World Sheepdog Trials take place in Cumbria

Sheepdog parade through Penrith
Image caption A parade through Penrith marked the start of the competition

More than 200 sheepdogs and their handlers are in Cumbria for the fourth World Sheepdog Trials.

The four-day event, at the Lowther Estate near Penrith, has attracted competitors from 23 countries.

The International Sheepdog Society expects more than 40,000 spectators to watch competitors from nations including Japan, Italy and the US.

The first day of competition was marked by a parade of dogs through the centre of Penrith.

It was led by Penrith town band and a coach and horses driven by 19-times world carriage driving champion George Bowman.

Competition chairman Nigel Davis said: "The parade went very well, with a number of the competitors in their national costume.

"We received a very friendly and warm response from the people of Penrith.

"These handlers have to be at the top of their craft.

"The courses that are set at the tests the dogs have to do will search out any weaknesses.

"It's very exciting for anyone who has an interest in dogs."

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £3,000.

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