The Lappie Border Challenge - a fun competition between the Finnish Lapphund Clubs of Victoria and NSW held at the Deniliquin Kennel Club's weekend of shows in Albury - is one of my favourite show weekends of the year. It is always just a good fun time where we get together, socialise, cheer each other on, pretend to booo for the other "team" and in reality completely break down the normal barriers that can spring up on occasion in the dog show world. It reminds us all of what dog showing can be about.
I've had to miss the last couple of years, as puppies have been here at the time, so it was pretty exciting to be back again in 2018. Even more special was Rachael being able to come over with Benni to truly make it a family affair, and Cherelle also making the trip with Taija.
We had a pretty good weekend results wise too. Tortik (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Halu (AI) RN JC) was RUBOB twice and BOB once during the weekend, while brother Benni (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Hulivili (AI)) was BOB on one of those occasions. Loki Bear took Best Intermediate of Breed against some serious competition all three days, converting it to Intermediate in Group (against some REALLY serious competition) on one of them. Leevi was Junior of Breed all three days. And Taija took home two Neuter in Groups for the weekend.
Most importantly VICTORIA took home the trophy again! Proud to be part of it, even if Loki Bear was competing for "the enemy" ;)