Great Greyhound Gathering: Eight Years and Running24 September 2014
Organised by the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT), the national charity tasked with finding loving homes for greyhounds that have retired from racing, the GGG attracts dog owners from around the country to take part in a dog show and fun day out. The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Cllr Ian Malcolm and the Lady Mayoress opened the show and welcomed some 1800 people to enjoy the activities.
Hundreds of greyhounds and other breeds were entered into the 33 show classes and did their best to claim a rosette by impressing judges Keith Thornton, Ann Raymond and Lynda Race. One of the GGG's top dog show classes is the RGT Retired Greyhound of the Year, kindly sponsored by Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Services Ltd. This class was won by Holly, a white and fawn hound homed from Perry Barr RGT and owned by Julie Beasley.
Another of the GGG's top classes is the Best RGT Branch Greyhound for Adoption, which is decided from a pool of RGT dogs available for adoption. This accolade was given to Jonni, a lively greyhound available for adoption from Wisbech RGT.
The GGG's ultimate show class is the Best in Show Greyhound, which was sponsored by Petplan. The top title was awarded to Thyme, a regal fawn male greyhound owned by Vicky Booth. This is the second year running that Thyme has won this show class and been named top dog.
The show was graciously sponsored by the Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Services, Coral, Cozies, Demontfort Delights, Dodson & Horrell, GRA ltd, Greyhound Board of Great Britain, Greyhound Breeders Forum, Kinsley Greyhound Stadium, Ladbrokes, Nottingham Greyhound Stadium, Orchard Vets, Peterborough Greyhound Stadium, Petplan and Yarmouth Greyhound Stadium.