Bouvier des Flandres Club of Great Britain Triumph with first Jamboree International and WKC Results

The Bouvier des Flandres Club of Great Britain held their annual Jamboree International on the 21st and 22nd August to coincide with the Welsh Kennel Club Champ Show.

Despite adverse weather, the Jamboree was a huge success with a total of 19 caravans and tents attending, plus other people travelling to stay in B&Bs and hired cottages for the weekend. Visitors were from various parts of the UK, Ireland and Belgium and brought with them more than 30 Bouviers and 10 other breeds including Akitas, Russian Black Terriers, GSDs, and a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier.

Kicking off with the Welsh Kennel Club Champ Show on Saturday morning, six cars of Bouviers (and their people) headed off to the showground, later returning triumphant with six big wins including the Reserve Dog CC, which went to Ir Ch Opus Mon Cher Klementyna z Flandryjskiego of Clare Burnett, the Reserve Bitch and Bitch CC, to Mullomm Elsie Rhianna of Chepam, owner Cheryl Pierpoint and Nikolaev Cersei, owner Lee Nichols, Best Veteran to Wendy Partners, Nikolaev Aquilla, and Best Puppy which went to Res CC winner Elsie. A super win in the Good Citizen Stakes for Alison Jones, Ch Nikolaev Amarande at Abbiville completed the tally.

Back at the Jamboree camping ground the day commenced with a local dog walk around the Shropshire countryside, led by local Bouvier owner, Christine Howe. In the afternoon, the Secretary of the Bouvier des Flandres Club of Great Britain, Pam Wadsworth, shared her experience of working trials by running an agility demonstration and participation session.

Paul and June Shore whose dog carting activities at events have raised money for many charities, displayed their skills with their two Bouviers and a selection of beautifully decorated dog carts. The couple very kindly let people try the carts out with their own dogs, contributing to the fun of the day.

Celebrating the day’s fantastic results at WKC, a party was held on the Saturday evening, with a BBQ manned by the two Andrews (Pierpoint and Lainchbury) for approximately 40 people, followed by a 6 team quiz and a disco in the barn area which saw people and dogs alike dancing until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Sunday’s Jamboree kicked off with an obedience demonstration complete with training and tips, as well as a grooming Q&A session hosted by Cheryl Pierpoint and Lee Nichols of Chepam and Nikolaev Bouviers, who answered questions on pet maintenance and show grooming, covering tricky topics like ears and feet.

Despite torrential rain, the Jamboree continued with other events such as a fun and games led by Georgina Ash-Rogers, which included an egg and spoon race, Pin the Tail on the Bouv, and a game that involved buckets of water (which were in plenty of supply), as well as another quiz, charades, and a Sunday tea complete with several homemade cakes.

Sunday afternoon culminated in a fun show organised by Hayley Jones and Sarah Gibbons and judged by one of the Jamboree’s hosts Dianna Jones. Classes included Best 6 Legs won by Bill Smith and Oscar the Bouv, Fancy Dress won by Jane Hitchcock and Bentley the Bouv, whose flag adorned costume was found to be very fitting for the jamboree theme, and Best in Show which went to the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Louie. Rosettes, donated by Sue Garner & doggie goody bags from Frances Jonas were presented to winners with treats for all from Fish 4 Dogs.

A Bouvier des Flandres merchandise stall was present throughout the weekend, which sold everything from Bouvier themed clocks to combs and bandanas and saw roaring business on both days.

The Jamboree was a huge success and everyone had a fantastic time, the wins at WKC adding to the weekend’s festivities. Many guests including the international visitors expressed their excitement for next year’s event and the club would like to welcome anyone who would like to get involved next time.

The Bouvier des Flandres Club of Great Britain would like to thank Margaret, Dianna, and David Jones for letting them use their beautiful farm grounds, and for making it a comfortable and fun event for everyone involved.