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BURNS DOG DAYS OUT AT PEMBREY COUNTRY PARK, WALES

Four Dalmatians put on a display to canine crowds in the beautiful setting of Pembrey Country Park in South Wales where one of our stalwart sponsors put on an exciting day out for dogs. Once again, some BCDS members in the West country turned out with their carriage dogs to put on a display to watching crowds. All the proceeds from the event went to charity.

Avril Pluck drives Louis with Harry grooming and Spinner behind.
The dogs all demonstrate the stay exercise in the ring.

DALMATIANS THROUGH THE AGES – HAND EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, SOMERSET

Six Dalmatians, including three Gold Carriage Dogs, displayed the companion and guard role of Dalmatians over the years and went on to display some of the modern Carriage Dog Trial work.

1900 Jane Friend with Gold Carriage Dog Merlot in attendance drives Rosie in her governess cart.
1950 Tiff and Nanny Anya with their coach built pram and Lucca attending and protecting!
Today Sophy White drives Harry with her family aboard their wagonette with modern working Dalmatians Dizney and Jezzy.
Trials Tim Stafford backsteps on Jane Friend’s modern vehicle with Gold Carriage Dog Todd working behind to demonstrate groom handling.
Trials Avril Pluck drives Louis with Carriage Dog Champion Spinner behind deomnstrating whip handling.

PAWS IN THE PARK 2009, THE HOP FARM PADDOCK WOOD, KENT

PAWS IN THE PARK 2009, THE HOP FARM PADDOCK WOOD, KENT

At Paws in the Park the Dashing Dalmatian team, which includes a good smattering of carriage dogs, put on a lovely display of synchronised obedience in time to some hugely popular Abba tracks. This display was followed by some British Carriage Dog Society members and their carriage dogs at work. The Society’s marquee was busy all on both days, with visitors interested in the collection of pictures – historic and modern – of working Dalmatians. We ran our ‘spot your own dog’ competition for the children which attracted lots of entries and a beautiful collection of spotty dog pictures at the end of each day. The winners were Georgina and Charlie whose winning pictures are shown below.

To see video clips of the routines, click on these links – remember to ‘shift click’ for a new page Paws in the Park Routine 1 Paws in the Park Routine 2

Splash behind Miranda Purves’ Bennington carriage passing Fenris and Freya (left) with Anne Dickens driving Parker at the Paws in the Park carriage dog display 2009.
The Dashing Dalmatians line up in one of the routines to music from Abba.
The Dashing Dalmatians in a perfect circle.
Fenris and Freya work behind spotty Parker’s little 2-wheeler driven by Anne Dickens with Freya’s owner Anna Gambles in the groom’s spot.
Miranda Purves drives Addy with her groom Natalie Jenner and Splash behind.
Gail Cotterill’s Skittle works with Sue Steven’s skewbald trotter Jacko.
Diana Burford drives Juno for Colin Healey’s Rory to run behind.
Some of the team at the end of a long weekend.
Freya Bailey (aged 8) watched the Carriage Dog display and heard from the commentary that one of the carriage dogs was also called Freya. So she wanted to meet the other Freya. Here are the two Freyas by Freya’s carriage!

Carriage Dogs display at Working Horse Trust Open Day

Ali Rummey rides Montana with her Silver Road Dogs Domino and Demi displaying in front of appreciative crowds at the Working Horse Trust Summer Open Day in July in Kent.
Gail Cotteril runs Skittle and Mike Cleland runs Fenris behind Anne Dickens’ Percheron Nobel.

LONDON HARNESS HORSE PARADE EASTER MONDAY 2009, SOUTH OF ENGLAND SHOW GROUND, ARDINGLY, SUSSEX

The first outing for The Society and for Anne Dickens’ Nobel du Desir at the 100 year old London Harness Horse Parade. Nobel is an 18hh French bred Percheron and trotting happily behind bringing smiles to the faces of all the spectators (and judges!) were Anne’s Munin and Fenris and Anna Gambles’ Freya. Also grooming was Gail Cotteril and Crosbie Fitch came along for the ride (and was an admirable horse handler with a very excited Nobel). For more photos from the 2009 Parade click here]]

Anne Dickens drives Percheron Nobel du Desir …
… with Munin, Fenris and Freya behind at the London Harness Horse Parade.

HEREFORD CARRIAGE DRIVING GROUP SPRING SHOW 2009 – CARRIAGE DOG CLASS RESULTS

Avril Pluck and Spin at the 2009 Hereford Driving Group Spring Show.
Jane Friend and Merlot.
Lester Dagge and Buttons.
PLACEDOGDRIVERGROOM 
1stSpinAvril Pluck*
2ndMerlotHelen MannsJane Friend*
NFCButtonsEmily HamLester Dagge*
*Dog handlers

KENT BDS SHOW CARRIAGE DOG CLASS 2009

Won by Mianda Purves driving a pair of her Fells, Marmite and Charlie, to a Bennington carriage with Splash running behind.

BRITISH DALMATIAN WELFARE FUN DAY JUNE 2009 – THE DASHING DALMATIAN TEAM STRUT THEIR STUFF

Walking the curve.
Sitting the circle.
Lining up.
Doing the spin.

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