Many Mountain Area dogs and their owners were recognized with top honors during the first "Oakminster Dog Show" April 27 at the Oakhurst Community Park, sponsored by the Oakhurst Mountain Lions Club.
The event -- a fundraiser for the Eastern Madera County SPCA -- included 41 ribbons and awards.
Event coordinator Gail Hawksworth said she was thrilled with the number of entries, and commended the volunteers and judges who were new to dog shows.
Hawksworth, who has shown dogs professionally for many years, said the Oakminster Dog Show is a first for the mountain community and the Oakhurst Mountain Lions wanted it to be fun, entertaining and open to dogs young and old, big and little, short and long-haired.
Best of Show winners included:
Best of Show Mixed Breed Adult: "Ty" with owner Sharon Roberts.
Best of Show Purebred Adult: "Lilly" with owner Rebecca Casey.
Best of Show Mixed Breed Puppy: "Albert" with owner Jackie Mallouf.
Best of Show Purebred Puppy: "Apple" with Debbie Curran.
"We had a good time and we learned a lot," Hawksworth said. "Next year will be a bit easier and I hope it will be even bigger -- more dogs and more spectators."
Event sponsors included Gold Country Bottled Water, Graydon Kennels, Mountain Auto Clinic, MySham, For the Love of Dogs Training and Care, Oakhurst Plumbing and Septic, and Jerrie West. Other prizes and support were donated from Betty Fisher Awards, Tom and Carolyn Heather, MySham Irish Wolfhounds, Asset Photography and other volunteers.