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Border Terriers 2020

Due to the corona virus pandemic Border Terriers 2020 has been further postponed to 2022,  from 29th April to 2nd May 2022.


The Joint Border Terrier Clubs' Championship Show will now be held on Saturday 30th April 2022, Judge Miss Elspeth Jackson (Clipstone)


Update press release on 21 December 2020:




New dates – April 29 to May 2, 2022


The Committee of Border Terriers 2020 regrets to have to announce the postponement of its event by a further year until May 2022. This decision has been unanimously arrived at because of the current uncertainties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new date will be April 29 to May 2, 2022. It has already been established that the venue at the Border Union Showground at Kelso is available and that the scheduled championship show judge Elspeth Jackson has agreed to officiate on the revised date. The date currently appears to be free of other conflicting activities, but final ratification of the changed date will still have to be obtained from the Kennel Club. 

The Committee recognises that delaying what were originally meant to be Centenary celebrations by yet another year, does seem odd but the reasons for coming to that conclusion are as follows:

  • The latest Covid-19 developments and the vaccination programmes in the UK don't look as though they're going to create a situation which will be able for sure, to be called anything like ‘normal’ in the first half of 2021.
  • The situation in many overseas countries and for international travel looks just as unfavourable.
  • There is a great likelihood of people having to continue to wear masks and observe some social distancing rules throughout most of 2021.
  • Though it would probably be possible to run an ordinary outdoor show at Kelso on the previously arranged May 2021 date, the Committee feels that that is not really good enough because so many other aspects of the event have been planned.
  • The Committee has from the start intended to make this occasion something very special, and with a real international flavour. It has come to the conclusion that it is highly unlikely that people will be moving around the world as normal by May of 2021.
  • Brexit too is currently making people nervous about moving dogs in and out of the UK until the rules are finally sorted out.
  • The option of simply moving to later in 2021 was considered but trying to get sensible dates for that with the now crowded UK show calendar, and with some clubs running more than one championship show next year, is likely to make finding dates extremely difficult.

For all of those reasons the Committee has agreed to abandon the idea of holding what might well end up as a sub-optimal event in May 2021, in favour of delaying the whole event by a further year to 2022 and making it the very special occasion that has been planned right from the start. The event is meant, after all, to be a celebration of the breed, so it does not really matter that it is delayed further from  2021 to 2022.

Euan Castel Secretary of the event said: “It is recognised that lots of people do want to get going again with shows, and of course that made going ahead in 2021 quite tempting for us. However, the Committee doesn’t think that doing so would be sensible for our particular event. It was always meant to be a very special occasion.

“Please take a note of the new dates - 29th April to 2nd May 2022 - when hopefully we will all be able to meet socially in a normal and enjoyable way in what we all hope will be a unique festival celebrating the Border Terrier in all of its various aspects.”

Further details will be updated in due course.



  Please see Border Terrier 2020 website for further updates.


BORDER TERRIERS 2020, Update 6 January 2020:-




As part of its fun activities Border Terriers 2020 intends to organise an informal team competition on the second day of the event - Sunday May 2nd.

The competition will be run on a points basis, and there will be two judges.

To compete, each team will need to contain one of each of the following:

  • Puppy Dog aged 6 - 12 months
  • Adult Dog aged over 12 months
  • Champion Dog
  • Puppy Bitch aged 6 - 12 months
  • Adult bitch aged over 12 months
  • Champion Bitch


The dogs need not be related and anyone who wants to enter can put together their own team of dogs and handlers. They will be asked to give their team a suitable name for the occasion. There is no fee for entry, but the maximum number of teams will be twelve and team entries will be accepted on a ‘first come first served’ basis.


Potential Team Leaders are asked to contact Ronnie Irving as soon as possible at:

DANDYHOW.KSUT@gmail.com .





We are pleased to announce that the 'Border Terriers 2020' celebrations will be held at the

Springwood Park and Hall, Border Union Showground, Kelso.

The date is now confirmed as May1st  to May 4th 2020.


Set in 40 acres of parkland the venue will provide the ideal infrastructure to stage our event.

  • Kelso is within a 90 minute car journey from Carlisle, Newcastle and Edinburgh
  • Ideal base to explore 'Border Country'
  • Caravan and Camping facilities
  • Good hotel facilities in the town and surrounding area

Euan Castel, Secretary of 'Border Terriers 2020' said ''The Border Union Showground at Kelso is well known to dog exhibitors as the home of the annual Border Union Championship show and the team at the Border Union Agricultural Society (BUAS) are well versed in hosting numerous events throughout the year'' he added ''Kelso is an ideal location, being some 4 miles from the actual Border, and will provide a good base for those visitors wishing to etend their stay and explore the nearby Border Country and further afileld.''

Looking to the next steps ''The BT2020 committee will now be working on a detailed plan of events, liasing with local accommodation providers, fund raising activities including merchandise, all of which we intend to share on our Facebook page and a dedicated website in the latter half of 2016''


For more information and enquiries please contact:

Euan Castel, euancastel@talktalk.net





For the Border Terrier world the year 2020 will mark the centenary of a number of key


• The breed’s official recognition by the Kennel Club in the UK

• The writing of the first official breed standard

• The first show at which Kennel Club Challenge Certificates were on offer

• The founding of the Border Terrier Club


The seven UK clubs for Border Terriers have decided, even at this early stage, that when the time comes around these centenary achievements should be celebrated by staging a very special event entitled ‘Border Terriers 2020’. A working group has been set up by the clubs to plan and organise the occasion and raise funds to make it an event to remember. That group has already had an initial meeting

The provisional date for the event has been pencilled in for the weekend of May 1 to

May 4, 2020.

The search is now on for a suitable location likely to be in Border Terrier country and

plans for the occasion include:

• An international conference on the breed

• A championship show

• Match competitions

• Grooming Workshops

• Terrier Racing

• A companion dog show

• Agility competition and have a go sessions

• An exhibition of Border Terrier art and memorabilia

• Border country visits

• Social events including an evening buffet and a dinner/dance.

Through their local breed clubs, Border Terrier enthusiasts from all over the world will be invited to attend.

Euan Castel, Secretary of ‘Border Terriers 2020’ said: “We are hoping that these celebrations will be attractive to all Border Terrier fans whether they are pet owners or breeders, show or work followers or agility and obedience enthusiasts. We will be inviting people and their dogs from all over the world to come and celebrate a century of our wonderful breed in the area where it was developed. They should all now pencil the first weekend in May 2020 into their forward diaries.”

Looking to the nearer future he added: “We hope that before long we’ll have set up a Facebook Page for ‘Border Terriers 2020’ and then shortly thereafter a web page. These pages will keep everyone up to date with our plans and hopefully breed clubs and organisations devoted to the breed all over the world will eventually give links to these ‘Border Terriers 2020’ pages.”

Note : Ideas for the event and enquiries can be sent to:

Euan Castel, euancastel@talktalk.net


NB: A Facebook page Border2020 has been set up, aplly for membership.



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