Events

Tank and Karen Keeley Xmas 2013

Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend.  ~Corey Ford 

There are many fun things you can do with your cavalier. Many owners join training classes and compete in agility or obedience events.

One of the very few training clubs for Cavaliers is WEST CHILTINGTON CAVALIERS, a well known and long established Club for Cavalier Owners in Sussex that provides social events, fun agility, basic obedience, puppy socialization and all breeds dog training.

On this page we hope to provide up-to-date information about what you can do with your pet and what is going on in the Companion Cavalier World. Please let us know if there are other clubs or events that should be featured on on this page or through our News Page. 

 

 

Forthcoming events in 2017

 

RALLY TRAINING IN COVENTRY
Kate writes……..
A couple of years ago, members and others who live in or near Coventry enjoyed
monthly Rally obedience training classes with our Cavaliers. Our trainers, Sabby and
Jay, have offered to start the classes again at Radford and Holbrooks
Methodist Church hall, Rupert Road, Radford, Coventry CV6 3AZ – the next road to
the church hall where we have the Christmas party. We will share the cost of the hall
(£20 a session) between us. All owners of Cavaliers and other small breeds (whether
Companion Club members or not) are welcome; we hope to meet two Saturdays a
month, but everyone will negotiate which Saturdays these are, allowing for other
commitments and the Methodists sometimes needing to use their own hall!
For more information please contact Kate Hughes (tel. 024 7659 3694, email kate879@nullbtinternet.com).
Events already held in 2017
CAVALIER WEEKEND 2017
club weekend 2017 best trickFor the fourth year, the Companion Cavalier Club held its Fun Weekend at Copt Oak in Leicestershire on 16th-17th September.
The weekend includes games, a fancy dress competition, a fun dog show, a quiz night and Rally training. Camping in tents or caravans was available on-site while there are dog-friendly budget hotels nearby. Some people just came for the day. Although primarily intended for club members, non-members and their Cavaliers were also welcome.

 

There was a Hayling Island  beach mini meet on 24th August organised by Louise
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There was a successful mini meet at Richmond park on August 12th organised by Sandra.
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Members  enjoyed a very successful Beach Meet at West Wittering on Wednesday 21st June.

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agm 2017 Talk on the EPIC trial AGM 2017 grooming demonstrationOur very successful AGM and Members Day took place on 14th May at Lyne Village hall, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey. There was a very informative talk by Joao Loureiro, Cardiologist at NorthDowns Referrals, on the EPIC heart trial followed by a grooming demonstration and a wonderful buffet lunch.

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In the afternoon there was a Heelwork to Music Demonstration by Blue Merle Academy followed by practical advice on how to teach moves. The day finished with the usual fun games, including the popular sausage race

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A Midlands Walk organised Kate Hughes took place on Wednesday, 19 April at Hartshill Hayes Country Park near Nuneaton
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Sandra Collins arranged a mini meet for Easter Saturday at Richmond Park
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Events in 2016

A walk around Virginia Water Lake (approximately 4 miles) on Friday 30th December at 11.00 am was followed by a nice coffee at the Pavilion Coffee Shop.

 

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The Midlands Christmas Party took place on Sunday, 4 December at the Satchwell Scout Centre Radford, Coventry. Cavaliers and their owners enjoyed taking part in musical newspapers, potato and spoon and the sausage races. Every dog went home with a bag of treats from Santa Claus.

 

 

 

 

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October 2nd was the Hayling Island mini meet & Hon Sec. Sandra’s birthday

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Richmond mini meetOn Sunday 18th September Hon Sec. Sandra arranged a mini meet at Richmond Park.

 

 

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Sadly the beach meet  on 10th September had to be cancelled as the weather forecast was for heavy rain.

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Our Hon Secretary Sandra arranged a meet at West Wittering on Friday 19th August

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Our Hon Secretary Sandra arranged a walk around Virginia Water Lake on Sunday 31st July,

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There was a mini meet at West Wittering beach organised by Louise Riddiough on Wednesday 27th July.

 

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Melanie Magee arranged a meet at the Companion Dog Show at Shugborough Hall, Milford on Sunday 24th July.

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25th and 26th June were the dates for Dogfest at Windsor Park. Hon Sec. Sandra arranged a mini-meet on both days.

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THE VERY SUCCESSFUL CAVALIER SUMMER WEEKEND and AGM took place on 11th & 12th June 2016 at Copt Oak Memorial Hall and Field, Leicester.  

 

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Sheeples mini meet june 2016There was a successful mini meet  on 2nd June at Sheepleas

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On Sunday, 15 May Kate Hughes and Ruby took part in the Coventry Walkathon to raise money for Cavalier Matters, for health research. The Walkathon is a 1.75 mile circuit of a beautiful War Memorial Park.  Kate has a JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Kate-Hughes16 if anyone still wants to donate.

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Hon Sec. Sandra Collins arranged a Mini Meet on 7th May at Richmond Park.

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CM stand 2016The Companion Cavalier Club held the usual Annual Crufts Meet-up on Saturday 12th March.
For the last four years the Cavalier Matters Charity stand has been fundraising at Crufts. Thanks to the wonderful efforts of Tania and her team a magnificent sum of £6,400 was taken this year.
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Events held in 2015

Xmas 2015The very successful  Midlands Cavalier Christmas Party was held on Saturday 5th December

The Companion Cavalier Club represented cavaliers at the 2015 Pet Show on the 1st and 2nd August.  Cavalier Matters was there as our guest, waving the flag for cavalier health.

People enjoyed last year’s Cavalier Weekend at Copt Oak Memorial Hall and Field, Leicester, so much that we did it again this year on 11-12 July;

West Wittering Beach walk – committee member Louise Riddiough organised a mini meet for Wednesday 8th July.

Shirley Broomhead organised a  mini meet on Hayling Island on Thursday 11th June.

Saturday 9th May, Lyne Village Hall, Chertsey, Slough.  The Companion Cavalier Club AGM was followed by a fun afternoon of games with their dogs. AGM 2015 clever cavaliers team1

Cavaliers and families enjoyed a buffet lunch, followed by the AGM.  Grateful thanks to members of the Clever Cavalier Team for coming along to give advice and training tips and the use of their equipment. 

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Mini Meet with Grooming Demonstration,  Bridgnorth, Sunday 22nd February. Beverley Jones, one of the Companion Cavalier Club members arranged a demonstration and talk on bathing, coat care, product’s and brushes / combs.

Aled and Oliver’s Tribute Walk took place on Wednesday February 18th at Kenilworth Castle,

31st January….A wet and muddy but very enjoyable Mini Meet took place at Richmond Park. Regular walks now planned.

Our last event in 2014
Santa attended the West Midlands Christmas Party on Sunday 7 December.XmasTylerxmas Mia & her hat
Martha Pikes first Xmas

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Other events in 2014

On May 11th Companion Club members Kate Hughes, Jayne Mills and the Handley family, Carl, Caroline and daughter Emma, together with their Cavaliers (seven in all), joined 150 other walkers in the War Memorial Park on a grey, windy and cold day for the annual Coventry Walkathon.Emma Handley on the Coventry Walkathon 2014

 They did their circuit of the park (1.75 miles) at the leisurely pace of the oldest team member, soon-to-be-13 ruby Oliver, while the younger Cavaliers tore around off-lead. So far their sponsorship has raised almost £400, which goes to Cavalier Matters for health research. They can collect until next August, so you can still make a donations via www.justgiving.com/Cavalier-Matters. A big thank you to all who have already supported the Team..

Ann Trodd & BillyTHE CAVALIER FUN WEEKEND on 28-29th June proved to be a great success with over 50 people and 80 dogs booked in for all or part of the weekend. Members camped or stayed in local dog- friendly hotels and enjoyed games, the Club AGM, a quiz evening with fish and chips or pizza supper, a demonstration of working trials by the only Cavalier in the UK who currently holds a working trials qualification, and a fun dog show. There are more details on our news page.

On Tuesday 15th July Carol Repton arranged a very successful Mini Meet and picnic for our Surrey members at Sheepleas.

On Monday 28th July, Claire and Madeleine arranged a non-strenuous walk in
Coombe Country Park.
Walk August 8th 2014On Thursday 31st July there was a walk in Crackley Woods

Cavalier Matters team with Noel Fitzpatrick at Dogfest 2014On 9th August Companion Cavalier Club members and the Cavalier Matters stall were at the Dogfest in Surrey. Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick was very much in demand for photographs and autographs.
On Saturday 16th August there was a successful mini meet at Richmond Park, Surrey.
Also on 16th August there was the Annual Cavvy Walk at Warley Woods, Smethwick, West Midlands, where £75 was raised for the Cavalier Matters Charity.

On Sunday 24th August there was a meet at Fairland’s Valley Park, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

There was a Mini Meet on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August at Richmond Park.

Health Seminar. Inside the hallThe Companion Cavalier Club Health Seminar was held on 19th October at Fitzpatricks Referrals, Godalming, Surrey. Speakers included Dr Clare Rusbridge and Dr Penny Watson. This very successful event, which included a buffet lunch and a tour of the veterinary hospital, was well attended and much praised by those that attended.

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  Events held in 2013

Clever Cavalier Team

Clever Cavalier Team

Our first Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 10th February.  The Meeting was followed by a demonstration by the Clever Cavaliers Team, some light hearted games and a fancy dress competition. A full report and photos  is available on our news page.

 

The Cavalier Matters Stall Crufts 2013

The Cavalier Matters Stall Crufts 2013

On 7th – 10th March some of our members were at Crufts with the Cavalier Matters Charity stall, promoting the Club and raising awareness and funds for research and rescue.

The magnificent amount of £ 8,782.00 was raised by Tania and her Team.

First Cavalier Rally Obedience session
First Cavalier Rally Obedience session

 

Many members enjoyed the demonstration of Rally at the Cavalier Companion Club AGM and fun day, so a small group in Coventry decided they would like to meet up to have some fun with their Cavaliers doing Rally. Sabine and Jay Kanzaria offered to teach them and the first session was on 28th April. The meeting place was St Francis church hall, Links Road, North Radford CV6 3DQ,

Kate Hughes writes…………”I think our first Coventry Rally meeting can be considered a success – we had 9 humans and 16 Cavaliers. All had a go at the Rally course and some patient instruction from Jay.  Each session lasts from 2.30 to 5. The cost of hiring the church hall is £33.50, so we decided to split the cost equally between whoever is there on a particular Sunday, at roughly £4 each, so that the full sessions can help out the less well-attended sessions”

Coventry walkathon
Coventry walkathon

 

Some of our members raised the magnificent sum of nearly £650 for the Cavalier Collection Scheme: www.thecavaliercollectionscheme.org  by joining in the Coventry Walkathon on 12th May.

 

Hon. Secretary Sandra organised a mini-meet in Richmond Park on 25th May. See her report & photos on the news page

 

Star at the June 1st Meet

Star at the June 1st Meet

Zoe Ward arranged a very successful mini-meet on June 1st at the Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Warwickshire. See the report on our news page.

Mayor Melanie Magee at Bicester Carnival

Mayor Melanie Magee at Bicester Carnival

On the 29th June some of our members entered the Bicester Charity Carnival Dog Show which was raising funds for Medical Detection Dogs. We are proud to say our Companion Cavalier Club Member Melanie Magee is the Mayor of Bicester this year.

 

Summer Party 2013.5The 2013 Club Summer Party on July 7th was another outstanding success.  Eighty cavaliers, a few Honorary cavaliers in the guise of a Poodle, Cavapoo, Border Terrier and Japanese Chin, and one hundred Companion Club members and their families spent a wonderful Sunday relaxing, talking and eating in Tania & Graham’s beautiful garden. See the report on our news page.

 

On 11 August Jay and Sabine Kanzaria invited Companion Club members to join them at Markfield in Leicestershire for a barbeque in honour of Jay’s 50th birthday. About 20 members gathered, with 10 or so of their family members and friends and about 30 Cavaliers. In the morning Sabine and Jay ran a Rally Obedience competition and several cavalier owners arrived early so that their pets could have a go as well. In the afternoon they were joined by more members and enjoyed a delicious barbeque cooked by Jay.

COMPANION CLUB HEALTH SEMINAR

On Sunday, 22 September, 36 people and a number of Cavaliers gathered at the Kennel Club Building in the National Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh for the Companion Club Health Seminar. Most of those attending were club members but we were also glad to welcome some members of the Cavalier Club, including one of the Health representatives, Annette Jones. Committee members Sandra Collins, Tania Ledger, Karen Bernard and Lucy Alboni worked hard to ensure that the day ran smoothly and we are grateful to Tania for providing the delicious refreshments and buffet lunch.

The first speaker was Julia Sargent, Veterinary specialist-in-training at the Royal Veterinary College, who spoke on that scourge of Cavaliers, Mitral Valve Disease (MVD). The outline of much of what she said was already familiar to those who have nursed Cavaliers with MVD, But Julia’s diagrams and scan pictures brought it to life and showed very clearly what happens to the heart in MVD and the difference between healthy and diseased valves. She ended her talk with a discussion of the latest research into the causes of early-onset MVD, and there do seem to be some hopeful lines of enquiry. After her presentation Julia showed us how to check our dog’s pulse and listen to its heart, and then produced a number of stethoscopes so that many of the audience could have a go at listening to a heart murmur for ourselves.

After lunch Dr Imelda McGonnell, Senior Lecturer at the RVC, updated us on the fascinating research being done by her team on the development of the skull in Cavaliers. Her diagrams and photos comparing the normal, healthy development of the supra occipital bone, which contains and protects the back of the brain, with its development in Cavaliers in the uterus were indeed graphic. My own reaction on seeing pictures of the almost transparent sheath of cartilage found in stillborn and neo-natal Cavaliers, instead of solid bone, was amazement that we don’t have more problems to deal with. Only the firm covering of muscle prevents real damage to the fragile skull and the brain it encloses. Advances in the RVC research may now depend on being able to do post-mortem examinations on a few slightly older Cavaliers, but these are difficult to obtain at the speed required to remove and preserve the brain.

We had hoped that Lynn Burton, a CCC member who suffers from Chiari Malformation, would be our final speaker of the day but sadly she was not well enough to attend. However, she kindly made up her speech into a beautiful booklet that we were all able to take home. The Health Seminar ended with tea and a magnificent raffle (the prizes seemed endless!), and many have said how enjoyable and informative they found the day.

Our last event of the year took place on Sunday 8th December. The Companion Cavalier Club Midlands Christmas Party was held at St Francis Church Hall, North Radford Coventry. It was very well attended and greatly enjoyed by all those that went with their cavaliers. There was a present from Santa for all the dogs.

 The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog. 

Ambrose Bierce

 

Cavalier Party in OxtedFor those that enjoy the thought of meeting up with other owners at fun events, you may be interested to see some photos of our first Companion Cavalier Club Meet Up in July 2012.

We had hoped to meet at a RSPCA  Gala Day but unfortunately the venue became flooded. Tania and Graham kindly opened up their home to the members that made the journey and pictures of the very successful day can be seen on the Cavalier Party Page.

There is a video of the day here:

Many Veterinary Practices run regular BVA eye testing clinics and those dates are shown on this page 
Details of Companion Dog Shows in various parts of the Country can be seen on the Kennel Club website. These shows have special classes for members of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme.
If you need advice about anything from filling out entry forms to finding a training club in your area, we will help if we can. You can always contact us on our website form.

Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme

Sandra & Minnie Good Citizen Dog SchemeKennel Club Good Citizen Dog SchemeThe Kennel Club  founded their Good Citizen Dog Scheme in 1992 to help combat anti-dog negativity, promote socially acceptable dogs and create dog owners who are fully aware of their dog owning responsibilities

Your dog does not have to be Kennel Club registered to take part.  All dogs are eligible for this straightforward and non-competitive training scheme be they pedigree or crossbreed, young or old.
Read more about the scheme
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Companion and Fun Dog Shows Calendar

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