CLA Game Fair, 18-20 July

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  1. gad

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    Anyone planning to be at the CLA in July? We're going on the Saturday, would be nice to see some of the forum members and the Labs do course.
     
  2. Oberon

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    Re: CLA Game Fair, 18-20 July

    I finally have to ask - what is the definition of a game fair? Is it games as in 'fun games to play' or is it game as in 'all about hunting game'? Or both or something else? We don't have them where I live (but they sound like lots of fun!!!) :)
     
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    Oh I so wish it was the first one!! ;D ;D

    No, rather blandly now it seems, they are to do with game as in 'hunting, shooting, fishing'. Still good though, for anyone with gundog interests etc (although I realise it's a controversial area). Scurries, terrier racing, often exemption show- all sorts of dog stuff, country crafts, food, etc etc.
     
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    Thank you! :) I would love to go to one. Are they mainly in the Spring, or any time of year?

    Makes mental note to look up game fair locations/dates for next trip to UK...
     
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    Well, I think the first ones are in March (the South West claims to be the first in mid March) then through really until they start converging with the agricultural shows at harvest time, most of which also have horse stuff as well as livestock etc. While we're on the topic, I'm hoping to add Sherborne Country Fair to my rota this year:
    http://www.sherbornecountryfair.com
    I think most forum members in the area will be heading north for the forum walk in Bristol that day, but it's a bit of a stretch for me to get up to Bristol for 9.30am, so Sherborne it is.
     
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    I will be there! But not with a lab but my Clumber Ziggy. :D We are part of the Working Clumber Spaniel Society team with a stand and also doing gundog demos twice daily for the three days of the CLA.
    Rachael, the CLA is the biggest of all the game fairs in the UK. The venue this year is Blenheim Palace, so it is set in stunning grounds. ;D
    This photo is from last year's CLA. It was very hot and the event organisers put up cool paddling pools and showers for our dogs in the Sporting Dog Pavilion to help us to keep them cool and comfortable. 8)

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    I'm planning on going on the Friday....undecided about taking Riley. I've never been so don't really know how crowded it will be and riley might get a bit over wrought :eek:
     
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    Wow, it sounds terrific. I would absolutely love to be able to go....sigh. Lovely Clumbers :)

    The CLA one is always on towards the end of July?
     
  9. gad

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    Yes, the CLA is July, they do change the venue though - but as Heidrun says, this year at Blenhiem - it's such a fantastic setting. Lovely Clumbers - looking forward to seeing them in action.

    bbrown - it does get very busy :)
     
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    Perhaps a more enjoyable day without my dog then, poor Riley ;)
     
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    Dad is looking at going now as he has that week off.

    he wants to make a weekend camping trip out of it. It sounds like a really good show. Gingernut would be coming if she is not in season then, and grumpy guts might come depending on how he is feeling.
     
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    we are thinking of going too, and maybe bringing Benson along, depending on the weather and how well his training with heel and distractions is coming along :)
     
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    Re: CLA Game Fair, 18-20 July

    There is a dog crèche apparently, which sounds ideal for a cool, quiet, break for over excited pups.
     
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    [quote author=JulieT link=topic=5930.msg86831#msg86831 date=1402386361]
    There is a dog crèche apparently, which sounds ideal for a cool, quiet, break for over excited pups.
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    These places can be quite stressful for dogs not used to the noise, sights and smells of loads of other strange dogs. I am quite honest, if I wasn't in the demo team with Ziggy I would not bring a dog to the CLA.
     
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    I'm leaving mine at home.....much more relaxing fun day for me and he can chill in the garden in the sun(hopefully!)
     
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    hhmm... yes.

    Now we've got over the peak madness brought on by no exercise, just busy is easy peasy again. He grew up in busy places and we did a lot of socialising on packed London high streets, town quay parties with fireworks and the red arrows, and busy tube trains...but dogs and dummies would give us a problem (and there might be a lot of those! ;D ;D ;D).
     
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    And a lot of gunshot! Some very close and very loud. ;)
     
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    [quote author=heidrun link=topic=5930.msg86839#msg86839 date=1402389099]
    And a lot of gunshot! Some very close and very loud. ;)
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    :eek: Riley's definitely staying home then :)
     
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    [quote author=heidrun link=topic=5930.msg86839#msg86839 date=1402389099]
    And a lot of gunshot! Some very close and very loud. ;)
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    He has never heard gunshot - although he has stood very close to the guns they use to start and end the sail and row boat races in the harbour in Fowey, which might be similar. I think he'd be fine though - he can do noise, tube trains, fireworks, fog horns, bird scarers, brass marching bands, clanking chain ferries, scaffolding poles dropped from a height, Oxford Street on a Saturday. Nothing bothers him. Still, checking in a controlled environment would be sensible, I reckon.

    The rustling of a few leaves on a quiet night can make him jump though! ::)
     
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    Going to consider and see how he goes. Benson will be around 9 months old, already he is used to lots of noise and is quite calm. Gunshot doesn't faze him at all, he is coming along in leaps and bounds in a lot of respects. What does concern me would be the weather, if it is hot and sunny I think that would possibly make him quite stressed.
     

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