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BCC OPEN SHOW 2024 entries close 17th April (post) or 24th April (online)
Schedules are now available for our 2024 Open Show, to be held at Brackley Leisure Centre in Northants on Sunday 12th May.  Our Smoothcoat judge this year is Vivian Silverstein (Silverchis) while Longcoats will be judged by Denise Hurst (Dejacqueray). Lynda Soper (Leander) will judge Best in Show. Along with the usual classes, for the first time we are able to include Baby Puppy classes for dogs and bitches in each coat. These are regular breed classes, but winners will not be able to challenge for further awards such as Best of Breed.

2024 AGM The club will hold its Annual General Meeting during the mid-day interval and all Members are invited to attend. Nominations for the offices of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, and the Committee of eight for the ensuing year, together with any items for the Agenda, must be submitted to the Honorary Secretary not later than the 15th March. The nominee's written consent to take office, if elected, must also be submitted by this date. The proposer, seconder and nominee must all be fully paid up members of the British Chihuahua Club.

Due to the ongoing problems with catering facilities at the show, instead of offering food for sale we invite exhibitors to bring a contribution to a shared cold buffet. Free hot drinks will be provided.

Further details, schedule and online entry can be found on Fosse Data. If you particularly need a printed schedule you can obtain one on request from Bernard Coxhead, our Hon Treasurer.

The British Chihuahua Club Championship Show was held on Sunday 19th November at Brackley Leisure Centre in Northamptonshire.  Our judges were Mrs Diane Fothergill (Diamonchi) for smoothcoats and Mr Tony Allcock OBE (Sleepyhollow) for longs, with Mrs Hazel Senior as BIS judge.  Best in show was Irene Peeker's MultiCH Bramver's Millionaire and Reserve was Beverley Sutton's smoothcoat Ch Nikitos Notwhitebutivory. Best Puppy in Show went to Sharon Robson's Tidos Honey Pot, while Shih-Chi Facey's Ch Copymear Calendar Boy returned to take Best Veteran.

As well as the usual classes, there was a new annual AV Stakes class for puppies of both coats and sexes named the Ballybroke Stakes to commemorate the late great Mr & Mrs Graham and Margaret Foote, who both contributed so much to our club.  The family sponsored the class with a £50 cash first prize, which was awarded on this inaugural occasion by their daughter and well-known judge Miss Alison Foote to Mr Steve Rooney and his smoothcoat dog puppy Yorone Two Can Play That Game.

Our 2023 Open Show was held at Brackley Leisure Centre in Northants on Sunday 14th May.  Pat Lewis judged smoothcoats and Saoirse McKenna the longs, with Vicky Osborne judging Best in Show.  There was a fairly good entry and these were the principal winners:

BISCopymear Reign On My Parade with Yorone (s/c) Mr SJ Rooney
RBISJorazan Quincy Quirky Sox (s/c) Mr P & Mrs A Halls
BPISTorre Del Pilar Sandman at Casiatodo (l/c) Miss E Hicks
BVISReynoldco Sweet Dreams (l/c) Mr C Craggs

Our Annual General Meeting was held during the show's mid-day break.  Mrs Pam Bungard having come to the end of her three-year term as President of the club, Mrs Beverley Sutton was welcomed as our new President.  The committee were all re-elected unopposed, with Emma Huntley continuing as Chair, Neil Smith Vice-Chair, Pauline Lodwick as Hon Secretary and Bernard Coxhead as Hon Treasurer.  Since then new committee members Hayley Martinho and Chloe Holmes have been co-opted onto the committee and Neil Smith has resigned,leaving us with two vacancies to fill.

After the club AGM, that of the British Chihuahua Club Rescue Association followed.  The existing committee were re-elected unopposed.  A vote was held on a proposal to make two changes to the charity's governing constitution, which was carried unanimously.

There was a minute's silence for the late Graham Foote at the Chihuahua rings at the start of judging, which then proceeded with Aimi Davies judging the smoothcoats and Francesco Cocchetti the longs. Best of Breed in longcoats (pictured) was Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Champion 'Bramver's Millionaire', owned and shown by Mrs Irene Peeker.  He went on to take 3rd in the Toy Group under Dr A Paloheimo Segersven.  Smoothcoat Best of Breed was Mary-Kate Mann's Ch Parisland Pans Little Man at Manchino.  The other CCs went to the longcoat French champion Pitch Perfect De L'isle Au Vert Coteau (her third)and Arkoschi Diamond In The Ruff (a smoothcoat).

As usual it was a wonderful experience to be at Crufts and see all the familiar faces and new friends too.  The club stand at ringside was more glamorous than usual thanks to the decorative efforts of Louise Dee, and did a busy trade in yearbooks, commemorative mugs, beautiful and glitzy Chihuahua ring clips and brooches amongst other items, raising a useful amount for club funds.

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