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CRUFTS 2020
Toy Day this year is on Thursday 5th March and as usual, the British Chihuahua Club will have a stand next to the Chihuahua rings.  We will have the brand new 2020 Chihuahua Chronicle on sale at £8 a copy and back numbers of all issues from 2011 onwards, plus a few other items like ceramic mugs and maybe some car window stickers.  Looking forward to seeing many of our members and friends there on the day!

2020 Open Show and AGM
Our 2020 Open Show will be held on Sunday 10th May at Brackley Leisure Centre.  Breed specialists Joe Borges (Bellyss) and Saoirse McKenna (Chantico) will judge smoothcoats and longcoats respectively, while our Best in Show judge will be Emma Huntley (Jahneemahs.  As well as the usual breed classes, during the lunch break there will be a just-for-fun Puppy Walk for pups aged 4 to 6 months.  Click here to download a schedule or enter online at Fosse Data.  if you require a printed schedule please contact the Hon Secretary at this address:

The British Chihuahua Club
Hon Secretary Mr James Culverhouse
Tel: 01344 425841
Email secretary@britishchihuahua.club

Also during the lunch break, we will be holding the club's Annual General Meeting, where officers and committee members are elected for the coming year and any important club matters announced, discussed and sometimes voted on.  We hope all members present will take an interest. If you have any items for the agenda, they should be submitted to the Secretary by 31st March.  Likewise nominations for officers or committee should be received by then, and candidates should indicate their willingness to stand for election. Proposer and seconder must be fully paid-up members in good standing, and candidates should have been a member of the club for the past three full years.

Speaking of 'paid-up' can we remind members that your subscription is due and payable on 1st January each year.  For those resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland it's £5 for single membership or £8 joint.  Overseas members pay £8 single or £12 joint.  You can also save with 'compound membership' where 10 x the yearly subscription pays for 12 years' membership.  Details of how to join are at this link

2019 Championship Show
We celebrated the club's 70th Anniversary at our Championship Show held on Sunday 17th November 2019 at Brackley Leisure Centre.  A magnificent cake (pictured) was donated by Amy Wilcox and enjoyed by the exhibitors, along with (non-alcoholic) sparkling wine, and there were some fabulous prizes for winners.

In longcoats, judged by Vera Gillott (dogs) and Janet Fraser (bitches), the CCs went to Lee Humphreys' Amarantos Tobin and Debbie Bird's Bramerita Dream Bigger with Parisland. Smoothcoats were judged by Francis Yeoh (dogs) and David Milton (bitches), and the CCs went to Beverley Sutton's Ch Now Or Never De L'isle Au Vert Coteau and Borjomi Fortune, owned by Tony Allcock and Jurate Suprinaityte.

Best in Show was judged by our Vice-Chairman Mr Graham Foote, and top honours went to Beverley Sutton's smoothcoat Ch Now Or Never De L'isle Au Vert Coteau Nikitos JW. Reserve was Debbie Bird's longcoat Bramerita Dream Bigger with Parisland. Best Puppy in Show was the longcoat import Royal William Bikin Dvor, owned by Pauline Lodwick and Teresa Barker, with Reserve going to Heap & Palmer's Alltoyways Fantasy Minx, and Best Veteran in Show was another Beverley Sutton smoothcoat, Ch Lozek Rhapsody In Blue Nikitos.  In the first picture below are (left to right) s/c judge Francis Yeoh, BIS winner Beverley Sutton, BIS judge Graham Foote and RBIS winner Debbie Bird.  The other picture shows (left to right) BPIS winner Pauline Lodwick, Graham Foote and RBPIS winner Will Heap.
BIS winners photo BPIS winners photo
(Photographs courtesy of 'Our Dogs' and T Morgan Animal Photography)

2019 also saw the 30th edition of our yearbook, the Chihuahua Chronicle, so it was a special edition to mark both events.  With a gleaming platinum-look cover, more colour, and more beautiful adverts, the book continues to be just £8 a copy at our shows or £10.50 including p&p by mail order via our website (£14.00 posted to Europe or £16.00 to other destinations.) Click here to go to our shop page.

The 2020 Yearbook is now in production and will be on sale at Crufts, along with back numbers for past years.

2019 Open Show
Our Open Show was held on 5th May, shortly before the actual 70th Anniversary of the founding of the club on 22nd May 1949.  We are saving the big celebrations for our Championship Show in November, but we had a very successful and enjoyable show at the Brackley Leisure Centre in Northamptonshire.  Lynn Hill judged Smoothcoats for us and Emma Huntley the Longcoats, while our BIS judge was Mrs Edith Lynch.

Best in Show was Mrs Beverley Sutton's smoothcoat Now Or Never De L'isle Au Vert Coteau Nikitos, while Reserve went to another smooth and winner of Best Veteran in Show, Jacks' Ch Amarose Tink Attitude.  Sue Lee's longcoat puppy Barwater Agatha Christie of Ridgehawk was Best Puppy in Show.

Having moved the date of our club's financial year-end, we were also able to hold our Annual General Meeting at the show, allowing many additional members to attend.  There were no nominations for office.  Ms Hazel Senior and Mr James Farrugia have stepped down but the rest of the committee, and the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer all agreed to continue.  The committee is now considering candidates to be co-opted to fill the remaining vacancies.

Don't be tricked out of your money
With the continuing popularity of Chihuahuas, people desperate to obtain a puppy are sending off large amounts of money to people they've never met for dogs they've never seen.  Sadly many of them never receive the puppy they were promised, or ever see their money again.  Read our page Buying A Chihuahua to see how the Club can put you in touch with Club members who may have puppies for sale.  Our members are obliged to abide by our code of ethics

 
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