Cart Group provided an informative cart-training demonstration which involved Bernese aged from 14 weeks to adulthood.

The afternoon saw Jane Keeves (Seveek) awarding CCs in Bernese for the first time and she had drawn an entry of 87 Bitches with 25 absentees.

The Bitch CC (her 2nd having won a CC at Blackpool a few weeks ago) went to Michelle Gurney's homebred, 2/12 year Monalou Little Miss Swiss who is sired by the recently crowned Ch Monalou Dutch Courage x Monalou Perfect Prudence. Later she went on to win the challenge for Best in Show. The Reserve Bitch CC was awarded to Tony and Pam Granger's recently crowned Ch Bernfold Back To Ziggy at Shadybower. Nearing 5 ½ years old she was bred by Anne Wells and sired by Ch Monalou Jess For Me at Bernfold x Bernfold High Five. Best Bitch Puppy went to Roy Toms' homebred, 11 month old Emberfay Moonglow. Sired by Aus/Am/Can Ch Zanzebern Defender x Emberfay Cest Si Bon she went on to be declared Best Puppy in Show. Congratulations. The judging concluded at around 5pm and when all the awards had been made the judges and stewards were presented with gifts.

The 'Bernie Bash' kicked off at 7.30 pm as almost 200 people came together and descended upon the extensive buffet! As the evening progressed there was plenty to entertain including an auction and a special raffle and the Fancy Dress competition which was well supported and provided much hilarity. The eventual winners were the Flintstone Family, complete with two children who were BOTH named "Bam Bam"! The evening drew to a close at midnight but many of the revellers stayed behind to help the committee clear the hall before everyone retired to their beds.

The Sunday dawned dry and bright and the days proceedings were once again opened by Murray the Piper followed by 23 carts in the procession. With over 300 entries for the Companion Show the judge Lorraine Ratter and the spectators had plenty to keep them occupied for a few hours. Elsewhere on the site Glynis Sawyer was judging the Carting Courses and there were plenty of competitors attempting each discipline level. The Obedience classes were well filled and judged by Andrew Kousourou and there were various other activities going on too such as the decorated Cart Class judged by Kate Scobie and the Junior handling judged by Wilma Reid.

The Working cart group also put on another training display which was as well received as the previous day's demo. The Club's well stocked Breed Stand did a roaring trade all weekend. At around 4pm the Piper and carts gathered to bring a close to the weekend and once again lots of folk rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to help the committee 'dismantle' the show. The committee work hard to provide their members and those who attend their Club events with lots of benefits which includes quite a few 'freebies' too (such as the campers' welcome packs at the weekend event and the free refreshments and Christmas presents for children and dogs at the annual Christmas Party etc) and it is clear that has been very much appreciated if the degree of loyalty shown to the Club and the ongoing popularity of the "Kelso Weekend" is anything to go by. The class results were uploaded to the Club's website as they became available whilst the show was still in progress and further reports, photos and updates will be posted there - visit 





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