Sark Horse, Dog and Pet Show
August brings two of the island’s longest running events: the Grand Autumn Flower and Produce Show and the Horse, Dog and Pet Show. The latter took place on August 18th in the Seigneurie field and was the 62nd time this popular event was held. The competitions began with the dog classes with prizes for obedience, best condition and agility. A new category this year was the Asbo class for dogs under two years old. Despite the title, the judges were looking for the young dog showing the most potential for obedience rather than the least well behaved although some of the competitors antics provided much entertainment for the audience! April Lalor’s terriers took a good share of the top prizes with Fern winning the obedience and small dogs’ agility competitions and Sky taking first place in the larger dogs’ agility class. In the small pets show there were prizes for Bob the stick insect, Bruce and Derek the goldfish, Chilli the Chinchilla as well as various rabbits and guinea pigs. Guernsey calves and miniature ponies were also on show and TV star Persil the sheep put in a special guest appearance. New for this year was a line up of classic Sark tractors which proved popular with visitors and locals, especially the children. Entries in the horse classes were down this year with most of the island’s working horses out and about pulling carriages. Of those on show 28 year old Kerry was chosen as the best older pony, Willow came first in the medium horse on bridle class and Ronaldo was chosen as both best heavy horse and champion horse. The Magell family took first prize in the horse-back fancy dress with their interpretation of the children’s story book ‘Where’s Wally?’ and there were also prizes for Martin Nicolle and Katrina Nightingale. In the junior riding class the judges thought that Yasmin Williams and Robbie Magell were both excellent riders with Robbie taking first prize.
Pictures by Sue Daly; L – R Mutley takes a jump, April & Sky, Ronaldo led by Robbie, Persil, Martin with Dad Gavin, Dave & Sue with Sammy & Morse, Katrina & Vanessa, Where’s Wally?