Friday, 5 April 2013

Royal Easter Show, Sydney, 2013

Supercoat flyball contestants ready with their humans (EF300mm f2.8 + 1.4 Extender)

Hungarian Puli being woman-handled into the arena (EF300mm f2.8 + 1.4 Extender)

Runaway staffie apprehended in heat one - for leaving the course prematurely. (EF300mm f2.8 + 1.4 Extender)

It's been 20-plus years since I last visited the Sydney Royal Easter Show. It's a great opportunity to see the massive range of products that Australia produces, from flowers to beef cattle, sheep to cake making, racehorses to big hats and plenty more...

Twin shots of a small terrier (Jack Russel mix?) showing the rest of the team how to do it!
Weimaraner championship - final judging, pics by Natalie (proud weimaraner owner)

The winner gets a kiss - pic by Natalie (EF70-200 + 1.4 Extender)
The only problem I have with the show is with all the other people. There are massive queues to get in, to get food, to use the toilets, even to get out. It's a popular event by any stretch of the imagination.
Refreshments for the heat winners. (EF300mm f2.8 + 1.4 Extender)

For me the best event was the canine flyball - because it involves regular dogs belting up and down a set course all day long. Heats are held on most days with only a few minutes between each two team competition. Each team is made up of a range of different pooches, from large to very small - despite the size differences, each has to race over four small hurdles and return with a tennis ball without being distracted by the other dogs, or the mayhem in the ring.
Who, Moi? Shi-tzu by Natalie (EF24-105mm f4)
At the final judging, pic by Natalie (EF 70-200mm + 1.4 Extender)
At the judging finals. Pic by natalie (EF300mm f2.8 + 1.4 Extender)
Maltese to the rescue! The finalists line up. (EF300mm f2.8 + 1.4 Extender)
Maltese to the rescue! The winner. (EF300mm f2.8 + 1.4 Extender)
Testing each axe to see that it complies with the regulation width and weight
Axe man in action - he won the heat. EF300mm f2.8

Same heat, different contestant. Impressive but not fast enough. EF300mm f2.8
Chook lady and real chook at the Royal Easter Show
A pug and its owner. EF 24-105mm
Champion Great Dane and owner dancing in the ring. EF300 f2.8.
Champion Great Dane and owner. Pic by Natalie. (EF 70-200 f2.8, 1.4 Extender)
Alpaca at the Royal Easter Show. EF 300mm f2.8.
All the fun of the race. Supercoat flyball contestant enjoying a high speed heat. Pic by Natalie, EF100-400mm f2.8 + 1.4 Extender

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