We opened at 10am to grey, but dry skies, all the traders with their wonderful wares were set up and ready. From that point forward we saw happy people, happy children and most importantly happy hounds, some peeks of sunshine and a few very light spots or rain, just the perfect day.
Photos will follow … in the meantime what you all thought …
Results of our Greyhound, Lurcher & Other Sighthound Classes
|Class 1: Greyhound Dog - 9 years & over||Sue Gregory for Rory||Barry - owner Sheena|
|Class 2: Greyhound Bitch - 9 years & over||Paul and Debbie Russell for Ginger||Lady - owner Vincent|
|Class 3: Greyhound Dog - 7 & 8 years||Janice Marshall for Rosko and all Brandon dogs lost this year||Sam - owner Sarah|
|Class 4: Greyhound Bitch - 7 & 8 years||Derek and Maureen for our Ben||Bella - owner Maria|
|Class 5: Greyhound Dog - 5 & 6 years||Raymond King for Tiger, Cassie and Tolly||Jasper - owner Paul|
|Class 6: Greyhound Bitch - 5 & 6 years||The Small family for Anna and Indy||Juno - owner Anoushka|
|Class 7: Greyhound Dog - 4 years & under||Tina Gardner for Charlie and Jim||Devlin - owner Claire|
|Class 8: Greyhound Bitch - 4 years & under||Jenny Paine and Dave Harriss for Stylie||Shona - owner Caroline|
|Class 9: Lurcher Dog - Smooth hair||Liam & Kelly Stubbings in memory of Tuks||Milo - owner Jo|
|Class 10: Lurcher Bitch - Smooth hair||Juliette Steer for Purdy||Bella - owner June|
|Class 11: Lurcher Dog - Rough hair||Philip & Heather Parkes||Tiger - owner Peter|
|Class 12: Lurcher Bitch - Rough hair||Steve Shaw in memory of Magpie||Nelli - owner Carol|
This class is being dedicated to the memory of Jo Patmore, friend of Greyhound Walks and a tireless volunteer in the greyhound world who helped countless hounds find homes.
The awards will be presented by Liam Stubbings on behalf of Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue
|Class 13: Hounds Looking For Homes||Charlotte and David Corsham||Joker - Greyhound Trust Dunton|
|Class 14: Best In Show - Lurcher Dog||Debbie & Andrew Albins for Twig||Milo - owner Jo
(Reserve - Tiger - owner Peter)
|Class 15: Best In Show - Lurcher Bitch||Jan and Rob Tiffen for Buffy||Bella - owner June
(Reserve - Nellie - owner Carol)
|Class 16: Best In Show - Greyhound Dog||Janet and Dave Peacock for George||Jasper - owner Paul
(Reserve - Devlin - owner Claire)
|Class 17: Best In Show - Greyhound Bitch||Greyhound Walks Essex||Shona - owner Caroline
(Reserve - Bella - owner Maria)
|Class 18: Chelsea's Ambassador Cup||Dave & Janet Peacock||Joker - owner Sue from Essex walks|
|Class 19: All Other Sighthounds||Steve and Mandy Brown||Layla - owner Juliette|
|Class 20: Black Beauty||Debbie Albins for Button||Sprite & Thestral (joint 1st & 2nd) = owner Pennie|
|Class 21: Prince Charming||Steve and Mandy Brown for Rodger||Archie - owner Viv|
|Class 22: Prettiest Princess||Johnnie Hales for Lulu||Bella - owner Lauren|
|Class 23: Best Child & Hound||Pia Van Praagh for Stanley||Bella - owner Layla|
|Class 24: Best Dog Family||Graham Munting for Benny and Gemma||Barry & Miranda - owner Mark|
The aim of the Greyhound Walks Show has always been about enjoyment, fun and promoting the wonderful breed that is the greyhound and most importantly giving our walkers a good day out to say thank you for supporting us through the year. We hope we achieved that.
Finally a message from our Show Director Steve Brown …
What more can I say except Thank You !!!!
Thank you to all the volunteers that made the day run so smoothly.
Thank you to the judges for making those tough decisions.
Thank you to the MC for keeping us entertained all day.
Thank you to all the stall holders for bringing such lovely things to buy.
Thank you to everyone who came to support us.
Thank you to the Greyhound Walks committee for the hours they have put in preparing the show.
And the biggest thank you to the weather man for giving us such perfect weather for the show.
|Spring Lodge Veterinary Practice|
|Billericay Dog Training Centre|
|Greyhound Trust Suffolk|
|Greyhound Trust Dunton|
|Ibizan Hound Rescue|
|Castledon Greyhound Rescue|
|Romford Greyhound Owners Association|
|Kama's Cave Greyhound Sanctuary|
|Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue|
|Southern Lurcher Lifeline|
|Lily's Cafe - BBQ, Hot & Cold Drinks|
|Sweetie King - bags & bags & bags of sweeties!|
|The Mystery Ice Machine - you scream, we scream, we all scream for ice cream!|
|Waggy Tails Bakery|
|Angela's Kids Boutique|
|Greyt Hound Collars|
|Juliette Steer - 4 Legs Photography|
|Diamond Dogs & Annies|
|Blaze's Tasty Treats|
|Anglian Community Enterprise|
|Janet Peck - Dog Print Textiles & Goods|
|Essex Wildlife Trust|
This year as we have had such an extraordinarily hot summer we are taking steps to provide and allow as much shade as possible – we are designating an area for the erection of gazebos and shelters and we have an aircon van coming on site to assist any animal struggling.
We already allow ringside sun shelters and have people patrolling to make sure all is well.
We also provide bins of water to wet down towels etc to keep dogs cool and safe if it does get hot.
In our 10 year history we have been rained off (the country park turned into a swimming pool overnight) but have managed to manage hot weather conditions so whatever the weather we will be there to welcome you.
If you bring a gazebo or other large sun shelter one of our team will be along to ensure it is safe (as required by the country park) if you need any assistance please find one our hi-viz team members.