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Been There Done That – Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico

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76 – September, 2022

By Elaine Lessig

From the time my plane landed in Leon on August 4th at the Guanajuato, Mexico Airport until I took off on August 8th, along with fellow judge John Ramirez, we enjoyed the sights, sounds, taste, people, and the dogs we encountered in this warm and inviting part of Mexico. Located in the middle of the country, the city of Leon is in a valley surrounded by hills and mountains typical of the area. Much of the area represents both the history of Mexico and its future, too. From the colonial town square with its colorfully painted buildings to the shopping mall where the show was held, we saw the old meeting the prosperity of the leather processing in the area.

We spent a day in nearby San Miguel De Allende–another town with historical charm, a breathtaking cathedral, and a magnificent church. With David, our guide for the day, John and I enjoyed a luncheon feast in a local restaurant. We had a day to remember.

The next morning began with our time in the ring judging. John has had the pleasure of several judging appointments in this country. For me, this was my first time judging in Mexico. It was an amazingly wonderful experience for both of us. A great show chair, Mariano Lomelli, and his show committee offered all in attendance a well-organized show with huge rosettes and trophies for the winners.

Some Remarkable Comments About the Shows:

• Handlers and their team members were eager to please–both with our language deficits and every dog they presented.

• The good sportsmanship exhibited to each other and to us was exemplary.

• Half of the entry was working dogs.

• The cleanliness of the show site was important to every team. The clean-up never stopped.

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