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Midland C.T.C. Cairn Day 2009

27th September 2009

Held at Hasland Village Hall, Hasland , Derbyshire.


Although a change in venue the MCTC Cairn Day was again a resounding success. A good mixture of Pet and show Cairns were in attendance.


The day started as usual with a trimming demonstration, with lots of tips and advice from full stripping out to a delicate ear trim.

Trimmers were – Julie Petts, Maud Hawkes,  Alison Wragg & Dawn Innet.


Chris Roberts & helpers had a busy day on the CTRF stall



Then aafter a super lunch, Monica held a Junior handling class with youngsters aged 7 to 12. The overall winner was Lauren handling Toto


Then we got down to the serious part of the day’s activities

Monica & Brenda’s Fun Classes.

This year Brenda Judged the Handsomest Boy, Prettiest Bitch & Waggiest Tail.

Monica & Brenda tried to see fair play in the Musical Mats, Sausage Catcher & Temptation Alley classes, this was at times most difficult with several warnings given and two sendings off for cheating! (Named & shamed later on). Then Milly Jennings Judged the fancy Dress competition and decided who was the Cairn she would most like to take home!


Class one – Musical Mats


Maud Hawkes looked after the music but due to the loud din of excited Cairns she had to resort to a whistle when the music stopped, warnings had to be given for pushing fellow competitors, & arguing with the referees!


The final winner was Morag

(But very nearly beaten by a cheeky young pup!)

Musical Mats Winner


Class two Handsomest Boy

After a lot of deliberation

Brenda eventually fell for  – a lovely wee red Boy called Monty



The treats

Class Three

Temptation Alley


In this class owners had to guide their Cairn through an alley of Temptations  = Plates of sausage, cheese, biccies, squeaky rats, singing teddies & fluffy toys.

This was the hardest class of the day for Brenda & Monica to control, lots of cheating a few warnings but lots of fun!

The final winner was Morag again!


The Winner Of Temptation Alley


Class 4

Prettiest Bitch


Another lovely class for the judge but unfortunately there were two disqualifications.


Mary Culliford who tried to favour the judge’s integrity by entering her Sophie (whom Brenda had bred & handled). Then Mike Warne was so desperate to win a class he entered his young lad Angus. One hopes this doesn’t hinder his future career!


But Brenda just couldn’t resist awarding

 Roy’s Cher the title.

(As you can see from the photo she just gave that little Xtra Factor!)




Class 5 – Best Sausage Catcher


Monica bravely took on the task of throwing sausages in the direction of the Cairns!

Boy were there some keen ones, but the one left standing had the keenest eye and had obviously been in training.


The final winner was Cath’s ?


Closely followed by Dexter the Poodle whose owner had misread the invite!

Best Sausage Catcher


Class 6

Waggiest Tail

Hotly contested, but easily one by Roxy as it never stopped wagging

Class 7

Fancy Dress

Milly went for Maisie   “The Bridesmaid” who wore a very fetching pink number

Finally Milly chose Trudi Clark’s Millie

As  “The Cairn The judge would most like to take home”



This was followed by the Puppy Walk for pups aged less than 6 months. From a very good entry

 our Judge Jean Shearsmith chose Pam & Tony’s little Hollie


Finally The Cairn Day Match was judged by Pat Clarke (Lentrica) (Her first judging appointment)


Best puppy was Julie & Chris Petts

Doonrae Joie De Vivre

Best Adult & Best in Match was Ann Wall’s Cloverbrook Ray Of Sunshine Over Shearwater (Rainbow)

Pictured here with Judge Pat Clarke & Best Puppy.



Roy & Cher in Training

Chris eyeing up the cakes & sweets on offer

Colin & pup relaxing after a hard days competition

A little “Thank You” for Jean, our Puppy Walk Judge.


Photographs by Alan & Linda Firth

Ps If you know the pet & owners names of the Pup who won the puppy walk & Milly’s one to take home please let me know