A week today I will be packing up my photographic equipment, printing off last minute forms and wishing I was more organised, and finding my thermals! The Living Heritage Game & Country Fair series starts again with the Thoresby Fair on 2nd and 3rd March.
Living Heritage Fairs are an absolutely fantastic day out for the family: there are gun dog displays and scurries; demonstrations of anything and everything you can imagine from falconry to ferrets to fishing; shooting, woodcarving, crafts of all types imaginable, a great little funfair for the kids and loads more. (See their website for full details)
And of course, there is the Gillies Leap Fun Dog Show – run by the amazing Andy Collins, open to any dog and any owner! Classes range from ‘Best Dog’, ‘Junior Handler’, ‘Best Coat’ through to ‘Waggiest Tail’, ‘Fastest Bonio Eater’ and ‘Best Asbo’. Top tip (and don’t let on that I told you): if you’re male you won’t stand a chance in the ‘Best Six Legs’ because Andy always judges that one, but I highly recommend the ‘Dog Most Like Its Owner’ class, where we’re never sure if giving someone a red rosette is a compliment or an insult!
I started working with Gillies Leap Fun Dog Shows through a chance meeting at the Kedleston Hall Country Fair last April. I was doing dog agility at the time and Andy was in the ring next door. (Who am I fooling? Andy was in the bar tent next door!!) He needed a photographer to do his publicity shots and provide prizes for the overall winner of the dog show each day; I was just starting out in business and needed dogs to photograph – it was a win:win situation, and we soon discovered that everyone is very generous and willing to donate an extra pound to the rescue charity we are supporting in order to enter a draw and possibly win their dog’s portrait for free. I did the rest of last year’s shows with him and am really excited about the season ahead.
The first show, Thoresby, is just over in Nottinghamshire, so if you’re a Derbyshire reader, that is really not far at all! (I love that the first one is so local because it means I get to duck out of camping until the frosts are over)
Come along and support us! And in supporting us you’re also supporting the rescue charities who benefit from the profits made on every dog show. We’d love to see you there!