Pampered pooches take centre stage at annual dog show

Gold Coast exhibitor Ruth Cook with Schatzi, her chinese crested powder puff which won the toy group at the Ipswich Show yesterday.
Gold Coast exhibitor Ruth Cook with Schatzi, her chinese crested powder puff which won the toy group at the Ipswich Show yesterday. Sarah Harvey

TERRIERS, dachshunds, dobermans, chinese crested and old english sheepdogs were out in force as the Ipswich Show's first events got under way yesterday.

Moved onto the main arena, the dog show had its biggest turn-out in three years with numbers up by more than 100.

The main arena was packed with show dogs and their owners all vying for the title of top dog in the district.

Chief steward Lorna Hinch said the changes to the location and schedule was great for the section.

"We've had 100 more dogs this year than we did last year," she said.

"Moving the section onto the main arena has been great for us.

"It's given us a great location in the showgrounds.

"Owners have been able to park their cars and set up right there with their dogs, which is a lot better for getting them ready."

Mrs Hinch said holding the dog section yesterday allowed competitors to also head to Boonah to compete in their show this weekend.

Gold Coast exhibitor Ruth Cook's chinese crested powder puff Schatzi took out the toy dog section.

"We take him to shows all across the south-east," she said.

"He's here today and we'll be heading to Boonah on Friday before going back to the Coast."

Mrs Cook said Schatzi had been winning at a number of events recently and receiving praise from a number of judges.

"We even took Schatzi to the Sydney Royal Show earlier this year.

Judging of the terrier group for the Ipswich Show 2013.
Judging of the terrier group for the Ipswich Show 2013. Sarah Harvey

"He's been doing really well recently; we've taken him to a lot of competitions and he's done well."

Mrs Hinch said the changes to the dog section added up to one of the most successful they've had in years.

"It's not the biggest we've ever had, but it's definitely the biggest in the last three years."

The show proper will start tomorrow with horse events in the morning, before the official opening with poet Rupert McCall at 2pm and The Collective performs at 7.15pm.

Saturday and Sunday will see events continue inside the arena, pavilions as well as entertainment, events as well as a huge range of rides throughout sideshow alley.

Fireworks will be held on all three nights to wrap up the show.

Tickets can be pre-purchased at a number of newsagents as well as on show days at the gates of the showgrounds.



The 2103 Ipswich Show runs from tomorrow through to Sunday at the Ipswich Showgrounds on Warwick Rd.

Highlights from the weekend include:

  • The Collective, Friday, May 17 at 7.15pm
  • Demolition Derby, Saturday, May 18 at 8.30pm
  • Brute Utes Parade, Sunday, May 19
  • Bricks 'n' Fun interactive Lego display with world renowned Lego builder Ryan McNaught
  • Fireworks - Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights

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