No plan to stop yet

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

ROSIE the 10-year-old bea­gle was pre­par­ing for her re­tire­ment from com­pet­i­tive dog show­ing ear­lier this year, but af­ter a top per­for­mance at the Ekka her han­dler Tara Mc­ni­col said those plans had been shelved.

“We’ve de­cided because she’s en­joy­ing it so much we’ll keep her out for as long as she’s happy to be out there,” Ms Mc­ni­col said.

Rosie, who shows as Cu­lor­gair Desert Rose, had a great re­sult at the Royal Queens­land Show, claim­ing the Run­ner-up to Best Neuter at the show as well sev­eral other awards.

“It’s a three-stage com­pe­ti­tion. First Rosie won neuter of breed so she beat the other neutered bea­gles, then on the Satur­day af­ter­noon she went up against Group 4, which is the hounds – so she then won the best neuter of the hound group,” Ms Mc­ni­col said.

Both Ms Mc­ni­col and Rosie’s own­ers Jeff and Des­ley Souter were ecstatic at the suc­cess.

“I’m very proud, and I’m very proud of Rosie – being an older bea­gle too, com­ing out at that point in time is a big achieve­ment for her as well,” she said.

Ms Mc­ni­col is a rel­a­tive new­comer to com­pet­i­tive dog show­ing.

She has only been com­pet­ing with Rosie for the past 18 months and said she was “ex­tremely proud” to have taken out such a pres­ti­gious award so early on.

Com­pe­ti­tion is fierce dur­ing the show, and Ms Mc­ni­col said that every as­pect of the dogs was ex­am­ined and com­pared by judges to find the best of the best on show.

“There is a breed stan­dard for each dog, and so the judges’ opin­ion is what dog meets the breed stan­dard the best, as well as the per­son­al­ity and per­for­mance of the dog,” she said.

She said Rosie’s suc­cess was due in large part to her tem­per­a­ment and won­der­ful per­son­al­ity.

“She is the epit­ome of a bea­gle – she is a merry hound, her tail does not stop and she’s so en­er­getic in the ring, it’s ridicu­lous,” she said.

PHOTO: DO­MINIC ELSOME

TOP DOG: Tara Mc­ni­col with 10-year-old bea­gle Rosie, who took out Run­ner-up to Best Neuter in Show at the 2018 Ekka in Bris­bane this month.

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