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Airedale Terrier Club of Canada (ATCC)
Eastern Canada Booster 2004

by Carole Kane
Regional Director, Atlantic Provinces

October 30, 2004 saw history in the making as the first ever National Airedale Terrier Booster was held in Eastern Canada, truly making us a National Club! And, it went off without a hitch.

A tip of the hat to the members of the The Island Dog Club who bent over backwards to accomodate us. Few show sites in Canada can compare to the Charlottetown, PEI venue with its large rings and well-lit separate grooming space. The Island Dog Club also hosts the very popular annual Atlantic Puppy Of The Year Awards, thus drawing many of the dog fanciers who might otherwise not attend. And, so with stage set, Airedales prancing and autumn leaves crunching under foot we were ready to make a little bit of Airedale history with our lovely breed.

To the spectators, the judge’s table left little doubt that something very special was about to happen. The table looked awesome with its rosettes, gift doggie bowls, and the Airedale Terrier Club Of Canada’s spectacular medallions.

Fortune seemed to smile on us in every way, we felt honoured to have the very capable and congenial Breeder/Judge John Ross (Tanyetta) as our judge for this special occasion. A nice touch was that Terriers were scheduled for 1:15 pm, with Airedales shown at the end to allow for a more leisurely judging of them, and our judge took full advantage by truly showcasing the breed, which was much appreciated by the spectators.

The Booster saw a grand entry of 10 Airedales with an even split of 5 class dogs and 5 Specials. The big winner of the day was Joan and Bill Clarke’s young dog Peter (Am/Can Ch Penaire North Star) who was Breeder/Owner handled by Joan to Best Of Breed. Peter then went on to win Best in Show, handled by Mark Wamback.

Best Of Opposite Sex was Ch Hollytroy’s On Breath Of Dawn (Emma), Breeder/Owner Carole Kane. Emma later went on to win the unofficial Best Bred By Exhibitor In Group in the regular show. Winners Male was Regalridge Dealer’s Choice, Breeder Lee Steeves and Ken Curren, Owner Dawn Tufts. Winners Female was Regalridge Amelia Airedale II, Breeder Lee Steeves and Ken Curren, Owner Linda MacQuarrie. Best Of Winners and Best Puppy was Regalridge Amelia Airedale II.

I think it’s safe to say that after a busy and exciting day turning back the clocks one hour that night was very much appreciated.

 

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