This year saw the 10th anniversary of the ‘East Anglian Game and Country Fair’ held at the Norfolk Showground (www.ukgamefair.co.uk/welcome) but unlike last year which resembled the characteristic mud-bath commonly associated with Glastonbury’s rock festival, this year was bathed in sunshine and blue skies, though a little on the chilly side. The crowds were vast and most people took the opportunity to take their dogs as well which meant our own dogs, Archie and Monty had an outing with us for the day. Linda and I were also pleased to add support to several of our patients who were competing in various dog agility classes. Gill Martin and Diana Arthurson are seasoned ‘doggy’ people who have long been associated with dog agility. I regularly treat them at the Practice with hip, knee and ankle pulls from all the running around that they do with their pooches.
They competed on the Saturday of the Fair and by the evening, Gill and Diana came away with an armful of rosettes with Gill winning a 1st, 5th and a 7th place with her dog, Yogi and Diana getting a 2nd with her dog Winston.
In addition, we also caught up with another person we know who is at the top of her field in horse equitation. Sue Barber and her husband Mik , own and run the ‘Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation’ at her centre in Upper Stoke Holy Cross near Norwich (www.pinelodge-school.co.uk/) where Lusitano horses and riders are trained in the art of equitation. Sue’s team of top riders and horses performed a stunning display in the main arena on the Saturday and during her commentary of the demonstration Sue explained that it takes over five years to train one of these horses to the level required to compete and the stables has a string of prestigious awards whilst competing all over the world representing the United Kingdom at various equitation events.
It was a superb day out and with lots to do though it is made better if the weather behaves itself.
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