SHOWS & EVENTS
The Sealyham Terrier Club organises two KC Licenced breed shows per year :
A Championship Show in April and an Open Show in September.
Although club shows are run to a high standard, the atmosphere tends to be relaxed and friendly. At the Championship Show the entry is higher allowing new members or prospective Sealyham owners to view different lines of Sealyhams and speak to their breeders. If you are a little unsure of where to go for your future show dog this is usually the place to be.
The club merchandise is always on show and for sale at the shows.
All shows held by the STC are open to both members and non members, however, members do get reduced entry fees and of course Trophies are only available to members.
If you need any help or advice regarding the shows don’t hesitate to contact the Officers or a member of the Committee – that’s what they are there for!
NEW TO SHOWING
If you would like to begin dog showing joining a breed club, such as the Sealyham Terrier Club, and going to one of their events is a great way to start. The Club Officers, Committee and Members will be happy to meet you and introduce you to other members. They will be able to explain what is happening at the show/event and will be happy to give you information on how to get involved.
The Kennel Club has a wealth of information for those wishing to start Dog Showing.
There you can find your local ringcraft class which is a great opportunity to give it a go.
TYPES OF DOG SHOW
Open shows are open to all registered pedigree dogs and are often considered as the first step to serious dog showing. They can be an excellent place to improve your skills, as the atmosphere can be quite relaxed and they provide a good opportunity to speak to other people involved in the activity. If you win best in show, reserve best in show or best puppy in show at a general or group open show, your dog will have qualified to participate at Crufts, the largest dog show in the world.
A limited show is an entry level show that is restricted either geographically or by membership of a club, group, society or breed. Dogs that have won a Challenge Certificate or obtained any award that counts towards the title of Champion under the rules of any governing body recognised by The Kennel Club, are not eligible for entry at these shows.
Premier open shows are open to all levels of pedigree dogs. Premier open shows are a larger version of an open show and are run on a similar format, but in addition some winning dogs have the opportunity to qualify for Crufts. To see if you are eligible, please see the society’s schedule.
Championship shows are the highest level of dog show in the UK. They are open to all exhibitors but there is a higher level of competition, as it is here that in certain breeds of dog can win a Challenge Certificate (also known as CCs, or tickets) and may also qualify for Crufts.
A Challenge Certificate is awarded to the dog that the judge believes is the best dog and the best bitch within each eligible breed on the day. The judge will only award the CC if they believe that the winning dog is of such outstanding merit as to be worthy of the title of Champion. Any dog that wins three CCs (under three different judges, one of which when it is over a year old) is awarded the title of Champion, which is one of the highest accolades in the show world and it entitles the dog to carry the letters Ch at the front of its name.