BEST IN SHOW: The Southern Downs is an ideal place to facilitate dog shows.
BEST IN SHOW: The Southern Downs is an ideal place to facilitate dog shows.

Shows a doggone good idea for Warwick

England has Crufts, the US has the Westminster Kennel Club, could the Southern Downs have a stand-out dog show to attract tourists to the region?

Southern Downs Regional councillor Cameron Gow believes the idea is worth investigating.

Cr Gow said it was while he was on holiday in Noosa that he got talking to some dog show enthusiasts who had recently attended a show in NSW and invested in the area.

“They took their dogs in an airconditioned trailer. They stayed there and dined at the local restaurants,” he said.

Cr Gow said the region already has sheep dog trials and some dog shows attached to annual agricultural shows.

“It’d need a subcommittee of the show society. It’d require some information gathering – how to get on the circuit, where to get a judge. It’s just another idea for the region.”

Killarney Show Society president Jan Hamilton said a dog breed show was run at its agricultural show until 6-7 years ago and they would be open to considering it again.

Allora Kennel Club president Pamela Brown leads a team who run dog breed shows each year including two weekend events that attract 350-400 people and their dogs.

“It’s been going for 20 years and has a pretty good following,” she said.

“They do bring people to the area.”

Ms Brown also runs the dog breed show at Warwick Agricultural Show and is an all dog breeds judge who judges at dog shows around the world.

She said Stanthorpe may be a place to hold a show but the problem was getting qualified people to do the work organising it and covering costs.

Attracting notable judges from overseas was one way of attracting larger crowds, she said.

A Dogs Queensland spokeswoman said there was a bit of scope for further dog breed shows but it would have to be run by someone with the knowledge and experience to do so, affiliated with the organisation and with judges registered with Dogs Queensland.

Ms Brown said with dog breed shows scheduled with Dogs Queensland for 2020 and judges needing to be booked five months in advance planning may be best targeted at a show in 2021.

A Stanthorpe Show Society spokeswoman said there hadn’t been a dog breed show at the Stanthorpe showgrounds for years but they did have the facilities to cater for one.

She said the showgrounds had a big hall, indoor and outdoor facilities as well as parking and camping facilities.



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