MORLEY guinea pig exhibitor Emily Long (9), who has won about 80 awards in four years, is eyeing a win at her first national show next month.
The Hampton Park Primary School student has won several best in show and novelty awards for her guinea pigs, also known as cavies, at Cavy West competitions.
In 2017, she won 10 awards out of 11 competitions, including best cavy at the 2017 Perth Royal Show, 2017 Cavy of the Year, Best Junior Exhibitor of the Year and Junior Stud of the Year.
She just won a best in show at the WA Country Championships in Narrogin on July 7, which took her tally to three award wins so far this year.
She will be exhibiting five cavies, including her double WA champion Kyan Butterfly Kisses at the National Cavy Show on August 18 in Narrandera, New South Wales.
Emily said she was excited to compete at nationals for the first time.
“It is really fun because you get to see all different kinds of breeds and also their personalities are really cute,” she said.
“(Kisses) likes to give you cuddles and she likes to lick you.
“I take them into my bed and sleep with them.”
Emily also enjoyed exhibiting her cavies because she made a lot of friends at shows.
Her mother Katrina, who also exhibits cavies, said she was amazed with Emily’s knowledge about cavies.
“I don’t know what it is about us as a team, about Emily, but we are going to national because we are doing so well,” she said.