Well we've done two Living Heritage Country Shows this year so far, in Thoresby in Notts and Henham Park in Suffolk. Much to my shame, and the pressures of a busy diary I haven't blogged about either!
I love the Country Shows - there is everything happening from ferrets to falcons, gun dogs to gourmet cooking. horse boarding to hounds… and anything and everything else too! The Shire horses are new this year, lovely gentle giants that they are, and I'm looking forward to the Horsemen of the Knight coming back at the next show, with their medieval knights and wild west rodeo show. I tend to rush around like a headless chicken, trying to photograph any of the action all over the show. It's just not possible, so I settle for the best i can do.
I'm really enjoying photographing the lurchers this year. They do straight racing, hurdling and sometimes long jumping as well. I was amazed to discover that the record is 23feet! And they make it look so effortless too! Anyway, despite nearly being landed on a couple of times (and wishing they could race without the muzzles covering their faces) I really enjoyed photographing these.
I also enjoyed photographing the dogs at the fun dog show, which is where I'm based in the afternoon. We have every shape and size imaginable and it's great fun, but i had never seen a wolf dog until these amazing creatures wandered into the ring - half German Shepherd and half Timberland wolf. But they were totally soft and very approachable and I just want to get some out of the ring and into a more natural habitat so I can do them justice and photograph them properly (so if anyone knows of any wolf dog owners in Derbyshire, please ask them to get in touch!)
Full albums for the dogs at both shows are available: