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Possum wins Runner up to Best in Group at Sunbury

In November of 2023, Team Orical made the journey down to Victoria to enter in a set of 6 shows held over 5 days with numerous international judges.

For this trip we asked the wonderful owners of Possum if we could borrow her for the trip, and they agreed!

Possum had only ever been to one show as a puppy, where she took out Best of Breed from the Minor Puppy Class, but apart from that she had no showing experience.

We knew she was a stunning Lappie, and we knew due to her incredible training and condition she would take it all in her stride, if she didn't win anything at least she gained valuable life experience!

Boy did she surprise us all…

Possum stepped into the ring like she did it every weekend!

On Tuesday the 7th of November, the last day of our massive week of showing and travelling, we were entered in Sunbury Canine Clubs Show under Finnish judge Mr Harri Lehkonen. It was an extremely hot day for our poor Finnish dogs and the poor Finnish judge

Mr Lehkonen had wonderful feedback about Possum, when we asked him for a critique on her he said there was “nothing to critique” and that she was an absolutely outstanding Finnish Lapphund.

With some great competition at the breed level Possum took out a 23 point Best Of Breed! A massive achievement for a novice show dog!

Whilst waiting around for group we were hopeful as always! but not expecting anything as there were some amazing dogs in the Working Dog Group at this show.

Best in Group was awarded to the Australian Shepherd! An amazingly experienced dog with multiple Best in Show wins under her belt.

Runner Up Best in Group was awarded to….. POSSUM!!!!

With 187 entered in the Working Dog Group at this show Possum taking out Runner Up in Group is simply amazing! This truely speaks to the quality of her breeding and her amazing training and condition.

The Australian Shepherd that took out Best in Group went on to win Best in Show! So for Possum to be Runner Up in Group to such an amazing and experienced dog whilst having such minimal experience herself is something we are so so proud of.


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