Apsley Arena

The Southern Golden Retriever Society Display Team

Sixteen Golden Retrievers of The Southern Golden Retriever Society’s Display Team will be performing obedience routines to music. The Team was formed in 2000 and has delighted audiences at venues large and small ever since.

In addition to performing at many community events the Team has performed every year since 2003 at the Kennel Club’s “Discover Dogs” event in London; since 2004 at the world’s largest dog show, “Crufts”, in Birmingham; at The National Pet Show, and at Pup Aid when Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev and his partner Rachel Riley had a go with the Team! In 2014, 2015 and 2017 the Team performed at actor Martin Clunes’s Buckham Fair, held on his farm in Dorset.

The dogs have helped present a science lesson for young children on YouTube (Pets Teach Science) which has had 406,255  views. They have appeared live twice on Blue Peter when all the dogs received the coveted Blue Peter badge!

The dogs are all much loved family pets who live at home with their owners. Team dogs have all gained their Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold award which means they have a high level of social obedience. They love being in the Team and think they belong to a doggy youth club!

You are welcome to come into the arena to meet the dogs after the displays and to say hello to the dogs throughout the day.

The Dog and Duck Show

The Dog and Duck Show is the most popular sheepdog display in the UK, providing highly entertaining sheepdog demonstrations with the aim of giving a better understanding of our canines’ behaviour. They rescue sheepdogs and use these trained and untrained canines in the arena, educating and entertaining audiences about common dog issues, while the dogs show their natural instincts as they herd Indian Runner Ducks.

Terrier Racing

Blackerwood Terriers are organising both the Terrier and Lurcher events at this year’s Show. There will be racing both mornings with full schedules from pups to veterans. These shows are qualifiers for at least FOUR major championships so don’t miss out!

Dog Agility

A fun and informative display from Louise Godwin and some of her best friends, Mona, Wupadup, Laser and Chico. Louise is an experienced dog trainer and has been competing since she was just 12 years old! She will demonstrate that her training is reward based using positive reinforcement.

Great fun to watch but a great way to learn some new techniques too.

Dancing Dogs

Long before Strictly Come Dancing or Britain’s Got Talent there were Dancing Dogs! LG Agility will be showing us how it’s done!