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Dogs NSW Festival of the Hounds - Oct 2

Dogs NSW announces the ‘Festival of the Hounds’ on October 2 at Orchard Hills, NSW, featuring Australia’s remarkable Hound breed varieties, specialist Hound judges from Australia and across the globe, and lure coursing events that will get your pulse racing! (Photo Credit: Alan Hall)

Plus, there will be champagne and nibbles to celebrate ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Hound of the Year’ with entertainment that you’ll be talking about for a long while!

This will be the largest gathering of Hound group dog breed varieties on show with Ibizan Hounds, Elkhounds, Azawakhs, Borzois and more! The Hound Club of NSW’s 100th Championship Show has Hound group dog breeds you may have never seen before!

The Azawakh - an ancient dog breed derived from wild pariah dogs in Western Africa
Dogs NSW is the peak body in New South Wales responsible for promoting breeding, showing, trialling, obedience, and other canine-related activities and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs across the state.

The Hound Club of NSW’s 100th Championship Show celebrates more than half a century of showing Hound breeds, such as Pharaoh Hounds, Greyhounds, Beagles, Norwegian Elkhounds, Afghan Hounds, Dachshunds and many others, said Rebecca Rafton, Vice President of the Hound Club of NSW.

“The Hound Club of NSW holds two shows a year (Easter and October). Its first show was held in March 1964 with an entry of 256 dogs from across all the breeds in the Hound group from around NSW and is today one of the biggest Hound festivals in Australia!” she said.

The Opening of the Ceremony will be held at 10am by a town crier, announcing 5 show rings, the international judges as well as the champagne and nibbles at each ring. Completion of judging (approx. 12:30pm) will be followed by the prestigious Hound of the Year competition - entries by invitation only - and then the cutting of the cake!

2015 Hound of the Year (NSW) - Photo Credit: Ffire Photography
“The Closing Ceremony of our 100th Championship Show is more of a celebration!” said Rafton. There will be a Photo Selfie Booth for exhibitors and the public to win free future show entries or a $100 voucher for most liked picture! Simply post on the Club’s or their own social media with #H_C100 by Oct 6th.

“We also warmly welcome Sydney drag artist Krystal Klear for entertainment (ETA 2pm)!” said Rafton.
The Hound Club of NSW’s 100th Championship Show event schedule here (pg 22).

Lure Coursing – the great chase!

This year, the Hound Club of NSW’s 100th Championship Show is held in conjunction with the NSW Lure Coursing Association – 3 days (Sept 30 – Oct 2) of lure coursing events awarded by an international panel of specialist judges. Lure Coursing is a dog sport that involves chasing a mechanically operated lure.

The Lure Coursing trials will comprise of two streams of dogs participating – Sighthound stream (i.e. Afghan Hounds, Salukis and Whippets) and Coursing Ability Test stream (for the rest of the breeds and associated dogs). Besides prizes for top three winners of these streams, a prize will also be awarded for ‘High in Trial’ every day for the top scoring dog in the whole trial, explained Rafton.

“In addition, dogs of the Sighthound breeds gain points for winning a place in their breed class and will be awarded first place in their breeds in recognition of their performance at the breed level,” she said.

For Lure Coursing trial Schedule, please visit here (pg 37). The NSW Lure Coursing Association will also run a workshop on October 1 at Orchard Hills with experienced judges from the United States. For more information, visit here.

Unrelated to the Hound Club of NSW 100th Championship Show, the Dogs NSW Obedience State Titles event will also be held on Oct 2 at Orchard Hills. For more information, please check schedule here (pgs 34-35).

Live streaming at the championship show!

The Hound Club of NSW will also live stream the Best in Show and Hound of the Year competitions on the Hound Club of NSW Facebook page. You can also follow the Hound Club of NSW’s Instagram page ‘h_c100’.

The Hound Club of NSW’s 100th Championship Show is proudly supported by Dogs News Australia, Canidae, Barking Mad Pet Care, Show Ribbons Online, Cool Champions, CCrates, Sires on Ice, Petcetera, Ball & Doggett Pty Ltd, Carbon8 Pty Ltd, Showaquipment and Balanced Canine.

Where: The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills. 
There will be FREE Admission and parking on the grounds. 

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