To raise the profile of the barbet the club regularly attends events and shows where members of the public can see the dogs in the flesh and have the opportunity to talk to owners of the breed who can give a personal account of the pros and cons of owning a barbet. Listed below are some of the events the club has attended over recent years.
The Sporting Dogs arena
The CLA Game Fair 2010
The 2010 Fair was held at Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, with the barbet in the Sporting Pavillion and on display in one of the show rings. Please see the event review.
Judge Jacques Goubie with
Betsy, Ooli & Bonnie.
International Dog Show, France 2010
On the 12 - 13th of June we took some of the UK barbets to an International show in Douai, France; just over an hours drive from Calais. For an account of the trip please click here.
On display in the main arena.
The Game Fair 2009
Held in 2009 at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, the Club covered the whole three days of the event, taking part in displays, and manning our stall in the Gundogs Pavillion. With six barbets in attendance over the weekend it was a great opportunity for visitors to the Fair to be introduced to the breed.
Falconer in traditional dress with barbets.
The International Falconry Festival 2009
The International Falconry Festival featured falconers from over fifty countries and just as wide a variety of birds of prey. With many of the falconers in traditional dress the barbets present, brought to life a scene from history.
The Barbet Club stand
The Game Fair 2008
The 50th CLA Game Fair was held in 2008 at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire with the barbet making its first appearance at the event. Taking part for just the Sunday, a constant stream of people from all walks of life visited the Gundog Pavilion. Many stopped to admire the Barbets, amazed at how calm the dogs were in the hot and very crowded tent.
Barbet at the Beta gundog show
Beta Gundog Weekend 2007
The first public outing for the barbet in the UK was the Beta Gundog Weekend held at Claydon House, Buckinghamshire. It was a successful event with both barbets present proving to be excellent ambassadors for the breed and a good introduction to us for promoting the barbet or French water dog.