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Offline daftcockers

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« on: March 05, 2003, 06:45:01 PM »
We have only been showing our cocker Archie for about 8mths, so am still a novice, But I have had some wonderful advise from breeders in the breed. Two in particular have been wonderful and supportive, even though archie didnt come from their kennels.(dont know if I can name names on the site).
We had met some wonderful people not only from the cocker breed.
Up to now we have only come across one horrible person and unfortunatly she was a cocker person.
So I hope we have many more happy years of showing this wonderful bred (win or lose I take the best dog home)

P>S Good luck to everyone showing on Thursday                    
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2003, 09:23:34 PM »
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We haven't been quite so lucky......and that's only at ringcraft  ::) Think I'll be retiring Dallas before he even enters the ring. ;) Hope you continue to have fun showing Archie and maybe we will be seeing him at Crufts one day too :)                    
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Playing at the Bridge: Brook (13/06/04), Jackson (23/12/05) & Vegas (14/07/10)

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2003, 09:34:39 PM »
Sorry to hear this Gill. Perhaps daftcockers and i are lucky to have such helpful people at ringcraft.
Have you thought that you might be seen as competition  ;) ;)                    
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2003, 09:48:51 PM »
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Have you thought that you might be seen as competition  

ROFL ;D Not blinkin likely. There aren't any other gundogs there so we are the only ones - no competition to anybody. I remember the first day I went with Vegas, the first thing I was asked before I even had time to park my bum was "who did his tail" and then "his colour doesn't do well in the ring". I very much doubt she even knew what his colour was so we lasted all of three weeks. Ventured back with Dallas a few weeks back and lasted all of 45 mins ;D I'm not sure if its feasible to go it alone with the help of a showing manual(got loads of those) but that's looking like the only option at the moment.                    
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Playing at the Bridge: Brook (13/06/04), Jackson (23/12/05) & Vegas (14/07/10)

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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2003, 10:25:47 PM »
I hope you do persevere Gill - I know you wanted to show Dallas, and you shouldnt let anyone put you off. It's perfectly easy for anyone to make throwaway comments - not even cocker specialists, as you say - but it takes a lot more courage to not take them personally and carry on regardless... I say go for it!  ;D                    

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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2003, 08:55:26 AM »
Gill - I say go for it, ring craft sessions like the one you describe can only be harmful to your confidence, your cocker will pick that up straight away and may also lose confidence which shows in the ring.   In some situations you could be better off going to shows and learning by watching the other competitors and giving it a go.  This is how I started out and although I might have been a bit slower to learn the "in's and out's" of the ring it has worked for me. Other exhibitors will help out - at least the ones who do care about the breed.   I really learnt on my first dog and looking back he wasn't the flashest dog out there - but hey I thought he was, and we had a lot of fun.  It taught me how to lose graciously and now I accept the decisions of the Judges and move on, sometimes a lot more redily than other exhibitors.   ;D
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