Iron Acton K9 Club
Iron Acton K9 Club is listed with the Kennel Club
. The club was formed by a group of friends living in Iron Acton, Frampton Cottrell, Rangeworthy and Yate who all enjoy training and working with their dogs. Initially we were a small group who met once a week in Iron Acton to do Flyball
. From that small start we evolved and increased our activities to include agility
, and gundog scurry
in Iron Acton. We formed another section to include obedience training
following the Kennel Club Good Citizens Scheme and basic Rally training
in Rangeworthy Village Hall.
Barking Good Summer Show July 2017
My sister Tara and I knew something exciting was going to happen when the field and garden behind our house were all spruced up and the fencing around our play area was fixed. Then the gazebos, tables and chairs came out and even better - the BBQ - this generally means lots of yummy sausages for us. Then lots of our doggy friends started to arrive and the fun could start.
It was a lovely sunny day but a bit warm for running about. Unfortunately, my age is beginning to show so I had to let Tara get hot and have most of the fun over the agility equipment, haybale scurry, flyball and gundog retrieve but I did manage a go on the dogstacle course. All our friends had a great time and some were thinking they might even win a rosette or two. But then Paul with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Lexie, arrived late - but just in time to have a go at all the events. Lexie is a lovely girl and so very nearly a gundog, but she upset the applecart by being quicker on the agility course, flyball and haybale scurry than anyone else - despite being another golden oldie - so she won lots of red rosettes. Tara surprised us all by winning the gundog retrieve so Lexie didn’t quite make it a clean sweep although she did win the overall Activity Champion rosette.
Next was the best bit – the food. Lots of lovely burgers, chicken, sausages – I helped my dad, Martin, and Tris Harper Bill with the cooking – picking up any bits that fell on the ground - plus I helped clean up any leftovers from plates – just as well we had already done the running about bit.
Finally everyone was fed and watered and we could start the novelty show. There were some lovely puppies, lots of older dogs in very good condition, some very handsome boys and pretty girls, not to mention waggy tails. Tara and I had a go at the best brace but Daphne and Daisy were definitely the best – looking as if butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths and paying attention to Louise – they looked as if they knew what this show business is all about. Our friend Harry is a lovely black flat coat retriever and with his handler Ros deserved to win the rosette for Best in Show. Purdey, Karen’s Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, was handled by Lucy and her sister Megan for the day and won most appealing eyes with Lucy and was also Reserve Best in Show.
Letti with Diana won the red rosette for winning the Dogstacle course but I’m very happy to report I came second – not bad for an old girl.
Thanks to Gilly Otlet and Andy Stoneman who came along and took some photos of our lovely day, these are on our facebook page together with all the results. The winners of the novelty classes were:-
Best Junior - Ted with Helen, Best Young Adult - Harry with Ros, Best Mature Adult - Remy with Meryl, Handsomest Dog - Theodore with Abbie, Prettiest Bitch - Dolly with Mary, Waggiest Tail - Kylo with Linda, Most Appealing Eyes - Purdey with Lucy, Best Condition all Ages - Ted with Helen, Best Brace - Daphne & Doris with Louise, Dog the Judge would like to take home - Jasper with Lucy.
The day was great fun and raised £150 for the Seizure Alert Dogs charity. Thank you to everyone who came along and helped us to have fun and especially those who helped organise, judge and feed us, especially Gill Chapman who had the thankless task of judging the Novelty classes.
Tummy rubs all round.
News Report May 2017
May Day Fun and Games
We all had a lovely day at Iron Acton May Day. The weather was kind to us - lovely and sunny, only raining at the end of the afternoon as we were starting to pack away. Lots of our dogs and handlers took part in an obedience and agility display in the ring on the green. Things went mostly to plan but a few mishaps added to the entertainment. I think the crowd enjoyed our display – particularly Paul Hampson with his staffie Lexie who managed to rugby tackle Karen to the ground from behind!!! We all enjoyed working together. We spent most of the day in the Parish Meadows doing flyball and a fun dogstacle course. Emma Cook with Remy were the winners of the flyball competition beating Paul and Lexie into second place by 0.3 seconds. We raised £50 which will be passed on to Dogs for Good to help train Seizure Alert Dogs.
Obedience training on Mondays at Rangeworthy Village Hall is well supported. Recent Puppy successes were Jennifer Ellard with Hugo, Tarryn Auld with Kumba, Neil Dyer with Treasure, Heather Sellick with Alfie, Sue Hart with Berry, Rob McKean with Mia, Vicky Dyer with Millie, Dave Hockey with Bandit, Charlotte Walker with Rosco, Mark Teulon with Archie and Christine Rogers with Ziggy.
Bronze successes were Louise Drew Morgan with Daphne, Ann Weaver with Daisy, and Becky Stevenson with Prince. Silver passes were Mark Brookes with Seve, Ella Starr with Travis, Barbara Broom with Lola, and Lyn Smith with Mitzi. Good work everyone. Gold assessments are planned for May and June.
Club class is now held on Tuesday evenings when the handlers and dogs work on fun exercises and tricks to develop their skills and working partnerships. Activity members have been meeting on Sunday afternoons to enjoy agility training, hay bale scurry, flyball and dummy retrieves. We have lots of fun and our dogs all enjoy the exercise and socialisation.
For more information contact:
Kennel Club CGCDS Training:
Karen: 01454 228891
Sue: 01454 228803
Jan: 0117 971 9277
Trevor: 01454 775501
Agility / Flyball / Gundogs:
Karen: 01454 228891
Louise: 01454 227224
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Membership Fee: £6
Obedience class fee: £4
Puppy Course: 6 weeks £30
Foundation Course: 6 weeks £30
Activity Class Fee: £4