Hobby breeds friendly rivals
AROUND 350 pooches and their owners claimed the Alstonville Showgrounds over the weekend for the three day Lismore and District Kennel Club Championship Shows.
Groomed pedigree dogs of many different breeds graced the three showing rings with their loving owners, showing what they had to offer.
Running over three days from Friday to Sunday, the Championships saw a different day of competition each day.
On Saturday Jerry Faber, of Grafton, was showing his two beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, four-year-old Innesville Classic Dancer aka Danny and seven-month-old Innesville Spell Bound aka Samantha.
Danny had won the award for Best of Breed during Friday's Championship, Mr Faber proudly said.
Mr Faber said he had been involved in dog shows for about 10 years now, and loved every minute of it.
"I love the competition, and you get to meet some lovely people," he said.
"Most of them are friendly - they don't mind being beaten."
"We all try to help each other."
Mr Faber had even passed the dog show bug onto his daughter, Sharon, who had come down from Brisbane to show her own Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on Saturday.
Lismore and District Kennel Club President Allen Lee and club member Muriel Lewin said people had come from all over for the Championship - Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast Beaudesert, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Sydney.
Mr Lee and Ms Lewin said some of the reasons why people get involved in dog shows and continue to love the sport was because of the socialisation and the friendly competition.
Getting to catch up with people from the dog show community and make new friends always made for a fun day out, they said.
The Lismore and District Kennel Club has been running for over 55 years.
To get involved, visit the Lismore and District Kennel Club's Facebook Page.