Chiswick House Dog Show 2009

Sunshine, crowds and 460 class entries make this year's event the 'best show yet'

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Last Sunday’s Chiswick House Gardens Dog Show has been deemed the best show yet according to the organisers.

It is estimated that over 1200 visitors enjoyed the show held on the cricket pitch area of the Gardens, basking in the sunshine and soaking up the atmosphere.

The show was opened by Councillor Paul Lynch, the Mayor of Hounslow, accompanied by his border collie, Meg.

A total of 460 class entries were made, the winners being:

  • Best Puppy under 12 months (dog) No.27
  • Best Puppy under 12 months (bitch) a pug (no 139)
  • Best Youngster 1-2 years (dog) Marly (281)
  • Best Youngster 1-2 years (bitch) Gracie (229)
  • Best Rescue Tess (46)
  • Handsomest Dog 2-4 years Rudi
  • Handsomest Dog 5+ Piper (224)
  • Prettiest Bitch 2-4 years Daisy (154)
  • Prettiest Bitch 5+ Bridie (395)
  • Best Veteran 9+ (dog) Eddie (118)
  • Top Hat & Tails Fancy Dress Queenie (122)
  • Best Young Handler Hector (410)
  • Best Trick Bambi (with Troy)
  • Doggy Dash speed trial Ninja
  • Best in Show Piper (224)
  • Reserve Best in Show Bridie (395)

Judges included designer Cath Kidston, actor James Dreyfuss, CHGT Project Director Sarah Finch-Crisp and Chiswick butcher Rodney Macken. Best in Show was judged by Anthony Young of the Young Veterinary Partnership, together with show sponsor Derek Fletcher of Edward d’Arc and George Nissen Chairman of Chiswick House Friends.

Rings were sponsored for the second year by CJ Hall veterinary surgeons of Acton Lane, and the new team at Southfields Grooming sponsored the programme. Fittingly, Best in Show winner Piper belongs to a regular Chiswick House Gardens volunteer.

Over 30 stallholders attended this year’s event, with local businesses such as Whisk Cooking Solutions, Top Hat, Plum Duff, Waitrose, Pampers, Emma Bridgewater, Howard Russell Solicitors, Pot Pourri, Wheelers, Elmwood Fencing, the Duke of Sussex, Annie’s and the Hole in the Wall providing prizes and sponsorship . Over 80 volunteers helped to make the show a success including the 20th Chiswick Scouts. Hounslow Council kindly provided the rosettes.

All surplus funds raised will go towards dog-related projects within the gardens. The Chair of the organising committee told, “We are thrilled that so many people came along and enjoyed the day with us. It is a great community event, accessible to everyone. Visitor and class entry numbers were both well up on last year. It is a vindication of eight months of planning by the committee and also confirms the importance of Chiswick House Gardens to the dog-walking community.”

September 29, 2009