Prized pets in a field of their own
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.”
Lennon Spencer, nine, and Cameron Spencer, 11, ready for battle
Janet Allen with her dog Morgan