The Yeovil Show is to welcome back The Yeovil and District Canine Society Dog Show (YDCS) after nearly 70 years. The YDCS is one of the largest, Premier dog shows in the South West attracting many Crufts qualifying dogs amongst its competitors.
This will be the first time the YDCS has brought the show to its hometown in 30 years.
No venue has been large enough to accommodate the dog show which attracts up to 1,000 dogs, as well as their owners, vehicles and show equipment until the Yeovil Show arrived back in town last year after a fifty year absence.
The Yeovil Show takes place on its own 120 acre Showground just on the edges of the town centre and the lower field where the Rugby Club is based will provide ample and dedicated space for the dog show each year.
The YDCS Dog Show is steeped in history and heritage and earliest records date it back as far as 1904. Between 1904 -1919 The Club was known as Yeovil & District Canine Society and it is believed that the first shows were held with the then Yeovil Show. The Club then changed name and show records unclear. The Club re-appears in the Kennel Club records in 1938 under the original name Yeovil & District Canine Society. Further records indicate that its Open Shows were held with Yeovil Agricultural Society in the 1950's before moving on again.
The official, Kennel Club competitions will take place on Saturday 15th July and The Best of Breed of some of the scheduled competitions will automatically become a qualifier for Crufts 2018. There will be plenty of dog-related activities and competitions also taking place on Sunday 16th including demonstrations and a rescue dog qualifier class for Martin Clunes’ Buckham Fair at the Companion Shows being held on both days.
Commenting on the location of the show, Secretary of YDCS Jacky Ash said: ‘It’s just fantastic to have a suitable venue in Yeovil, the true heart and home of our society, that’s big enough to accommodate us. It’s also exactly the right kind of event for us to be part of. Being integrated into the Yeovil Show will grow our audience significantly and visitors to the Show will have the opportunity to meet and greet a number of existing Champions in the dog world, as well those of the future at our Meet Our Breed event on the Sunday.’
Sam Mackenzie Green, Yeovil Show Event Director said: ‘Original records suggest that dog shows were very much part of the original Yeovil Show and indeed, an annual event that significantly increased the profitability of the Show. Yeovil remains very much a town of dog lovers and we hope this event will become synonymous with the Yeovil Show in years to come.’
The Companion Shows, sponsored by Delaware Veterinary Group, will have classes with something for everyone including ‘Most Appealing Eyes’ and ‘Dog With The Waggiest Tail’. Emily Trent, Practice Manager at Delaware in Yeovil said ‘We know from the amount of customers we have at our practice that Yeovil is a dog loving county town and we are delighted to be supporting an event that will have such appeal to the local community.’
Further information about the line-up for this year’s Yeovil Show available at www.yeovilshow.org