The 2013 CLA Game Fair
Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warks
18th - 21st of July 2013
The Dearest One – as herself
Him – The Weird one
Anouk – Another fabulous
Frenchy (but not as fabulous as me) yet!!
Subaru – A car
Tent – A camping thing
Annette – Odd small one
Ebene – Another fabulous
Frenchy thing (my Mom actually) Vive le France
Others – With Fabulous
Wendy – CEO of The Barbet
Club of Great Britain
Julian – Not the CEO of
anything really (but drove a cool V dub thing that melted
Melanie – Played the nice
person in the movie
Graham – Tent development
and construction expert
Lorraine – Potentially
Business woman of the year
David – Drove the jolly
big camper van thing – Winnie’s Tabago…sounds
like a bar in Jamaica
The early morning Peacock – Grrrrr……….
odd couple that live next door to us – HIM!!! The
mole catcher!! And his trusty sick one – no sorry
that should read side kick……..oops
Toilets – supplied by
Groan moan dump & smells of Cesspoolshire
Showers – by maybe &
maybe not Ltd (water)
Wendy for the organisation
Annette for putting up with us after the show at her emporium
down south somewhere
Graham for the Tent Construction
Julian for providing advice on petrol melting in V Dubs
Everybody else who took time out to help on the stand,
help show the breed to the wider world and of course to
make the whole event such a success
salute you all
cast of tens of thousands of bipeds
on set”……….”Thank you”………..
have just been to the CLA Game Fair and spent 4 days there
including 3 days being presented to tens of thousands
of my adoring fans. It was like a 1960s Woodstock festival
but with no rock bands, no music in fact, no ***, no drugs
and definitely no rock and roll. What is rock and roll
dogs do rock and roll?
it could have been a Glastonbury festival? But it most
see this Game Fair had no rain, no mud, no stuck humans
or cars and none of the above either!! So what was the
peeps I will tell you……..
Game Fair is all about the celebration of your fair land
and its countryside pursuits and historical handi-crafts,
it’s also all about fishing, shooting and guns and
clothes and stuff, there are 4 X 4 cars, food stands and
so much more.
there are millions of us lot (Canines)
are gun dog scurries of all shapes and sizes, training
techniques and achievements (or not) there are all sorts
of doggy stands and show rings and main ring and and and!!!!
hundreds of trade stands on just about everything countryside,
I even saw some straw bales, and fences and a horse….so
it’s definitely countryside
there was the Sporting Dogs Pavilion – and that’s
where Anouk and I were for the 3 days. And when we weren’t
we were being shown off in one of the arenas so that we
could introduce ourselves to the big wide world. I loved
surrounded the arena just to see me
about 30+ other breeds!!
of them were as French and Gorgeous as me (well OK then,
some were French but certainly not gorgeous)
just being the puppy was not alone as there was another
puppy there as well. But we did well considering the weather
(very hot) and all the noise and the people.
ALL us Barbets were just typically brilliant
the Sporting Pavilion we had our very own Barbet Club
of Great Britain stand and we took turns at being shown
had many visitors and nearly all of them had never heard
God’s sake what’s my Manager doing??? We’re
supposed to be promoted and famous and star struck……
here we were, promoting the breed and introducing us all
to an audience that will hopefully remember us and buy
our CDs and records and see us in our films and DVDs –
had a really good time though and it was nice to say Bonjours
to so many people. To be honest with you, my paws ached
at the end of the day from signing so many autographs,
and the photo’s they took of me – good grief
peeps they must have taken at least 11…….
And so to the start of it all………set
up camp!!! (Thanks Graham, I didn’t fancy sleeping
‘au naturel’ outside)
morning breakfast was supplied by Annette and cooked by
the weird one and attracted an admirer, not of him but
the bacon sandwich with eggs and sausage……my
mum Ebene got there first then a queue started….
the way, that bloody Peacock was somewhere in the wood
behind us and if I could have got my paws on it I would
have looked like a show girl afterwards with all those
here is the classic modern shot of the CEO of the BCGB
in Glastonbury mode and of course the V dub petrol melter
circa 19th Century (an antiques road show special)!!!
of course more of our wonderful breed – Vive Le
of course I had to have this taken of myself and Anouk
along with Ebene (my mom) and ruining the photo altogether
is my trainer, coach, Manager and feed us specialist The
Dearest One along with her trusty sidekick, Odd small
the background was one of the many tin top parks where
bipeds by the thousand filled them up from around 6am
and left around 8pm every day for the 3 days the show
God I am simply gorgeous…..I even fancy myself!!
now that I’ve given you a general idea of life on
the campsite, let’s go down into the show itself
and have a look at what we were there for………this
was a real laugh…..I loved this
all took our turns at being the show presenters from our
BCGB stand in the Sporting Dogs Pavilion. This was so
we could all get the chance over the three days to go
on walkabout and have a look around at all the other stands
and events that were happening at the show. And there
was so much of it to see, if any of you missed this year’s
Game Fair then why not come next year and see us.
year’s CLA Game Fair is at Blenheim Palace………the
birthplace of Winston Churchill who was as I understand
it, quite famous!!
a really beautiful setting and around the same dates as
this Game Fair. Book early to avoid any disappoint of
not being able to see me!!
Julian, Graham and Melanie entertain mass
crowds who flocked to see us Barbets……….Note
that Julian is holding one of us so we can whisper sweet
nothings in French to the audience
Sometimes of course things got serious and
here we see Julian explaining the meaning of life the
universe and everything to someone who was actually interested!!
think he may have also been explaining the virtues of
how wonderful we Barbets are and our fantastic history
and that there are only around 53 of us registered in
the UK and only 1500 ish in the world……..we
are more precious than a precious thing that’s rare
broke wind and pooped when I heard we’re entitled
to be on the endangered species list!!
to worry peeps…..I will just have to breed more
I digressed slightly………..pssst,
but where are the girls?
The Dearest One takes to the stage and entertains
a man with a growth around his face and two sets of glasses,
one he can see through and one his hat can see through
– how odd
it was the turn of the strange small odd one……
Looks like a Glastonbury left over…….dude
suddenly realising she was being filmed there was a moment
of sheer exuberance and excitement
The weird one got involved and this little exercise he
did with Anouk proved very popular because everyone loves
the puppy dog and Anouk being French, Gorgeous (but not
as gorgeous as me) and cute got many fans adoring her
and giving her loads of fuss.
I reckon he had another agenda!!!!
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest
of them all………
No it’s not the idiot in the blue stripes. He’s
about as fashionable as a drain cover
Here he is again, can’t believe they
let him on the Stand!!!
did we hear this time from his entertaining rhetoric!!!
one get one free” or
Madame would like French with her fries” or even
French, it’s a water dog, it doesn’t lose
its hair, it doesn’t smell all doggy it’s
rarer than a Giant Panda, comes in Noir, Au shocalate,
brown and white (ME) but we don’t have any metallic
colours – yet”
“And because of its coat, it can potentially reduce
allergies because it does not malt” – ‘so
there was this………..
There wasn’t room to write “And
small odd thing STILL sat in the corner…..dude”
you noticed she is still clinging on to that cup?? I wonder
what was in it!!!! It went everywhere with her………how
a while it got to some of our members, the crowds, the
pen time, the talking and walking and one of them (It
was Julian)!! Had to use his dog as a ‘watch out’
whilst he hid away to get some time on his own. But I
was there to capture the moment and I hope it doesn’t
get him into any trouble, and even if it does, I don’t
care. I’m a rare endangered species and can’t
be touched!! HA!!!
“Monsieur Julian, I see bandits at 2
O’clock” “stay down until they pass”
was he thinking? Oh Sacre Bleu
then peeps it was SHOW TIME in the sporting dogs arena
where to a packed capacity audience we were to be paraded
around so we could all strut our stuff……..sadly
we had our owners with us and they let us down a bit,
because they can’t strut, are not gorgeous and certainly
not French…….oh well, ce la vie!!
‘Walking the dog’…………..great
Roger Daltrey song by the way!!
“It’s a French thing”!!!
commentator is in the green shirt in the middle and is
explaining to the packed capacity audience all about us
lot and how amazing and wonderful we are
look at this……..
A pack of Barbets and some others!!!
look at the style – WE are style icons
others are just Emoticons by comparison
all too much for Julian as he twists his back and a nerve
goes in his right arm, small odd one looks over to laugh,
sorry, give some sympathy, The BCGB CEO on Julian’s
left couldn’t care less and Graham in the blue striped
shirt is thinking about quantum physics – how odd
Julian quickly recovers but still has a nerve issue with
his fingers, Annette is clearly pleased with Julian’s
progress whilst The Dearest One looks like she is about
to tell the paparazzi to go away!!! Lorraine is in the
red shirt with the Banditos hat and pink shoes, clearly
a fashion icon as all these business women tend to be
(note the red lead as well) very je ne se quoi!!!
later on it was time for the group photo……..
left to right:
Lorraine (Business Woman of the Year contender and fashion
Julian (now out in the open from behind the bales and
not so twisted)
Graham (Tent Development Engineer and all round good guy)
Wendy (CEO of the BCGB and a good egg)
Annette (Small strange thing, but a good laugh)
The Dearest One (my boss and another good egg, it says
here – in bold capitals)!!
in the Group photo:
David (Winnies Tabago driver)
Melanie (nice, quiet and sensible – it also says
The Weird One (Fresh from a desert trip in the middle
of nowhere and still got sand in his brain cell –
and still weird)
And of course all us Barbets……..this
would have been nothing without us!!
Claude, Eton, Rugby, Duplo, Obi, Ebene, Martha, Hallie,
Hope, Anouk, Esme & Demi
peeps, that’s it from me at this year’s CLA
Game Fair, Anouk and I had a really great time and it
was terrific meeting and greeting all our fans.
hope to be back next year at Blenheim Palace for the 2014
CLA Game Fair and all being well we will be there to see
you all again. If you couldn’t make it this time
then start planning for next year, WHY?
we’ll be back – BIGGER AND BETTER and with
more to show off about……….
is Claude Barbet for BCGB News signing off………
revoir peeps and see you next year……….
– this is like a Lord of The Rings trilogy”
“I can’t wait for the next installment”
CUT’ ‘Thanks everyone, that’s a wrap’