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Le Weekend 2022 – 16-17 July 2022


Le Weekend is the club’s annual get together where members from all over the UK gather to take part in the championship show and working and activity day. The weekend is friendly and informal. You can attend either or both days and join in and take part in as much or as little as you want to. There are trophies and prizes up for grabs on both days and the chance to meet other like-minded Brittany enthusiasts.

Everyone is welcome and dogs do not have to be KC registered to take part in the activity day competitions and events – in fact they don’t have to be Brittany’s – other breeds owned by members are welcome to take part in Le Weekend.

We hope to welcome you back if you were at Le Weekend 2021. If you have not attended before, why not make it this year for the first time?

We look forward to seeing you there.



The Pitsford Coffee Shop will be open from 8:30am – 4pm daily for refreshments including:

  • Hot drinks
  • Cold drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Cold lunches
  • Hot lunches
  • Snacks
  • Confectionary

Eat-in or Takeaway available


On-site accommodation is available Friday, Saturday night on the College Campus in the Holcot Centre. A two-storey modern building with single en-suite rooms, shared communal area and well-equipped kitchen facilities. The accommodation is a short walk from the Arena via a designated footpath.

The Agricultural College is set over 1100 acres and has 3 main sites, please note the different post codes below for the Accommodation and the Arena, as they will direct you to the correct gates for parking etc.

COST: £33.00 per person/per night

including bedding and towels

DOGS: Max. 2 per room (any damages found will incur charges made to the person(s) booking the room)

AVAILABILITY: Friday 15nd July (Check-in 2pm onwards) to Sunday 17th July (Check-out 12pm)

Maximum of 50 rooms available to the BCGB.

HOLCOT ACCOMMODATION ADDRESS: Pitsford Road, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7SX

ARENA ADDRESS: The Equestrian Centre, Moulton Equestrian Centre, Pitsford Centre, Gate 4, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7QL


Unfortunately, there is no facilities on-site for caravans or motor homes, but there are several sites fairly close by. Please contact sites directly to check for availability and to make bookings:

Sandy Hill Farm – 07803 579318 (may be full as I know some people have already booked there)

NN3 7UZ – 1.5 miles

CMC Members Only

EHU Hardstanding

£13 pr nt

Rectory Farm – 01604 790523

NN6 0AW – 4.5 miles

CMC Members Only

EHU Grass

£11 pr nt

Billing Aquadrome – (tendency to flood if particularly wet)

NN3 9DA – 5 miles


Also has lodges which accept dogs

£28 pr nt £4 pr dog pr nt

Gayton Marina –

NN7 3ER – 12 miles

Caravan Club Members Only

EHU Hardstanding

£21 pr nt

Brook Meadow –

LE16 9UJ – 15 miles

Non EHU Grass £20 pr nt

EHU Grass or Hardstanding £24 pr nt

£1 pr dog pr nt

Also has camping, lodges, farm shop and wifi

Stanford Hall Caravan Park

LE17 6DH – 20 miles

EHU Grass £18 pr nt

Max 3 dogs

No showers or toilets on site – must be self sufficient

Manor Farm Catthorpe

LE17 6DB – 16 miles

EHU Grass £22 pr nt

Shop and wifi available



The Club will hold its 26th Championship Show at the Equestrian Arena located at the Pitsford Centre, Moulton College. A spacious 60m x 40m indoor arena will provide plenty of space for exhibitors and dogs to strut their stuff. The Pitsford Coffee Shop, toilet facilities and car parking are all located within a short walk of the arena.

Exhibitors will be able to access the show from 9.30am and judging will start at 10.30am.

For anyone that has never entered a show before please do think about entering.  The show is not covered by the £5 fee for the other activities.  If you are interested in showing and would like to have a go you will need to enter online via Fosse Data Systems Ltd.




I was raised in a rural environment surrounded by Dogs, herding, hunting and vermin control. We had a variety of house dogs too.

I first met the Breed in May 2005 when Elaine and I visited Jane Cutler in Pontypool. I think it was love at first sight! In July 2005 we had our first Brittany (Barkus) from Patricia Rush. At first, I had little interest in Dog Showing, but my Mother, who showed Miniature Dachshunds, and people I worked with who showed regularly, persuaded me to give it a go.

Each of our first four Brits achieved their stud book number with one being made up into her Sh. Ch. Title.

I have served on the Committee for several Dog Show Societies and now I have reduced that to one Canine Society where I am currently Secretary/Treasurer and one Championship Show Society, Gundog Society of Wales.

I steward regularly, predominantly for Breed Club shows nowadays. I am a member of the Kennel Club.


I first started showing Cocker Spaniels in 1971 and over the years have had much success breeding, showing and owning Show Champions and CC winners. In 2000 along with my partner Irene Glen, we got a GSP from the Hillanhi Kennel of Jean Bates. Hillanhi Thalia was Top Puppy in 2001, made up and was the dam of Sh.Ch.Wilhome Chasing The Dream who won the bitch CC at Crufts in 2010 and 2011. We are still active in the breed and Chasing The Dreams grand daughter, Sh.Ch.Wilhome Sharp ‘n’ Smart at Bessalone won the bitch CC at Crufts this year. 2022.

As well as showing the GSP’s along with Irene and her partners, Sue and Sally Knowles I am also actively involved in showing the Bessalone Italian Spinone. I first started judging in 1978, awarded my first set of CC’s in 1987 in Cocker Spaniels and now am passed to award CC’s to 22 breeds in the Gundog Group along with the Group at Championship Show level.

I am really looking forward to judging the Special Classes at your Club’s Championship Show and thank the committee for your kind invitation.


The Saturday meal will take place at The Telegraph Inn, a charming local 17th-century pub situated in the village of Moulton and a short walk or drive from the College. The menu is designed using locally sourced, seasonal produce and a selection of delicious dishes have been put together for the Club meal.

£29 per Head


  • Creamy Stilton & Peppercorn Mushrooms, Toasted Ciabatta & Balsamic v
  • Breaded Brie, Spiced Fruit Chutney & Dressed Leaves v
  • Brixworth Pate, Caramelised Onion Chutney & Warm Breads
  • Breaded Whitebait, Lemon Tartar sauce & Dressed Leaves


  • Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Sauteed Potatoes, Cider Cream & Balsamic Apple Puree GF
  • Roasted Garlic & Herb Chicken Supreme, Dauphinoise Potato & a Creamy Tuscan Sauce (Parmesan, Chorizo, Sun- Dried Tomatoes & Spinach)
  • Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs, Rich Red Wine Jus & a Creamy Mustard Mash
  • Pan Fried Salmon Supreme, Sauteed Potatoes, Lime & Coconut Sauce & Roasted Black Sesame Seeds
  • Harissa Infused Mediterranean Vegetable Tart, Buffalo Mozzarella, Balsamic Glaze & Garlic Baby Potatoes

All served with a Selection of Chefs Vegetables


  • Sticky Toffee Pudding with a Sticky Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Pod Ice Cream
  • Belgian Chocolate & Clementine Torte & Chocolate Ice Cream ve gf
  • Lemon Panna Cotta Tart & Blackcurrant Clotted Cream Ice Cream
  • Warm Treacle Tart & Vanilla Pod Ice Cream
  • Golden Nugget & Honeycomb Cheesecake & Fresh Cream

For those with an allergy or dietary requirements please contact either Jenna or Lesley using the contact details at the bottom of the brochure.



SUNDAY 17th JULY 2022


Meet in the morning for information on all the day’s events and introductions and instructions for the day. Each participant will receive a timetable and map of the area on registration – enlarged copies of these will also be at strategic points.

NATURAL APTITUDE ASSESSMENT (TAN Test des Aptitudes Naturels) – Judge Will Tyler, Steward Laura Winder

The TAN will run across the whole day, with a running order and approximate timings for each dog being issued on Sunday morning.

Your dog (age 6 to 36 months) needs no previous training and is assessed on its natural ability in Hunting and Pointing, and on its response to its handler. It takes place in a secure field where caged birds have been hidden. The Judge wants to see it hunt the area, use the wind instinctively and its reaction to finding game. It is a relaxed and informal assessment of your dog’s working potential.

All dogs will receive a verbal critique. Those gaining a pass will receive a Diploma of Merit. The Stan Smith Memorial Trophy will be awarded for Best TAN participant on the day. N.B.: Former winners are excluded from competing.

TRAINING  – Steve Wright 

At 09:30 there will be a group training session on general obedience, including training in basic heelwork, stays and recall, and dog-handler relationship. Advice will be available on behavioural problems.

At 10:45 Steve will run a session specifically on retrieving.


From 12:30 you can come and have a go at the retrieving competition. You can drop in at any time, and the judge will suggest ‘novice’ or ‘advanced’ based on your and your dogs level of experience. You will see exercises to teach your dog in preparation for next year’s Le Weekend!


A relatively new sport where owners and dogs compete as a team – running trails over differing distances according to your ambition and fitness! Dogs wear a harness and are attached to you by a bungee line fastened to your belt. This is a safe and enjoyable way of exercising and building a good rapport with your dog. In the morning experienced Canix competitor and K9 trail time brand ambassador Steve Bienkowski will be available for advice and help with trying out different bits of equipment – for you and your dog!


An excellent outlet for energy and high intensity exercise that encourages responsiveness. A selection of jumps and tunnels will be available to have a go throughout the afternoon, with an experienced handler on hand to encourage you and your dog. NOTE – due to safety reasons there will be no contact equipment (e.g. A-frame or dog walk)


Both of these events are a case of fastest wins!

The sprint is over about 50 yards (with baby puppies having a shorter distance) to find the quickest dog in both groups.

The scurry is a timed retrieve open to all dogs irrespective of the article they wish to retrieve (can be their

favourite toy or a canvas dummy)


Starting at 11am a session will run explaining show dog handling and coaching you on how to show off your dog to its best advantage. At 12:00 there will be a Match – a fun show which will give you the opportunity to practice what you have learnt in the morning.

Le Weekend 2022 Activities Plan

Approx. 09:00 – Event opening and issuing of TAN running order

Morning activities

Approximate timeLocationActivityPlease report to:
09:30 until 12:00TAN FieldTAN – Judge Will TylerLaura Winder
09:30 until 10:45Paddock 1Training – General obedience & problem solvingSteve Wright
10:45 until 12:00Paddock 1Training – RetrievingSteve Wright
09:30 until 12:00 *Paddock 2Canix have-a-go / equipment try-onSteve Bienkowski
11:00 until 12:00Indoor ArenaShow handling/ ringcraft tuitionSue Gudgin
12:00 until 12:30Indoor ArenaFun matchSue Gudgin

Afternoon activities

Approximate timeLocationActivityPlease report to:
12:30 until 15:00TAN FieldTAN – Judge Will TylerLaura Winder
12:30 until 15:00 *Paddock 1Novice and advanced retrieving competitionsSarah Finch
12:30 until 15:00 *Paddock 2Scurry / timed sprintSue Connolly
12:30 until 15:00 *Indoor ArenaHave-a-go agilityCaroline Perks

Approx. 15:30 – Awards presentation and event close

Note – Activities marked with * are open for you to drop by at any point within the times listed
For the TAN a running order with approximate times for each dog to run will be issued in the morning at 09:00.

The club shop and a raffle table will be operating from the indoor arena from 09:30 until 15:00.
The raffle will be called at 15:00.

Booking Forms

2022 Le Weekend Booking Forms

2022 Le Weekend Tan Booking Form

2022 Le Weekend Additional Activities Booking Form


General enquiries please contact:

Jenna Cocking (Club Secretary)


Bookings for accommodation etc please contact:

Lesley Poole (Treasurer)

Tel: 07866672723


Please send completed forms to:

The Anchorage

81 Landermere Road



CO16 0LW

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