Shetland Performance display team was set up to promote our fabulous Shetland ponies. The smallest of our native eight native breeds of the British Isles, well raising money for Bristol and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
All ponies are individually owned and registered with the Shetland studbook society, they compete in many different equestrian disciplines from show jumping, dressage cross-country to Pony Club, fun rides, Showing and of course racing!
You can see these ponies & their jockeys at Dogstival in the main arena twice a day on both days flying over our mini hurdles. So do come and pick your favourite and cheer them on but don’t blink or you’ll miss them!
Pop down do to see us at our meet and greet pen afterwards where you can see our ponies and jockeys up close.
Who wants to just sit and watch? If you’re up for getting involved and maybe winning a prize or two, then don’t be shy!
New for this year is the Dogstival Sports Day. We’ll be inviting you and your dogs to join us in some ‘old school’ fun. Ever tried the Egg & Spoon with an excited dog? Or a dog + human three legged relay?
We welcome back our lunchtime ‘Heads & Tails’ quiz hosted by Mark Collins. It’s a test of your canine knowledge, so just put your hands on bums or heads and the last person standing is crowned our Dogstival Mastermind!
We welcome the super impressive Jodie Forbes to this year’s Main Arena. Jodie is a 26 year old dog trainer with 15 years experience. She competes in agility, hoopers and freestyle to music, but has also dabbled in breed showing, disc dog, handling, flyball, obedience, scentwork, tracking and mantrailing.
In 2020 Jodie was awarded the Inspirational Young Person award at Crufts. She’s worked with hundreds of different dogs, trained media dogs for brands such as Amazon, Land Rover and Stella McCartney and her border terriers have won eight first places at Crufts in multiple activities from 2011-2020 and performed internationally.
The bonkers Phill Gibbons with his team are back by popular demand! There’s races between his prized hawks, crafty terriers and lightening lurchers. A totally interactive display sees the arena packed full of dogs chasing lure’s through tunnels or across jumps all set to Phill’s hilarious commentary and music.
We welcome back the UK’s only private Pet Detective’s ‘Colin Butcher & Molly’ who’ll give an incredible insight on how they crack canine crimes! This year, with a special addition and new recruit ‘Teal’ who was rescued from a traveller site, bringing a new ‘streetwise’ nose to crime busting operations.
Over the last decade the team that make up the Pet Detectives Agency, have led the investigation of crimes against animals and every year recover more stolen and missing cats and dogs than any of the police forces in the UK. From complex ransom demands to tracking down illegal puppy farms, the trio led by Colin Butcher, former Surrey police Detective Inspector.
The Pet Detectives will be demonstrating how Molly’s scent work starts to unlock a new case and her and Colin have developed a unique almost telepathic was of communicating. There’ll be inviting owners into the arena to see how their pooches ‘sniffing skills’ measure up!
Joining us in the main arena across the weekend we are delighted to welcome Gavin and team from The Family Dog Club who will getting everyone involved in his Puppy Training Academy, Hoopers demo, training displays including showing us more about the power of your dog's nose!!