Chiswick House Dog Show 2023 – in pictures

Image above: ‘Prettiest bitch’ at Chiswick House Dog Show 2023

Chiswick House Dog Show 2023

Guest blog by Jan Preece

The 19th annual Chiswick House Dog Show took place on Sunday 24 September – and the cricket pitch at Chiswick House was awash with dogs and their owners!

This community event, organised by a committee of 12 dog-loving local volunteers, has gained a huge following over the years, and people (and their dogs) travel miles to visit the show.

There are 18 classes, held in three rings, which range from ‘Naughtiest Dog’ to ‘Best Looking Bitch,’ and from ‘My Dog’s got Talent’ to ‘Waggiest Tail’.  Surrounding the rings are 70 different stalls – commercial, charity and catering – and (at great public demand) the ever-popular Doggy Dash, manned by staff and volunteers from the Dogs Trust Re-Homing and Adoption Centre at Harefield.

Each class in the show is sponsored – mostly by ‘locals” (ArtsEd, Chiswick Art School, Chiswick Salon, Falcons Pre-Prep Chiswick, Gavin Jones, Insider Dealings, Sipsmith, Strand-on-the-Green Dental Practice, Sam’s Riverside), with the rest being sponsored by some of the regular stall-holders. This year, the ‘Green Room’ was sponsored by Sam’s Riverside and the programme sponsor was The London Stove Company.

Winners of each class were given a prize, Dog Town grooming voucher and a large pink 1st rosette, whilst the runners-up receive a large blue rosette. An innovation this year was the award of six “Highly Commended” rosettes – which meant that more owners left the ring happy!

The theme of this year’s show was the 60th anniversary of Dogtor Who – and a selection of some of the celebrity judges had at some time performed in the well-known TV series.  One in particular – Bonnie Langford – is also a star of the forthcoming 2024 Dr Who – and she was joined by actors, Kevin McNally, Adam James, Sara Stewart and long-time Ealing resident, John Leeson (the original voice of K9!).

Video of the dog show 2023 on Youtube (produced, filmed and edited by Julie Ritson):

Celebrity judges return to judge the show

All the other celebrity judges, including our ‘regulars’ Neil Dudgeon (Midsomer Murders) and Harriet Thorpe (new landlady of the East-Enders’ Queen Vic), were joined this year by actors, Leslie Nicol, Hannah Waddingham, Andy Nyman, Alistair Petrie, and Maria Kesselman, as well as Heart Radio presenter Pandora Christie, and restaurateur Oliver Peyton, all of whom entered into the spirit of the show.

The ever-popular, Michael Ball judged (with Bonnie) ‘My Dog’s Got Talent’ and then helped the main sponsors of the show (from John D Wood, Dog Town and Wolfe Vets) to judge ‘Best in Show 2023,’ which was won by Ameerah, owned by Sonja Humphries.

The event itself has been sponsored for the last eight years by John D Wood, and the three rings are now regularly sponsored by Butternut Box, Dog Town and Wolfe Vets, all of whom have stalls at the show, and enjoy being able to meet up with their clients in a more relaxed and enjoyable way.

A new innovation this year was a “Dog’Bola” (sponsored by Barlow & Co) – with an amazing array of prizes that were donated by stallholders and local businesses. It was hugely successful – and a very big THANK YOU to all those who gave us the prizes, and also to St Michael’s and All Angels who loaned us their drum!

A large number (185!) of volunteers help at the show: some of these do a couple of hours, others spend the whole day.  They come in all shapes, sizes and ages – and all volunteer for different jobs – ‘setting up’ the show early in the day, traffic management, helping on Registration, working on the bar, pho’dog’raphy in the rings, marshalling the judges, being a steward in a ring, litter-picking, or helping to dismantle and pack away all the Dog Show gazebos and equipment.

The show is organised by a committee of 12 dog-loving locals volunteers, all of whom regularly walk their dogs in the beautiful and varied grounds of Chiswick House, and funds raised from the Dog Show go towards the maintenance and upkeep of these grounds – as well as to other ‘dog-related’ projects within the grounds.

Over the years they have provided funds for doggy bag dispensers, a golf-buggy for the ranger, railings around the cricket pavilion as well as the “humans only” area, hoggin paths, upkeep and refurbishment of the dog poo bins, as well as general maintenance of the shrubs and trees to keep the environment safe for the people who walk their dogs there.

Gallery of photos

Images above: Ring 2, a  happy winner of ‘Prettiest Bitch, 3-4 years’; photos Shelley Waldman – Instagram @shuttershelly

Images above: Owner of best male puppy (Waffles), a highly commended competitor

Images above: Harriet Thorpe judging ‘Fancy dress for adults + dog’ with John Leeson – the original K9, Local residents Kevin McNally and Neil Dudgeon Trying to make a decision on who wins ‘Handsmest dog 3-4 years’!

Images above: Hannah Waddingham and Alastair Petrie judging ‘Best Youngster Bitch 1-2 years’, Leslie Nichol and fellow judges deciding who wins ‘Best Male Puppy’ – photo John Fegan – Instagram @jsfega

Images above: Michael Ball with Bonnie Langford judging ‘My Dogs Got Talent’, Michael Ball with winner of ‘Best in Show’ – Ameerah with her owner Sonja Humphries

Images above: Shows Wolfe vets and dog town, Dogbola, young volunteers

The 2023 winners in each category 

Class Dog Owner/Handler
Waggiest Tail Archie Alex
Prettiest Bitch, 5-8 years Olive Sophie
Handsomest Dog, 5-8 years Leo Maggie
Best Rescue Ameerah Sonja
Best Youngster Dog, 1-2 years Buddy Geoffrey
Best Youngster Bitch, 1-2 years Ella Loch
Best Young Handler, 7+ years Tamino Tallulah
Prettiest Bitch, 3-4 years Nala Valentine Una
Handsomest Dog, 3-4 years Oni Elena
Best Puppy under 12 months, bitch Dora Ian
Fancy Dress, adults + dog Harry Blue
Best Puppy under 12 months, dog Waffles Nicole
Best Veteran, 9+ Rocky Paulina
Best Groomed Arlo Christine
Fancy Dress, children + dog Skye Hugo
My Dogs got Talent Lola Alex
Naughtiest Dog Poppy Van
Best in Show Ameerah Sonja

Jan Preece is the organiser of the Chiswick House Dog Show.