Memories, Furry Friends at Tryon Riding and Hunt Club’s 88th Any and All Dog Show
When you combine dog lovers, canine entertainment and a beautiful fall day, you unleash a whole lot of FUN! That describes TR&HC’s 88th Any and All Dog Show(AADS) held last Sunday, as hundreds turned out to enter their pooches to win recognition — or just hang out and watch the show! This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Drew Brannon, a long-time supporter of the AADS and past President of TR&HC who passed away earlier this year. In prior years when participation began to wane, Drew took over the leadership — his passion and commitment immediately revived and restored AADS to a successful, fun-loving community event.
“It was a perfect day and we all had a great time,” said Karl Alexander who chaired the event. “It was an honor to remember Drew this way and involve the whole community!” Proceeds of the event will be donated to STAND T.A.L.L., a local non-profit that raises funds for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and its K-9 unit. “It was a wonderful event and we were thrilled to participate and honored to be chosen for a donation!” said Ron Kaufman, President and Founder of STAND T.A.L.L. “We look forward to the 89th Any and All Dog Show next year!”
The AADS festivities included delicious food, face painting, raffles and of course, exciting competition. The Polk County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit demonstrated the impressive skills of their brave four-legged support team, and the famous ‘Daredevil Dogs’ performed amazing Frisbee tricks and acrobatics! Children and adults alike were awarded ribbons for Biggest and Smallest Dog, Best Dog Trick, Best Costume, the “Dog that looks Most Like Its Owner” and the “Dog That Would Rather Be at Home.” Trophies also went to Best of Show.
Started by Carter P. Brown, the AADS was first held in 1933 and is now one of many TR&HC signature annual events. Over the past 88 years it has evolved to become the Tryon tradition “when every dog has its day!”
Formed in 1925, the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club seeks to enhance and preserve the traditions of the Tryon area by sponsoring and conducting equestrian, philanthropic and social programs that benefit and unify the community. Its members include, but are not limited to, those with an interest in horse-related activities and sport. TR&HC welcomes all new members. To learn more, visit www.trhc1925.org.
Submitted by Leigh Borreson