Four days of dogs
A national dog show will be held in Marlborough next year, the first time organisers have held the competition outside one of the main centres.
The 65th Black Hawk National Dog Show will feature close to 1400 dogs from more than 120 breeds competing across three disciplines; conformation (purebred dog showing), agility and obedience.
The four-day competition set down for October 2019 at the Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 is expected to be a massive boost for Blenheim businesses.
Dogs New Zealand president Nigel Trainor said the national dog show was the organisation’s premier event each year.
This would be the first time it had been held outside the wider Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch areas.
‘‘We certainly share the enthusiasm of Marlborough District Council without whose support we would not have been able to schedule the show in a smaller centre,’’ Trainor said.
‘‘We are well aware of the benefits of the greater exposure able to be attained in a region such as Marlborough and truly believe its residents will embrace our programmes and activities ... Given New Zealanders’ love of man’s best friend we relish the opportunity to promote our active, healthy and wellmannered dogs in Blenheim in 2019.’’
The Dogs NZ team in Wellington had already worked with Marlborough members to view the stadium layout and thought it was ideal for exhibitors to showcase their dogs.
Marlborough Mayor John Leggett said it was great to know the national dog show was coming to Blenheim next year because it would bring an influx of visitors to the region.
‘‘An event of this scale will be a real highlight for Marlborough’s spring events calendar,’’ he said.
‘‘With all the competitors, sponsors and spectators who travel to this national competition, we can expect a busy few days for our hospitality sector and retailers. It will be a boost for the town’s businesses – but it will also be great fun for local dog lovers like me to enjoy.’’
Montana Lodge Motel owner Bryan Cresswell said they were one of the few accommodation providers in Blenheim that welcomed pets.
‘‘We have a wee dog ourselves ... Our motel covers a huge area. The river is close-by and we have a good patch of grass.’’
Owners often had cages on the back of utes or even specially designed trailers for their dogs to stay in.
‘‘There’s an extra charge if the dog stays in the room,’’ Cresswell said.
After a pair of Great Danes came to stay recently, Cresswell had tightened the criteria for which dogs could stay though.
Dogs NZ director secretary