breed Open show 2022


Breed Open Show on Saturday June 18th at the Slane Castle in Slane County Meath and judge was Ms. Karen Mc-Farlane-Little (Bluebraes)

  • Best in Show – Rathcloon Highways N Byways (Orlagh Murray)
  • Reserve Best in Show -– Melgowd Stitched Up Love at Westlow (Des & Jo Glynn
  • Best Dog – Tamniarn Top O the Morning (Shauna McGroarty)
  • Reserve Dog –
  • Best Bitch – Rathcloon Highways N Byways (Orlagh Murray)
  • Reserve Bitch – Melgowd Stitched Up Love at Westlow (Des & Jo Glynn

GOLDEN TIMES AT HISTORIC SLANE Report and Photos by Paul Scanlon

 Once again we were off to a special venue for a show in these semi pandemic times and it was a pleasure to cover the All Ireland Golden Retriever Club Breed Open show on Saturday June 18th at the amazing Slane Castle in Slane County Meath where the club were blessed to be organising their Open show in fantastic surroundings which have so much history involved and which will be very familiar to many for the recent top artists concerts over the last few decades. A fascinating host venue for a show and a chat with the one and only Emer Mooney, who has been connected to and worked in Slane Castle with Lord Henry Mountcharles for decades and has seen everything , both good and bad that has happened there in this incredible place, gave a great overview of the Castle. The concerts held there, with among others, Queen, Bob Dylan, Guns N’ Roses, Bruce Springsteen and Thin Lizzy give you just a taste of how special a venue this is. No doubt that they were Golden days at Slane. Definitely a host venue to leave you in awe.
Over the years a few dog shows have been held there but this was the first one in a while and a lovely first for the Goldens who really were welcomed for their day. The beautiful lawn in front of the castle was perfect for the ring and there was an impressive entry of 69 Goldens for judge Karen Little who was on a first judging appointment in Ireland under IKC rules. Karen has been exhibiting her Bluebraes Goldens since being a youngster along with her Mum. There were 23 males and 46 females entered and it was great to see many members who were there to enjoy the day even though they are not regular serious exhibitor so a great connection with the pet Golden owners who the club encourage to be involved and what better way to enjoy a show than at the historic Slane Castle with the music of those famous bands and artists playing throughout the day as a reminder to the visiting exhibitors of the big days passed.
Katie Kelly gave a handling demonstration at the start of the day to help the less regular exhibitors and she also judged the Junior Handling classes before the breed classes kicked off with Karen. There was a retriever display at lunchtime which the audience and visitors found very interesting and it gave everyone a chance to see what the dogs do. Karen found her Best Male in Shauna McGroarty’s home bred Tamniarn Top O’ The Morning from the Open Dog class while Best Female was Orlagh Murray’s home bred Rathcloon Highways N’ Byways . The female went on to be Best in Show and it as the Reserve Best Female, Des and Jo Glynn’s Dutch imported Melgowd Stitched Up Love at Westlow who took Reserve Best in Show. The show was sponsored by the club’s good friends Petmania Navan and Aoife McGovern and Owen Rispin were back again with the club after their support at last year’s breed championship show in September in Navan Racecourse. A very enjoyable show with a welcoming atmosphere, great breed people and an historic venue all made for a lovely day in Slane. A great host venue for breed events and let’s hope we are back here again in some form soon. Congratulations to all the winners and to the officers and committee on a great show.
Photos by Paul Scanlon