Report and photos by Julie Revill, Secretary of the SEWSSC
The idea of this joint day began way back in July 2010 following a discussion at the SESSS Open Show. Over the next year or so a number of meetings were held between representatives of both Clubs and a Joint Educational Day was born.
This was finally held on 9th October 2011 at New Haw in Surrey with 32 Students in attendance and a number of spectators. The day began with ‘presentations’ by Steve Pick for the Welsh Springer Spaniels and Ann Corbett for the English Springer Spaniels, some use of acetates showing outline profiles of the WSS were very interesting and initiated a lot of discussion, particularly with regard to toplines. Ann kindly brought her top winning dogs so that the students and spectators had a chance to see the ‘very best’ of the ESS.
A lovely lunch was provided by a combination of both Clubs, and the banoffee pie and lime cheesecake were particularly wonderful (thank you SESSS!).
The afternoon was for the Students although the spectators were able to stay to watch if they wished. Four WSS and four ESS were available for the students to go over and write down their comments on the sheet provided, these were purely for their own use and not broadcast at all. The dogs all behaved impeccably although they must have been very tired with so many going over them, waggy tails were in abundance, which was good to see. Following on from this the two speakers gave their own impressions of the dogs so that students could compare with their own views, and a couple of the dogs were moved up and down outside for the benefit of the students.
After this the students were able to sit the examinations, it was completely up to them whether they took just one breed, or both, or none – good luck if you tried both!! The examination was purely on the Breed Standard and with the many similarities between the breeds I am sure those who chose to do both, may have become somewhat confused!
Whilst this was going on we took photographs of the males and females in both breeds together so that the differences can be easily seen, and also other photos taken on the day.
From the feedback received it would appear that the day was a great success and it is possible that we may run something similar at some stage in the future.
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