Apsley Arena

Dedicated to countryside activities and more, the Apsley Arena will be alive with animals this year…

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.

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!

Gun Dog Training

Watch the infinite skills of Cliff Waite and his gun dogs as he talks you through the art of gun dog training, ably demonstrated by his dogs. Cliff is a legend in the field of scurrying and has competed for more than 15 years in gun dog scurries and won the right to have his name on many of the top awards.

Nuneaton Dog Club Demonstration Team

The Demonstration Team is headed by the leader Gloria Bonnell, who has trained dogs successfully for many years, covering a wide circle of different disciplines.

The team are made up of pet handlers who have attended classes at the Nuneaton Dog Training Club, who have worked their way through the classes, in doing so, gaining a socially acceptable dog, that is well trained.


The first hounds used for hunting otters in the 13th century were probably based on the St. Hubert hound, the ancester of the modern bloodhound. There are only around 300 otterhounds in the UK, so this is a real treat to find out more about this ancient British Breed, courtesy of Teckelgarth Kennel, near Hereford