Pedigreed pets to face the judges on Australia Day weekend
PEDIGREED dogs from dozens of different breeds will gather in front of the judges later this month for the Coffs Coast district's largest annual championship dog show.
The three-day event on January 24-26 will, in fact, be made up of four different dog shows featuring three judges from Victoria and one from NSW, with only registered dogs eligible to compete.
The show will be held at the Coramba Recreation Reserve for the second year and will be hosted by two local clubs, Coffs Harbour All Breeds Kennel Club Inc and Dorrigo and District Kennel Club Inc.
The show is expected to attract hundreds of dogs, plus their owners and breeders, many of whom will camp on the sports ground.
There will be one show on Saturday and Monday and two shows on Sunday, one in the morning and the second in the afternoon
One of the show's organisers, Annette Johnson from the Dorrigo and District Kennel Club, said members of the public were welcome to attend all the shows, particularly people interested in a particular breed of dog, as all entrants would be purebred dogs which were registered with Dogs NSW, Dogs Queensland or another state registry.
Judging begins at 8am each day with the youngest dogs.
Each show progresses to selecting the winners of eight different age groupings: best of breed, best of group within seven different groupings, covering toy dogs, terriers, hounds, gun dogs, working dogs, utility and non-sporting dogs and, finally, best dog in show and a runner-up.
With four judges, four rings will be operating during each show.
"It is still being promoted and entries are still coming in," Mrs Johnson said.
"We are hoping for in excess of 350 dogs in each show.
"It is such a glorious area. The amenities are fantastic and I can't say enough about the (Coramba) Progress Association and the (Axemen) football club, whose members are doing the catering," Mrs Johnson said.
Mrs Johnson said although there had been a lot of rumours going around last year and numbers had been down, she wanted everyone to understand they had to abide by council rulings; they had asked for council permission and the income from the event helped the progress association to maintain the grounds and promoted Coramba.
She said organisers had a flood plan in place in case of heavy rain, and no owners of valuable registered dogs, some of which were worth thousands of dollars, would dream of taking them into the bushland reserve, which was more likely to be at risk from local dogs.