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Dog show begins today

All set: Government Arts College ground in Udhagamandalam getting ready to host the ‘2008 Dog Shows.’ –

All set: Government Arts College ground in Udhagamandalam getting ready to host the ‘2008 Dog Shows.’ –   | Photo Credit: Photo: D. Radhakrishnan

D. Radhakrishnan

456 dogs to compete in the all-breeds show

Udhagamandalam: Beginning Friday all roads in this holiday destination will lead to Government Arts College ground where elaborate arrangements have been made for organising dog shows of a high order for three days.

While the main course of the visual treat will be the 100th and 101st Championship Dog Shows of the South of India Kennel Club (SIKC) on Sunday, two shows of the Madras Canine Club will be held on Saturday and the Obedience Test of the SIKC on Friday.

The opening day will feature the Speciality Shows of the German Shepherd Dog Club of India, Coimbatore chapter, the Indian Boxer Club and the Labrador Retriever Club of India.

Stating that years of meticulous planning has gone into making the historic event memorable, the SIKC president, D. Krishnamurthy told The Hindu here on Thursday that the panel of judges include Gobardhan Patnaik of Cuttack, Lin Yang Hsien of China, C.V. Sudarshan of Chennai, Larry Yuen of Malaysia, Alex Zee of Taiwan, Carmen Haller of Canada and Thomas Y.H. Lim of Singapore.

Pointing out that a record number of 456 dogs will try to catch the eye of the judges in the all-breeds shows, he said that 61 will vie for honours in the Obedience tests.

Group

The dogs would be grouped under: Toy, hound, gun dog, terrier, utility, working dog and pastoral. The winning dogs in each category will figure in the final line up.

The winners will walk away with expensive silver prizes. Among those who have sponsored the trophies were The Hindu, the Maharaja of Mysore, the Maharaja of Baria and the Maharaja of Bhavnagar. Stating that the SIKC was steeped in history, Mr. Krishnamurthy said that it came into being in 1929 at Coonoor and nurtured by eminent personalities.

Pointing out that during the centenary show tributes would be paid to the stalwarts who had been instrumental in making the SIKC one of the best known dog clubs in the world, he singled out for praise two women, late Turner and late N.P. Cooper, who had been outstanding organisers of dog shows.’

Their personal touch will be felt for long, he added. The former chairman of the Kennel Club of India, S. Rangarajan, was a keen participant in the shows of the SIKC over the years, he added.

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