On Sunday I went to my first dog show. No, not the beauty pageant kind, where pure bred dogs compete to determine which dog is the comeliest, but an obedience trial. It was held on the grounds of the Berkshire College of Agriculture, not too far from here.
As I drove in, I noticed several pastures with very comely horses. They'd have won, hands down, any beauty pageant held that day.
There were some nice dogs, too, mostly border collies (about 70% is my guess) and the rest were mostly golden retrievers, with a few others tossed in for variety.
I went to see my Twitter friend, April, compete with her dog Kez. The good news is, they won, which qualified them for Crufts! (They won Crufts twice the last two years, in the young handler's category). Here's her blog post telling all about her competitions lately, including the BCA win.
Kez is a mixed breed, a real stylish girl who prances around the ring like she was born with a ribbon on her collar. Of course, it was my first dog show, so what do I know?
On the way out, I stopped, despite the heat (it must have been 75F!) to snap some photos of the horses, mindful of Friday Horse Blogging.
Also, I must admit I got a little bit sunburned. Forgot my sunscreen. That'll teach me.