`Great weekend’ had at dog shows

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The Gore and Districts Kennel Association held three dogs shows at the weekend and club president Sue Pinnow says she was thrilled with the turnout.
A memorial show for deceased member Kelly Jackson was held on Saturday morning, followed by the Gore and Districts Kennel Association Show in the afternoon.
On Sunday, the association held a benefit show to raise funds for the club.
“It was absolutely wonderful … When everything costs so much money and the people that travel have to pay a lot, for a little club like Gore we’ve put on a great weekend,” Mrs Pinnow said.
“We had entrants from Picton, Christchurch and all up and down the island,” she said.
The show had 244 entries compared with last year’s 230.
Mrs Pinnow said she was happy with the number of entries, especially considering how many dog shows there were throughout the country, including four being held in Dunedin this weekend.
As well as entrants coming from across the country, the shows’ two judges both came from Australia for the event. Stephanie Rickard, of Melbourne, was the best-in-show judge, she said.
“We have had wonderful feedback from them all.”
There was something for all ages on the day, including a section for children and their dogs to compete in on Sunday morning.
“We had a fun handler class and the judges judged it.
“Three local kids who came back from last year took part in it and they are looking forward to coming back again next year.”