Prized pets in a field of their own

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Fun In The Sun -

Pam­pered pooches took pride of place at a ru­ral vil­lage’s sec­ond an­nual dog show and vil­lage fete.

Hun­dreds of dog own­ers hop­ing to show off their prized pets de­scended on Sha­dox­hurst for the fete on Sun­day.

Or­gan­ised by the 1st Sha­dox­hurst Scout Group, the big day saw all the usual sum­mer fete stalls as well as some less con­ven­tional at­trac­tions.

A Gla­di­a­tors-style com­bat arena saw young­sters du­elling with pugil sticks, but au­di­ence mem­bers were not the only ones in for a spot of phys­i­cal ex­er­tion.

An as­sault course, com­plete with hur­dles, was set up to test the co-or­di­na­tion of the dogs tak­ing part in the main show.

Other prizes were awarded for a va­ri­ety of cri­te­ria, from best over­all con­di­tion to wag­gi­est tail.

Roland Cooper, chair­man of the Scout’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, said: “I thought last year’s stan­dard of en­trants was very high, but this year the com­pe­ti­tion was even stiffer.

“The fete was re­ally well at­tended and sup­ported by the com­mu­nity, and to see all the smil­ing faces on the day re­ally made it for me.”

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Len­non Spencer, nine, and Cameron Spencer, 11, ready for bat­tle

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Janet Allen with her dog Mor­gan

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