Bone of contention

DOG showing has become a bone of contention between the Coffs Harbour Show Society and the Bonville Kennel Club.

The Coffs Harbour Show is on this weekend at Coffs Harbour Showground and so is a three-day championship dog show at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club but there are different opinions about whether the dog show is a Coffs show event or a completely separate affair.

Bonville Kennel Club dog show committee member Jenine Glenn is promoting the Three Day All Breeds Championship Dog Show as an off-site part of the annual agricultural show.

Yesterday Mrs Glenn clarified this by saying it applied only to the Saturday show day.

But Show Society president Christopher Pearson said a meeting of Coffs Harbour Show Society members unanimously moved and passed a motion last Monday stating the Show Society was not associated with the dog show.

Mrs Glenn, who is also a major sponsor of the dog show through her business Tarraray Pet Retreat at Bonville, said the Bonville Kennel Club was formed to assist and run the show’s dog show section in order to build up that section and the dog show was extended to three days.

She said since 2008 (the year the agricultural show was cancelled), the dog show had been conducted at the racing club because three rings were needed to run concurrently with a total area of more than 100 square metres, plus space for campers.

Coffs Harbour Show Society president Christopher Pearson said the Show Society licence with Dogs NSW, for which they paid a fee, was only for a one day dog show and he had not seen public liability insurance documents or a current three-day Dogs NSW licence for Bonville Kennel Club, which would allow them to operate under the Show Society umbrella.

“Otherwise our insurers have advised us we could be potentially liable (for any accidents at the dog show),” he said.

He said he would be happy to have the dog show at the showground and had offered Mrs Glenn the soccer field site but they were unable to provide 48 powered sites.

Mrs Glenn said she had all necessary licences and insurance cover and talks were under way to allow the dog section to return to the showgrounds in 2011.

Meanwhile this weekend the dogs will be at the Racing Club and the cats, horses, chooks, beef cattle, heavy horses and goats will be at the showground.

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