6 weeks of dog related fun at Riverhill Gardens
We realised that our wonderful annual Dog Show would not be possible this year and that our usual Summer Holiday craft activities would need to look very different. So we decided to combine the two and create an entire summer of dog show classes with a different one to enter each week. There will be rosettes for the top three in each class, plus a chance to bag yourself a spot in the final Championship Class.
Put your four legged family members through their paces in the Gardens each week OR if you don't have a dog then enter with your favourite soft toy. There will be a real dog and a stuffed dog category for each class so no one is left out.
Class entry will be £1 per 'dog' and all proceeds will be donated to Canine Partners as usual. Each entrant will be photographed and times recorded where applicable. Judging will take place each Monday, with that week's 1st, 2nd and 3rd places announced on Tuesdays. Rosettes for the top 3 in each class.
The winner of each class will be invited to Riverhill with 4 family members for the Championship judging class: 'Dog the Judge Would Most Like to Take Home'. There will be a winner's parade and refreshments and, of course, a cup for our overall winners. This will take place on Friday 4th Sept 5-6pm.
In addition to this, our very own top dog, Troy Rogers, will be hiding in the Gardens each week, see if you can spot him and get one of our specially designed Troy stickers!
Normal entry fees for the Gardens still apply and YOU MUST STILL BOOK YOUR TIMED TICKET FOR ENTRY ONLINE. WE ARE STILL NOT ACCEPTING ANY WALK-INS DURING THIS TIME. EVENTS RUN WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY AS NORMAL.
Our 2020 classes will be:
Week 1: 22-26 July: FANCY DRESS
Kicking off our 6 weeks of dog based fun at the Gardens with quite possibly the best class ever. Enter with your real dog or dress up your favourite stuffed dog toy. Anything goes, you can just dress up your dog or yourselves as well, be as creative and silly as you like!
Top tip: We do enjoy a dog based pun here, last year we had a Didier Dogba and a JK Growling!
Week 2: 29 July – 2 August: FASTEST DOG OVER BALES
Our most competitive class, put your four legged friend through their paces as you fly over the bales!
Categories will be:
- Fastest Real Dog over Bales (12 & over)
- Fastest Real Dog over Bales (under 12)
- Fastest Toy Dog over Bales (12 & over)
- Fastest Toy Dog over Bales (under 12)
All dogs (real or stuffed) must be on leads and not carried.
Top tip: Watch out for the Dads, they are in it to win it!
Week 3: 5 – 9 August: FLUFFIEST COAT
Troy isn't a contender for this one but the Yeti fancies his chances, and maybe your pooch (real or stuffed) has the perfect bouffant to wow our judge.
Top tip: Fake it 'till you make it!
Week 4: 12 – 16 August: FASTEST TREAT RETREIVAL
How smart is your dog? Can they find the treats in record time? Troy is so quick it is impossible to get a photo of him in action!
Top tip: If you are competing in the stuffed dog class you may need to help them. Soft toys have a notoriously poor sense of smell!
Week 5: 19 – 23 August: CELEBRITY DOG-A-LIKE
Got a poodle who gets constantly mistaken for Brian May? Or perhaps your bull dog has a touch of the Ray Winstones about him? Either way your dog is going to have to go some to beat Fred's Clint Eastwood impression from last year!
Top tip: Don't forget to bring a print out photo of your pet's dead ringer for comparison.
Week 6: 26 – 31 August: OBSTACLE CLASS
The final week of the world's longest Dog Show ! Join us for a very silly grand finale week and complete our crazy obstacle course.
Top tip: Don't forget to fill a pocket full of treats.