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Cavaliers come out to play
The first South Australian Cavalier Capers for 2019 will be held on Saturday 13th April.
Run by the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of SA Inc, this event is a popular, enjoyable day out for all adults and children who are owned by one or more Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. But anyone is welcome to come along for all or part of the day, even if they don't have a Cavalier in their life.
Spectators enjoy watching events at Cavalier Capers.
Cavalier Capers is a fun-filled, family-friendly event and will be held at the Beefacres Reserve, Pittwater Crescent, Windsor Gardens, starting at 10.30 am. This lovely venue includes plenty of large, shady gum trees, and if you bring along a picnic rug or some folding chairs you will be able to relax and enjoy the day, either competing in the events and games or watching from a shady spot.
Activities continue throughout the morning and early afternoon, so even if you can't come for the whole time you will be most welcome to pop along and enjoy yourself for a couple of hours.
Cavaliers in all four colours will be seen at Cavalier Capers.
A popular feature at the April Cavalier Capers is a mini show for pet Cavaliers, with classes for Cavaliers under 12 months of age, 12 months and under 3 years, 3 years and under 7 years, and 7 years and over. When these classes have been judged, all the first prize winners will be called back into the ring for the judging of the Best Cavalier of the day.
The winner of Best Cavalier on the day will be awarded a fringed, bi-coloured sash.
Classes will also be held for each of the four Cavalier colours, Black and Tan, Blenheim, Ruby and Tricolour, and will be followed by competitions for the best-groomed Cavalier, the Cavalier with the best weight and condition, and several fun events including Cavalier Most Like Its Owner, Best Matched Pair and Spin The Cavalier (which is similar to the party game, 'Spin The Bottle' but with a spinning wooden Cavalier pointer used instead of a bottle).
First, Second and Third place ribbons and prize bags of goodies will be awarded in every class and the Best Cavalier on the day will receive a large, fringed, bi-coloured sash.
The class for the best matched pair of Cavaliers is always popular.
For those feeling peckish around lunch time, barbecued food will be available, as well as delicious pancakes for dessert, and tea, coffee and cool drinks. The lunch break provides a good opportunity to check out the raffle prizes and purchase your tickets.
The ever-popular Trading Table will offer a selection of delicious cakes and biscuits, Cavalier knick knacks and memorabilia, dog grooming gear and a variety of other items. The best items are usually snapped up quickly, so it is a good idea to visit the trading table early in the day.
Visit the trading table early in the day to secure the best items.
An experienced breeder will be on hand to offer free advice on grooming and caring for your Cavalier, so if you have any questions please feel welcome to ask. The breeder will also be available to cut your Cavalier's nails for you and/or express its anal glands for a small charge.
Entry to Cavalier Capers is free and there is a small entry fee of $1.00 for each of the various events and competitions.
A parking area on the south side of the reserve provides ample space for cars and the venue and toilets are wheelchair accessible.
Competitors lined-up in the ring ready to be judged.
Please note that Cavalier Capers will be cancelled if, on Thursday 11th April, the forecast temperature for Saturday 13th April is 37 degrees or above, or if particularly wet or dangerously windy weather is forecast. If the event is cancelled a notice will be placed on the home page of the Club's web site and on the Club's Facebook page.