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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.

BOOKING FORMS BELOW

CATERING

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

ACCOMMODATION

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

CARAVANS & MOTOR HOMES

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 – Billingaquadrome.com (tendency to flood if particularly wet)

NN3 9DA – 5 miles

EHU

Also has lodges which accept dogs

£28 pr nt £4 pr dog pr nt

Gayton Marina – abccaravanparks.com/gayton

NN7 3ER – 12 miles

Caravan Club Members Only

EHU Hardstanding

£21 pr nt

Brook Meadow – Brookmeadow.co.uk

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

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

SATURDAY 16rd JULY ~ CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW & EVENING GET TOGETHER

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.

ENTRIES: https://fossedata.co.uk/shows/The-Brittany-Club-of-Great-Britain-July-2022.aspx

JUDGES BIOGRAPHIES

MR BILL MOLTON (BRAEBRITS)

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.

DAVID SHIELDS (WILHOLME) – SPECIAL AWARD CLASSES

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.

SATURDAY EVENING ‘GET-TOGETHER’

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

STARTERS

  • 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

MAIN COURSES

  • 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

DESSERTS

  • 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.

BOOKING FORMS BELOW

WORKING AND ACTIVITIES DAY

SUNDAY 17th JULY 2022

BOOKING FORMS BELOW

Meet in the morning for information on all the day’s events and for 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)

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.

RETRIEVING

Introductory training sessions will be held throughout the morning – dogs can retrieve favourite toys or canvas dummies. In the afternoon there will be two competitions, for Novice and Advanced dogs, where different types of retrieves are attempted – of increasing complexity. You will see exercises to teach your dog in preparation for next year’s Le Weekend!

CANI-X

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. Advice will be available on the day.

AGILITY

An excellent outlet for energy and high intensity exercise that encourages responsiveness. A selection of jumps, tunnels, etc. will be available to have a go throughout the morning, with experienced handlers on hand to coach you and your dog. In the afternoon there will be a mini competition.

SPRINT

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

SCURRY

A timed retrieve open to all dogs irrespective of the article they wish to retrieve (can be their favourite toy or a canvas dummy)

SHOW HANDLING

Introductory sessions will be held in the morning demonstrating show handling for those interested in showing their dogs. In the afternoon there will be a Match, which will give you the opportunity to practice what you have learnt in the morning.

PUPPY ACTIVITIES

A variety of activities aimed at puppies will be held during the day.

GROOMING CLINIC

Demonstrations through the day on how to groom the Brittany. Everything you need to know so you will feel confident grooming your dog at home.

The above events could be subject to change and will be confirmed nearer to the event.

Booking Forms

2022 Le Weekend Booking Forms

2022 Le Weekend Tan Booking Form

2022 Le Weekend Additional Activities Booking Form

CONTACT DETAILS

General enquiries please contact:

Jenna Cocking (Club Secretary)

Email: clubsecretary@brittanyclub.co.uk

Bookings for accommodation etc please contact:

Lesley Poole (Treasurer)

Tel: 07866672723

Email: treasurer@brittanyclub.co.uk

Please send completed forms to:

The Anchorage

81 Landermere Road

Thorpe-Le-Soken

Essex

CO16 0LW

OR Email: Email: treasurer@brittanyclub.co.uk

LE WEEKEND 2022

SATURDAY 16rd & SUNDAY 17th JULY

at

MOULTON COLLEGE

NORTHAMPTON

WEST STREET, MOULTON

NN3 7RR

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!