THE Chiddingfold Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt has kickstarted the summer with its annual puppy show.
The show was held on a glorious sunny day in front of a good crowd of subscribers and supporters in Petworth Park, just by the kennels.
Sage Thompson showed the hounds, helped by other hunt staff, to judges Lord Mancroft, chairman of the Master of Foxhounds Association, and Will Bryer, MFH at the Cattistock Hunt.
Hounds, doghounds and bitches were all encouraged to run free with biscuits before being shown in couples.
The top three doghounds were Grafton in first place, Gregory in second and Glasgow third, while the bitches were Glisten in first place, Glory second and Gretel third.
In the championships the bitch, Glisten, beat doghound Grafton, both of which were walked by Michael and Deborah Boulton.
A number of other trophies were awarded, including the Hunt Supporters Cup for the best condition coming back from walk, which went to the appropriately-named Glossy owned by David Hayes.
Other prizes included the Graffham Cup, best working dog hound of last year’s entry: Growler, the Homan family; Kathleen Elwin Cup for best working bitch of last year’s entry: Streamer, the Hoskins family; Masters’ Cup for the best working doghound of any season: Bosun, Reid Summerhayes; Shirley Reed Cup for best working bitch of any season: Bobbin, Michael and Deborah Boulton; Harold Wait Cup for the best working hound chosen by the hunt supporters committee: Paragon, the Hoskins family; Joy and Stan Hayes Trophy for the best working hound chosen by the huntsman: Habit, Mrs Diane Evans.
All puppy walkers were also presented with inscribed glasses at the end of the day.
Following the event, entrants and all other guests retired to the tea tent in the garden for what many consider to be ‘the best tea around’.