In aid of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club's Health Fund Appeal raising money for research into heart M.V.D.
Friends of the Cavalier have donated £3,341-81p to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club's 'Lub-Dub' Fund, thanks to everyone who came along to the Sponsored Dog Walk and Fun Show on Sunday 18th August with sponsorship and donations.

The setting was the grounds of Broughton Castle, near Banbury, the home of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele and their family.

The weather was perfect and with the Castle and moat as the backdrop, Mrs Susan Burgess, President of the Cavalier KCS Club, started the walk. The sight of hundreds of dogs and owners walking together around the Castle grounds was one to remember.

Mrs Burgess presented prizes of an original painting of Cavaliers together with Pedigree Chum complete dog food to those who raised the most sponsorship money on the day.

The Fun Show followed, judged by Christine Craik (Scobec, Banbury) who is the Honorary Secretary of Banbury & District Canine Association. Christine had some difficult decisions to make during the afternoon as the classes were very well supported by both pedigree and cross breeds.

The rosettes and prizes awarded for 1st to 5th places were hotly contested for in the 5 'fun' categories. Competitors really threw themselves into the 'Best 6 legs' class. Some had fancy dress for themselves and their dogs, while others had 'painted' their legs! As the Judge individually assessed the contestants, each received a huge cheer and applause from the ringside.

Cavaliers happily took the top 4 awards in the Waggiest Tail class, and the final line-up in the OAP class were all Cavaliers aged from 14 to 9 years.

As the afternoon progressed, winning dogs proudly wore the specially commissioned "Friends of the Cavalier" rosettes on their collars.

Rosemary Powell's 'Helping Hearts' stall did brisk business during the day, and Diane Seale was busy micro-chipping dogs at a specially reduced rate. Rosemary and Diane have both kindly donated all their profits to the 'Lub-Dub' Fund.

The Raffle table was overflowing with prizes, all kindly donated, including:-
Banbury Aerials - Video cassette recorder
Chicago Rock Café, Banbury - Meal for two
Easington Pub, Banbury - Meal for two
Paws Pet Shop, Banbury - Gift voucher
Margaret Carter - Cavalier model
Paul Follows - Champagne
Fiona Bunce - Cavalier print

Many people took advantage of visiting Broughton Castle and Tea Rooms. The Castle stands on an island site surrounded by a 3-acre moat. The original medieval manor house was built in about 1300 and was greatly enlarged between 1550 and 1600, at which time it was embellished with magnificent plaster ceilings, splendid panelling and fine fireplaces. The view from the roof is spectacular.

Ros, Pam, Eleanor and Janet (aka Friends of the Cavalier) would like to thank all those who helped to make this event so successful, but special thanks go to Lord and Lady Saye and Sele for allowing the use of their beautiful home, to Susan Burgess for giving her valuable time and support, Pedigree Chum for their sponsorship of the prizes, all those who generously donated to the raffle, and not forgetting the excellent team of helpers without whom none of this would have been possible.

Friends of the Cavalier raised money for this research project two years ago, and £7000 is already held in the Cavalier Club's 'Lub-Dub' Fund from their past fund raising events.

The £3,341-81 from this event now brings the total raised by the Cavalier KCS Club's 'Lub-Dub' appeal up to the £17,000 required to sponsor an MSc student for 2 years to work on a research project into heart disease in the breed.

The research which the funds raised will support will be undertaken by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in collaboration with the University College, Galway. The project will undertake important research to find why heart cells that are important in maintaining healthy valves fail at that task, and to look to find the triggers which start the disease process with the hope that in time it will be possible to prevent or reverse the disease.

Broughton Castle
£3341:81 is the final Grand Total raised towards the "Lub Dub" Fund.
Friends & Susan Burgess
Friends of The Cavalier and Mrs Susan Burgess
Fun ShowFun Show
Fun Show
Lets Walk
"Lets Walk"
The Winners of "Most Sponsorship Money Raised" included 3 Club Members.
The winners were:

1st: Marilyn Pipkin, Leamington,Spa - £500:00 with CKCS ChiChi
2nd: Lana Turner, Oxon - £350:50 with CKCS Amy
3rd: Gay Lowe, Lichfield - £150:00 with CKCS Lavender
4th: Charlotte Russell, Daventry - £142:00 with CKCS Boycie
Marilyn Pipkin receiving 1st prize
Marilyn receives her prize from Mrs Burgess
The "Best Six Legs" Competition
The Judge
Christine Craik (Scobec, Banbury) starts judging

Judging Starts
Judging starts!
Contestants wait their turn
Poetry in Motion
"Six Legs" in motion
The Wiiners
The Winners
Full Results
Judge: Christine Craik (Scobec, Banbury)
Class 1 Handsomest Dog
1st Billie CKCS Mrs Julie Elsey, Lutterworth
2nd Barney X breed S. Reas
3rd Harvey CKCS Steve Handy, Napton, Warwicks
4th Sweep CKCS Laura Owen, Hednesford, Staffs
5th George GSD Lucy Koster, Balsall Common
Class 2
Prettiest Bitch
1st Molly CKCS Simon Jones, Corwen, N.Wales
2nd Carri LAB K. Smalley
3rd Roamer CKCS Betty Loughridge, Coventry
4th Molly CKCS L. Matthews, Banbury
5th Bailey X breed K. Smalley
Class 3 Waggiest Tail
1st William CKCS Judy Hutchinson, Wellesbourne
2nd Lily CKCS Theresa Smith, Birmingham
3rd Cameron CKCS J. Kirkham, Banbury
4th Penny CKCS Betty Loughridge, Coventry
5th Chips Springer Spaniel Joan Nicholls, Banbury
Class 4 OAP Over 7
1st Polly CKCS
14 years
H. Bartlett, Richmond
2nd Bertie CKCS
13 years
L Nash, Chipping Warden
3rd Georgie CKCS
9 years
Marilyn Pipkin, Leamington Spa
4th Lucy CKCS
12 years
Mrs Flux, Banbury
5th Poppy CKCS
11 ½ years
R. Pinfold
Class 5 Best 6 Legs
1st Nutmeg CKCS Dennis Smith, Birmingham
2nd Lilli CKCS Theresa Smith, Birmingham
3rd Ebonie CKCS Sam Baker, Sutton Coldfield
4th Jack Gt. Dane Mr D. Ward, Banbury
5th Purdy KCS Anne East, Sutton Coldfield
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