We had only entered two of the dogs, Trio and Eve as we were attending mainly to support the handling classes and give Eve a bit more exposure in the breed ring.
The Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells is a fantastic location when the weather is good, however in the torrential rain that we had to endure at the start of the day did test us a bit. Just walking the dogs into the halls, which wasn't far for us as we were quite early meant that we had to dry and clean the dogs legs and belly's off.
|Tasha winning the handling|
Both breeds were benched in hall 5, thankfully allowing us to stay in the dry to get from each ring, however the handling was in ring 1. We managed to find the driest route which meant darting from each hall to the next, with just some short bursts in the wet. As usual the younger handlers were in the ring first, and this was to be Eleanor's last time competing in the 6-11 year age category. She worked Eve really well and managed a well deserved 2nd place. Tasha was in next, and she has found the transition into the older age category hard work with the seasoned older competitors proving hard to beat. She really held her own, and Trio worked like a star for her throughout the class. She was delighted to be pulled in first, her first 1st in a champ show handling class in this age category.
We didn't think that anything could better these results, and with a quick break for some lunch we got ready for the breed judging.
Fist in were the tollers, with only Eve supporting the Seahaven's for a change. Eleanor handled Eve to win Post Grad Bitch, thus qualifying for the bitch challenge. She then delighted us all by winning Best Bitch and had to go forward to Best of Breed, Eleanor worked her really well but Vinnie won this. Not bad for a youngster who isn't yet 2!!
Sadly not a great entry for LMs, but Trio won Best Bitch as well!! Didn't work quite as well as she had in the morning, so really didn't expect her to do much in Best of Breed which went to the dog (Celtaur Lake Geneva).
We stopped on the way home as the weather had now improved and took the dogs for a run up the Sugar Loaf with the girls. We managed to get some nice pictures, and a really funny one of Eve flying her ears!!