Pictures & Information from the 2014 Newfoundland Extravaganza

Newfoundland Extravaganza

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Children with a Newfie
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The weekend was brilliant!!

It was well attended by both Newfie people and the general public and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The weather was fine on both days so we all enjoyed the sun for the water activities and the Companion Show in aid of the RNLI and NNC. On Saturday and Sunday the NNC Rother Valley Water Team entertained the large crowds at the lake side with fun packed water demonstrations set to Music. Vinnie Whiting did a superb job as compere, telling the public about the breed and introducing the individual dogs and members taking part in the display.

Rother Valley Display Team
Rother Valley Display Team
The dogs looked amazing in their brightly coloured life jackets and certainly did the breed proud, showing the special life saving skills for which the breed is renowned. The water demonstration was a masterclass showing how Newfoundlands and their handlers work together as a team in the water, and many newfoundland owners who had never seen water work were totally amazed by the skill involved. Show people were also staggered by the abilities of both dogs and handlers - as one said "I have never been so proud to own a Newfoundland as I am today". We saw dogs working together, towing multiple people, rescuing a small dog in his little dinghy, acting as sharks chasing the boat, carrying Noah Maris, only four years old on their backs in the water - Noah is a definite rising star from Rother.

Multiple people tow
Towing multiple people
Rescuing a small dog in his dingy
Rescuing a small dog in his dingy
Shark
Shark chasing the boat
Noah
Noah - Rother's rising star!
Injured swimmer
Rescuing an injured swimmer
Pulling a boat
Pulling a boat full of people
Saving injured people
Saving an injured person
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Noah also proved to be an excellent fund raiser for the RNLI and NNC with his collecting bucket! No one could refuse him. The NNC Chairman John Lloyd followed in Noah's wake with his own bucket, but was obviously not such a hit with the crowd in spite of his Welsh charm offensive. Never mind John, you cannot hope to compete with a cute four year old!

Collecting Money
I want your money!
Maximus, Cart & Noah
Maximus, Cart & Noah
Money Collecting
Give us your money
The whole event was masterminded and organised by two NNC Main Committee members, Stella Baxter and Rose Evans, together with Vinnie Whiting from the NNC Working Sub Committee and the Rother Group. Marquees, trade stands, rosettes, prizes, an Auction, caravan accommodation, car park passes, setting up the show ring, the grooming seminar tent, booking lunches, a disco and barbecue for Saturday night, a rally ring (ably run by the Grangewater Working Newfoundlands from Essex), and lake preparation were all sorted in advance by these Three Musketeers supported by the NNC working members and Committee. We owe a huge vote of thanks to everyone who supported the event especially the Grangewater Group whose rally/obedience ring was a great success with lots of dogs having a go, some more than once to see if they could improve! Grangewater are not an NNC group so we were especially delighted by their support. Thank you Amanda and Stuart Arnold, Karen Wells, Sarah Buckle and Hayley and Duncan Webb from Grangewater - you were brilliant!

Rally Challenge
Rally/Obedience Challenge
Rally Challenge
Rally/Obedience Challenge
Rally Challenge
Rally/Obedience Challenge
Rally Challenge
Rally/Obedience Challenge
Rally Challenge
Rally/Obedience Challenge
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On Saturday we also enjoyed a Grooming Seminar where the well known Italian breeder and exhibitor Milena Polloni (Thickish Newfoundlands) shared her grooming skills. She worked on a black male and a Landseer bitch, and it was fascinating to watch the different approaches to grooming a black and a Landseer. There were lots of questions and discussion and Milena enjoyed talking about controversial showing and health issues. She had a great sense of humour and everyone learned a great deal.

Milena with Billy & Benny
Milena with Billy & Benny
Milena grooming a black male
Milena grooming a black male
Milena with NNC Chairman
Milena, NNC Chairman & Black male newfie
Milena trimming a foot
Milena trimming the dogs foot
Trimming rear leg
Milena trimming a rear leg
Trimming a Landseer bitch
Milena trimming a Landseer bitch
Grooming a Landseer bitch
Milena grooming a Landseer bitch
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On Sunday Milena and her husband Oreste judged the Companion Show and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, even doing a fun lap of honour at the end. The Show was really well supported, with lots of owners and dogs keen to win Best Six Legs , Most Handsome dog and Prettiest Bitch. Best in Show and Best Veteran from the Pedigree classes was Collins' Pointer, Medogold Typhoon Ginger at Collholme, a 7 year old dog. Reserve Best in Show was Sandham's Sandeast Black Lace, a 4 year old Newfoundland bitch. Best Puppy was a 11 month old newfie Williams' Inkomo White Russian. Thank you Milena and Oreste for your lovely approach to both dogs and exhibitors - we thoroughly enjoyed your company and hope you enjoyed your weekend with us too.

Judges
Milena & Oreste Polloni (Thickish Newfoundlands)
Entry Table
Taking show entries with Billy & Benny
Judges Triange
Even the judges can do a triangle!
Trophies
Trophies for BIS, RBIS & BP

Best In Show
Best in Show
BIS, RBIS & BP
Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show & Best Puppy
BIS - Line Up
Line up for BIS
Winner - Junior Handling
Winner of Junior Handling
Youngest JH
Youngest Junior Handler - 4 years old
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Lots of other activities took place during the weekend. A very successful auction of a beautiful hand painted white enamelled milk churn of Newfoundlands working in water by Paul Patterson was strongly contested, with the final nod going to Steve and Karen Hietschold for £275! There were some excellent raffle prizes generously donated by club members which raised a good amount. The barbecue on Saturday night was a great success, followed by a disco which apparantly only dispersed in the early hours of Sunday morning because people needed to get up to start again on events early on Sunday. The marquee was full of Newfoundlands and owners with not a single cross word between the dogs (or owners we hope!). The weekend finished with a brilliant finale water demonstration by Rother Valley, and a football match involving dogs and owners.

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Congratulations to the winners of our first Extravaganza 5 a side football match (made up mostly of working as the show team had left at 5:30pm). I must admit we did get a bit worried when the goalie gloves came out as we knew working meant business and that was after all their hard work on the finale display. Is there no end to the talent of Rother Valley!!! We will have to train that bit harder for the show side to beat them next year!

Winners of the Football Match
Team Winners of the Football Match
Football Winners
Winning Team of the Football Match
Also a note of thanks to the cake stall team who worked so hard over the 2 days (Becky, Alex, Jas & Sonia manned the stall) and of course Steve Cash who was our brilliant runner over the 2 days even cooking the BBQ with Dave Trueman. The Extravaganza was a huge success and the NNC wish to thank everyone (members and non members) for their support, hard work, generosity and massive commitment. An event like this can only happen when people work together for the good of the breed - we are proud that so many of you gave up your time and energies to make this possible.

You are very special people!!

Credits: Thanks to Jill Barker, Honorary Secretary for the report of the weekend & Paul Dodd for all the wonderful photographs.