This traditional and popular show has got its name from an old song. Kotka is a harbour city on the southeastern coast of Finland. The song tells about a sailor who meets a girl in a saloon and asks her to dance with him.
The Bournemouth Canine Association committee and helpers had their steel tested this year, with winds of up to 60 mph zipping through Dorset the night prior to the show, and were then subsequently plagued by incredibly strong winds throughout day one.
The traditional Kuopio August show was this time only a one two-day international show. Every second year it is a three-day cluster with three different shows, called the Sawo Shows. Savo is the name of the county.
THIS SHOW is always a favourite show with Gundog exhibitors, and this year did not disappoint. Chris Bexon, Honorary Secretary for the last 22 years, ably assisted by his wife told me: ‘The secret of it is, a good team of people who want to work together for one aim.’
With lots of pride, Mr Boclinville, the President of the club Syndicat d’Elevage Canin de Liège, told me that he had a record entry this year. I was somewhat suspicious as this was a double show and Committees used to count up the entries of both shows in order to make it look more successful.
As I approached the showground in the heart of the Malvern hills, I couldn’t help but think that this is just the perfect place to host such a show, with both Working and Pastoral breeds, seen in action for many to see and enjoy.