THE FIRST Love a Bull Festival at Stithians showground has been hailed a success by organisers.
The event, which brought together music and the world of dogs, was also approved as the first venue in Cornwall to host the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze awards.
Sue Smith from K9 Crusaders, who organised the event last weekend, said several families travelled down from other parts of the UK for the festival, including some with family dogs exempted under the government's breed specific legislation laws affecting dogs.
These dogs have to be muzzled and leashed at all times, and there are severe restrictions on the extent to which they can interact in public.
She said: “It was on this basis that the Kennel Club approved the Love a Bull venue to host its Good Citizen Bronze award - the first venue in Cornwall, and only the second venue in the UK to be granted this permission.
“Kennel Club representative and examiner Debbie Bouckley, from Paws 4 Fun Dog Training, came down to judge the award participants, including exempted dog Simba, owned by Nicky and Dru Stewart and Simba passed with flying colours, becoming only the third exempted dog in the UK to have achieved this.
“We are thrilled for Simba, and hope this will encourage other groups to welcome responsible dog owners, regardless of the breed or status of their dog.”