125th Year Champ Show

125th Anniversary Championship Show 

125th Anniversary Championship Show

Sat 3rd & Sun 4th August 2013

The Venue

Principal Hayley Hotel

I realise that this may seem a long way off but I felt that I should start to announce a date for your diary next year 2013. As you are aware this will be The Old English Sheepdog Club's 125th Year and it is the clubs intention to hold a special weekend on the 3rd and 4th August. Our venue for this special show will be at The Alexandra House Conference Centre, Wroughton, nr Swindon

Alexandra House, Wroughton, nr Swindon

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The Venue Details

Hotel bookings will need to be paid to the hotel, but reservations must be sent to both the hotel and to Mrs Pauline Barnes (Secretary) Only those staying at the hotel will be able to attend the Dinner And Dance on the Saturday but the BBQ will be open to all.

This is a super venue with over 20 acres of outside area for our dogs. If we are unfortunately to have bad weather, judging will be held indoors but obviously it is hoped for good weather.

Saturday afternoon we will be having two seminars one on Nutrition by Roayl Canin and one on PCD by Antagene. There will also be a Dinner & Dance in the evening.

Sunday will see our Championship show with a BBQ and awards ceremony after the show. There will also be other attractions on the Sunday - still to be confirmed.

There is a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. The hotel have provisionally booked all of the hotel for us but it will be on a 'first come, first served' basis.

The Hotel has agreed to allow dogs into the hotel, but please, we would ask that you bring cages to to put your dogs in when left in the bedrooms on their own. As you can appreciate, to find a hotel that will allow dogs is very difficult.

Caravans and mobile homes will be allowed to park at the venue. There will be a small charge per night for this, which can be paid with the entry for the show.

Reservations should be made to the Hotel direct (Tel: 01793 819000), but I would appreciate it if those booking the hotel could also inform me as I need to keep a record of how many rooms have been booked at the hotel. Exhibitors need to inform the hotel so that rooms on the ground floor can be reserved.

Also maybe places of interest that people may wish to visit whilst in the area. e.g. The Steam Railway Museam. Avebury Stones. Stonehenge, Golf courses. Salisbury Catedral. On the Sunday is the Show. And afterwards a B.B.Q. with music and entertainment. Also awards ceramony.

Dinner / Dance and BBQ tickets will be booked with the club.

Pauline Barnes (Secretary) 
Tel: 07796144570


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Judge's Profile

Christine Barber


Christine Barber

"Hope she does not think this is an O.E.S"

For as long as I can remember I have lived with dogs, but it was not until 1965 that I owned my frist Old English Sheepdog. She came from the famous Shepton Kennels of Miss Florence Tilly and although her brother went on to become a Champion she did not enjoy showing at all. She did, however, produce some lovely puppies for me and thus began my serious involvement with the breed.

In 1974 I mated Bartines Precious Holly to Ch. Fernville Lord Digby and from this litter came Ch. Bartines Most Happy Fella at Jenards who was owned by Richard and Jenny Baker. He won Best of Breed at Crufts in 1977, Top Winning OES Male in 1976 and sired the one time Breed Record Holder Ch Jedforest Don Carlos. I also bred the Reserve Best Bitch at Crufts in 1980, Bartines Summer Serenade.

It was also in 1974 that I at last managed to persuade M/s Banks and Bentley to let me have a puppy dog from their lovely bitch Ch. Pendelfold Sweet Charity of Cinderwood. She had been mated to Ch. Aberfells Georgy Porgy and the resulting puppy for me was Ch. Cinderwood Great Gatsby of Bartine. This dog was Best of Breed Crufts in 1978, Top Winning OES in 1980, won  five Working Groups and was also a Supreme Best In Show at All Breeds Championship level. I also owned his son Spanish Champion Southview Colonel Bogey of Bartine whose litter brother and sister were both UK Champions. He also sired Champions in both Spain and Portugal.

My judging career started in 1974 and in 1976 I was approved by the Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates in the Breed. Since that time I have judged, amongst others, the First Championship Show of the Midland OES Club, the Northern Ireland OES Club and the OES Club of Spain. I have also judged in Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Czech Republic and Holland, including the Amsterdam Winnershow. The first championship Show of the Midland OES Club in 1980 was a special day for me as my co-judge was Mr. Norman Harrison of the famous Fernville prefix and on that day we had what we believed a breed record entry of 260 dogs making 468 entries. In 1988 I was also very privileged to be invited to judge the South Island OES Club Championship Show in New Zealand followed by the OES Club of Victoria Championship Show in Australia, a wonderful experience. 1993 saw me co-judging with Mr Stuart Mallard at the 10th Championship Show of the OES Club of Spain and the 6th Euro Old English Sheepdog Show, a fun filled weekend spent with Bobtail enthusiasts from all over Europe. Since then I have returned to Australia to judge the OES Club of New South Wales 25th Anniversary Championship Show and took centre ring again at the 9th Euro OES Show in Holland in May 1996.

The highlight of my judging career was Crufts 1996, but I have also very much enjoyed officiating at many other prestigious shows.


Bartines Old English Sheepdogs

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