Well the new season of Living Heritage Country shows kicked off last weekend with glorious blue skies. It was the Thoresby Fair, up in Nottinghamshire, and I was very relieved that it’s close enough for me to go home overnight because the temperatures at night were (I am assured from a number of sources) freezing! (Adjective omitted!)
It did feel as if we’d never been away! We’d been stationed right down the far end of the show ground, along with ScurryBandits and John Cavana and his gun dogs, and we did wonder if anyone was going to find us – but by lunchtime the classes were filling up and as Andy strode out into the ring in his new tweed ensemble to open the show, there was the usual buzz of anticipation and wagging tails.
The winner on Saturday was a gorgeous Skye Terrier. It’s not a breed I’ve come across before, but he was, as his name stated ‘Magic’ A donation was made to the ongoing veterinary care of little Dynky, from Yorkie and Toy Breeds Rescue and she certainly won the hearts of the crowds watching.
Sunday wasn’t quite as bright but the crowds doubled and we had full classes. Overall winner was a rather stunning little border terrier. And Andy kept his reputation intact: he has never given the ‘Best Six Legs’ rosette to a man, and when the only two entrants were Dad and son, Mom was called in to judge! Very canny, Mr Collins!
And there was the usual stream of dogs coming to have their portraits done, and be entered for the prize draw, won this year by this lovely young lady and her little dog (left). (Contact me and let me know which image from the gallery you would like!)
Other highlights: my new hat (Blame the gun dog man – long story but I love it!) And just meeting so many wonderful people and their amazing dogs again.
The next planned show was in Wales in a couple of weeks but that has had to be cancelled due to water logging, so we will be out again for Thame Show in Oxfordshire, Easter weekend.