Carting & Chill Out Weekend

After the disappointment of cancelling our training weekend in May we certainly pulled out all the stops to make sure that what was our chillout weekend, would now become our main event in 2015.

We camped from the Thurs till Tuesday over the bank holiday period and although the weather forecast for the duration wasn't looking to promising, it actually turned out to be better than expected, on the days that it mattered.Saturday started off as just a training day for anyone who wanted to come and give carting a go under the guidance of very experienced trainers. Miranda with Oscar below had already done their  First Draft last year but wanted to go back to basics with training wheels just to enforce Oscar's training from last year. As you can see he not only had remembered what he had learnt but wanted to have a go on the carting course. 

Saturday evening we had our get together and included a very large buffet, drinks and entertainment by Julie and Lee Palmer

Sunday was our main day for fun competitions and we had trophies and rosettes for all class winners on the fun carting course competition and also all the decorated cart classes.

A big thank you to Gill Instone who kindly judged all the decorated cart classes for us. I think she appreciated how difficult this can be and after a lot of deliberation she came up with her winners. Results:Decorated Cart Swiss Theme1st: Linda Smith with Dyce. I liked this team for their simplicity with traditional swiss cart decorated with churns and flowers and well turned out dog.2nd: Lynne  Boyd with Madison. Once  agian very simplistic but effective, and well groomed dog.3rd Wendy with Wallace. An old cart with simple display, swiss flags and cuddly berns., very beautiful.
Class 2: Decorated Cart and theme.1st: Julie & Dave with Redford - Down on the farm. Very original Dave dresses as a scarescrow( would frighten anyone) and Julie as te Farmer. Redford was dressed as a sheep and was so convincing. He did have trouble keeping his tights up, but don't we all!2nd: Diane with Murdoch: The Italien Job. Another well thought out idea with the cart transformed into a mini with blocks of gold and Di holding the dynamite.

Class 3: Best Carting Turnout

1st Julie with Redford - Lovely turned out dog and cart 2nd Bruce with Dixie - Dixie and 11 yr old Australian Shepherd, lovely turnout3rd Lynn with Murdoch - Very nice clean cart and polished brasses.We presented Gill with a small gift for her hard work.The fun carting course was also well attended and main winners were1st Dave and Redford in beginners1st Tom with Ramsay in Intermediate1st Bruce with Bear in Advanced.
Well done everyone.!Thank you to everyone who supported the event, special thanks to Julie & Lee for entertaining us, Julie also for helping with the scoring on the Sunday  and Di who supplied the two golden goody boxes, which helped raised funds for the carting group. The first box was won by Julie Wright and the second one, Jim Webster. Thanks Di for all your hard work, much appreciated. We hope to see you all next year!

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