above and below: photos from the Hound group line up.
above: I started the day back stage, touring the benches where all the dogs were "staged" by breed. I had time to observe the dogs getting groomed, and last minute coaching refresher courses from their trainers. Some dogs were excited. Others were irritated by the other dogs barking. And some dogs decided it was all much ado about nothing and were quite happily sleeping amidst all the chaos of the day
above: this "Bouviers des Flandres" dog was happy with all the attention and excitement.
Junior Showmanship Preliminaries
One interesting feature of the afternoon was the Junior Showmanship Competition, an event where young handlers in training can learn the sport of showing dogs and be part of the Westminster Kennel Club.
above and below: the Junior handlers have a go at the competitions and test out their skills as up-and-coming professionals.