Putting on a Show
After weeks of almost endless sunshine the weather very nearly cancelled Sark’s annual Horse, Dog and Pet Show after the island was hit by gale force winds and heavy rain from the tail end of hurricane Bertha. However, the start was delayed for half an hour while the skies cleared and, although it was still windy, the show went on. The dog classes came first with a dog and owner fancy dress competition, a dog egg and spoon race and classes for obedience, best condition, tricks and the agility course. This was followed by a display from Guernsey’s Island Dog Training Club with tips on how to train dogs and the importance of obedience to keep dogs safe. The horse show followed judged, as with the dog classes, by vets Kerry and Chris Bishop who had also made the stormy crossing from Guernsey. As well as fancy dress and classes for the best condition and for the prettiest horse there was a new event with a non-competitive display of young riders. Aimed at introducing children to the fun of taking part in shows, the youngest of which was just two, it was lovely to see Sark’s future equestrian stars in the ring. The final class was another new feature; a triathlon for teams of three to ride, cycle and run the same obstacle course with jumps, apple bobbing and agility tests which proved to be great fun for both competitors and spectators. As well as the competitions there was also a small pet show, a raffle, stalls and food on offer – altogether a wonderful island event.
Pictures by Sue Daly