Yesterday (Thursday 1st December) The Irish Greyhound Board and The Irish Kennel Club, announced details of their joint social and sporting event for retired racing Greyhounds. This event will introduce retired racing Greyhounds and their owners to the “Show Ring” and the services of The Irish Kennel Club.
The launch will see the Irish Greyhound Board come together with The Irish Kennel Club to show enthusiasts that once a greyhound has finished it’s racing life there are other contests for them to enter. There will be local heats organised by The IGB in tracks in Curraheen Park, Cork and nationwide from December to February where retired racing Greyhounds will be judged by Kennel Club rules for qualification to a national final that will take place on 17th March 2012 in the National Show Centre, Dublin.
Local Heats are for “retired” Greyhounds only, which have been registered with the ICC and have official race or trial form but are now registered as retired. All owners looking to participate can enter with the Irish Greyhound Board, who have established a special entry form for this event. It is not compulsory for Greyhounds to be registered with the Irish Kennel Club for the “local shows” but all exhibits at the National Show must be registered with the IKC.
The Irish Kennel Club have set a provisional standard for the first event, which will be reviewed in April 2012. Judges will be looking for many outstanding qualities in the retired Greyhounds such as a lively nature, built for speed, be self assured and confident in temperament, well developed and muscular hindquarters and a long thin tail in proportion to the rest of their body. A full and detailed list of the judging and qualification standard is available from The Irish Kennel Club.
Speaking at the launch, Barry Coleman, Welfare & Racing Operations Support Manager of The Irish Greyhound Board said, “ Through our welfare department we are always looking for ways to ensure retired greyhounds are looked after in the same way racing greyhounds are cared for. This new event will give the dogs and their owners and trainers a new competitive outlet, keeping them involved on both a social and sporting level with the Greyhound community.”
He continued, “We look forward to the local heats that will take place from December to February and the inaugural final on the St. Patrick’s Day in 2012. We are sure the standards of The Irish Kennel Club will see this becoming one of the most prestigious dog events in Ireland in the future.”
“The Irish Kennel Club are delighted to be associated with the Irish Greyhound Board in this joint venture for retired racing greyhounds. This nationwide event will help to promote the IKC’s long term commitment as it will be creating a new section within its organisation for these greyhounds offering its services, titles and promoting the retired racing greyhound as a pet and companion. Thanks to Gain for their generous sponsorship and continued support. “ said Nick Hammond of The Irish Kennel Club at today’s announcement
John Fox from GAIN Feeds, the event sponsors also commenting on the announcement said: “We are delighted to be involved with the IGB and the IKC in this initiative . We launched a complete food for retired greyhounds two years ago and since then we have been actively promoting the re-homing of retired dogs, and ensuring they have the correct nutrition in their retirement. We are looking forward to the competition at all the Greyhound Stadia around the country and especially looking forward to the final at the IKC show Centre in Dublin on St. Patricks Day, where GAIN is the main sponsor”.