The Mount City and District Kennel Club’s Mount Gambier Easter Dog Fest staged a ‘super successful’ event over the Easter long weekend at the Len Lewis Memorial Dog Park with more than 560 entries.
Competitors from as fas as Victoria and New South Wales travelled to the Blue Lake city for the event which included six championship shows taking place over four days of competition.
Each championship had its own guest judge from the panel which included Lynn Harrison and Lynette Niemann from South Australia, New South Wales’ John Burgess and Don Mahoney as well as Patrice Johansen, Lance Wight and Kim Tosi from Queensland.
The sun was shining for a majority of the weekend before the rain came down in true Mount Gambier fashion on Sunday afternoon, which did not do much to dampen the mood of exhibitors who were thrilled to be able to showcase their prized pooches.
Mount City and District Kennel Club Inc president Kerry Mckay said the weekend was even better than what members had expected.
“We were hoping to get 500 entries and we surpassed that, receiving a variety of breeds from all over Australia,” she said.
“This is a marvellous entry for our club after COVID-19 and it gives us the momentum to keep going.
“We are extremely pleased with our entries; our exhibitors are having a great time and we have had beautiful comments about our grounds. Everyone’s happy, smiling and saying hello and that’s what it’s all about.
“It is about enjoying our weekend and of course, showing the dogs off to the public – more than 1000 of whom have walked through our gates this weekend.
“It is great for people to see different dog breeds from other states they would not see in Mount Gambier.”
Judge John Burgess said every dog was judged against a breed standard.
“I am judging the dog to that breed standard, so they have to be functional because every breed is made for a purpose, but they also have to move correctly and perform,” he said.
“Each show a judge awards a dog as best in show however every person has different opinions and different ideas, so the same dog does not necessarily win all the time.
“There are some absolutely beautiful dogs here and they would compete easily anywhere in the world.”