Puppies’ day of judgement as Thurlow Hunt says ‘Thank you’

Huntsman Chris Amatt takes the puppies through their paces at the Thurlow Hunt Puppy Judging

Huntsman Chris Amatt takes the puppies through their paces at the Thurlow Hunt Puppy Judging

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The qualities shown by the latest crop of young hounds at Thurlow Hunt came under scrutiny when the annual Puppy Judging took place.

Judges assessed each of the dogs’ and bitches’ conformation during the assessment at the hunt’s kennels at Wadgells Farm in Great Thurlow, including how they are put together, how they move and how well balanced they are.

Each of the puppies on show was born last year and will be starting their working life with the hunt in the autumn.

Marshalled by huntsman, Chris Amatt the young dogs were the first to be paraded before the judges and the audience, followed by the bitches.

The Master of Thurlow Hunt, Robin Vesty explained the day’s purpose: “The main point of the day is that when they are puppies and eight weeks old or so, each of them will have gone to homes away from the kennels and stayed with various people.

“It’s called being put out to walk and that’s all about teaching these young pups about life away from the kennels and getting them a bit of experience.

“They do that for several months and then go back to the kennels and the puppy judging is our thank you to those who have walked the pups.”

The best dog hound was adjudged to be Farmer, walked by Ceri Jones, and the best bitch Moonrise, walked by Emma Newman.

For all the latest news see next Thursday’s (July 7) Echo.