Horses and hounds raise charity pounds

Boston. Sunday 20th May 2012.'Boston Cancer Horse & Dog Show - 40th annual show.'Dog Show entrant Gypsy (a cross breed chihuahua and Jack Russell Terrier) held by 11 year old Ella Smith from Boston
Boston. Sunday 20th May 2012.'Boston Cancer Horse & Dog Show - 40th annual show.'Dog Show entrant Gypsy (a cross breed chihuahua and Jack Russell Terrier) held by 11 year old Ella Smith from Boston

NOBODY was left feeling ‘ruff’ at this year’s Cancer Horse and Dog Show, as organisers described it as ‘the best year’ the show had seen in a while.

People flocked to the Rosebery Avenue Playing Fields on Sunday to make the most of the event, and managed to raise more money than the show has done for a number of years – but the final figure is still to be totalled.

And it could not have come at a better time, as the show marked its 40th anniversary this year.

Secretary Tina Staples told The Standard: “It went extremely well. It was the best year we’ve had in a long time.”

Retiring Boston Mayor Coun Mary Wright attended the event to view the various horse and dog categories and judge the fancy dress competition – choosing a child who had dressed as an elephant as the winner.

Showjumping, gymkhana, dressage and in-hand classes saw riders and horse owners taking part in the event, and a dog show let the canines have their own arena to show off their skills.

Since it started in 1972 by Pat and Mark Barthorpe, the show is estimated to have raised more than £30,000 for Cancer Research.