Park fun for dog and duck day

Wednesday 5th October 2016 1:35 pm
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Spectators watching the duck race at the Liphook Junior Dog Show and Duck Race. (Picture: PAUL DOYLE) ()

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THE annual Dog Show and Duck Race, organised by Friends of Liphook Junior School, was well attended by many local families, raising more than £900.

Dogs and their owners competed, many in a number of different classes, from the ‘happiest/ waggiest’ and ‘lookalike’ to the trickier agility and obedience categories. Liphook-based dog trainer and behaviour specialist Kiri Downes of ‘Paws in the Pink’ judged the competition.

She was particularly impressed with the handling skills by many of the children, who were working closely with their dogs.

Prizes were also won for ‘Best Sit’, ‘Best Recall’, ‘Best Trick’, with the overall winner of Best in Show trophy won by Danielle from Liphook Junior School and her dog Benji.

Thanks to the generous support from Small World Vet Centre, FC Hiscock, the Liphook branch of Southern Cooperative and Countrywide Stores, the first three in each category won a rosette, and the first four received a certificate.

Overall Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show all received a rosette, a certificate, and a mini-hamper.

Meanwhile, 300 ducks raced in heats down the River Wey before crossing the finishing line under the bridge.  

The Duck Race final saw the first, second and third ducks from each of eight heats compete.

All winners were children with first prize of £25 going to Evelyn and second of £15 to Jessica, both from Liphook Infant School.

Radford Park was transformed with colourful bunting and an array of gazebos.

The smell of barbecued sausages and burgers from Kaighin and daughter, Grayshott, mingled with the sweet scent of delicious donated cakes for sale, as organised by Hannah Tress. Dylan’s ice creams provided further treats in glorious sunshine.

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