Dogs of all shapes and sizes, ducks, sheep, ponies and falcons join the equestrian line up at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials for a weekend of animal magic to delight all the family.

One of the country’s leading dog display teams will be putting on an entertaining display encouraging the crowd to get involved with tricks and games to show how much fun can be had training a dog, whatever the breed. Run by former police dog handler Stuart Brace, The Paws for Thought Dog Display Team has appeared at Crufts; Britain’s got Talent and the CBBC show, Who Let the Dogs Out?

Dog owners can get involved in the action and put their pups through their paces with ‘Have a Go Agility’ classes. An expert team will be on hand to help entrants learn how to fly over jumps; race through tunnels; up and over A frames and in and out of weave poles. 

For something less energetic, visitors can enter their canine into the Family Fun Dog Show to find the Most Handsome Dog; Best Rescue and Best Child Handler to name a few of the show classes available to enter throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Sam Horrell, CEO at Dodson & Horrell said:
“We are delighted to be back at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials for a fourth year as title sponsor and to have the opportunity to see some of the world’s best riders compete in such a fantastic setting. It is always great fun to watch the variety of family entertainment staged over the weekend including gundog displays, have-a-go dog agility, the dog show and the hound parade alongside the array of other activities for all the family to enjoy.”

For those with a less than perfectly behaved dog, The Dog and Duck Show is a must see! Stuart Barnes and his team use trained and untrained sheep dogs to herd ducks, using the show to educate visitors about common dog behaviour issues and  how these can be resolved. The show demonstrates how untrained and poorly behaved dogs still have a programmed natural instinct, giving the audience a new understanding of the ‘Way of the Dog’. 

For more canine insight, the Mullensote Gun Dog Display will provide an educational yet fun show which incorporates various training methods, human and dog psychology and will demonstrate with dogs of varying breeds and ages from a puppy to fully trained dogs.

One of the most popular attractions last year had to be the gorgeous ‘Rescue Bears’. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet this very special group of canine lifesavers, from the National Newfoundland Display Team. Come and meet these gentle giants, have a photo taken with them and even a quick bear hug with one of these friendly companions. They will also be offering cart rides for small children. 

Watch miniature ponies take on large cob ponies in the British Scurry and Trials Driving as their drivers tackle an obstacle course which is made from cones, temporary barriers, flags, arches and ramps all against the clock. The competitions are family friendly and the rules are easy to follow.

Appearing at over 120 shows a year in front of an estimated 2.5 million people, the Sheep Show run by New Zealander Richard Savory has captured the hearts of many with it amazing sheep. Nobby, the Norfolk Horn stands centre stage while others are introduced to their podiums, all to their own theme tunes. The shearing demonstration will have the audience captivated while the 'Sheep Show Hustle' or dancing sheep will surely be a crowd pleaser.

Ye Old Red Tail Falconry brings the ancient art of Falconry into the modern age with a fast and exciting display that is guaranteed to thrill audiences of all ages. Ray and Wendy Alliker take the wonderful world of nature and, expertly, deliver it into the arena – giving the audience a chance to see the natural abilities of the birds, how they live, fly and hunt in the wild, combined with atmospheric music, costumes and a captivating commentary.

Away from the arena, children can meet the Chatsworth Farmyard animals, have their face painted, drive a mini Land Rover and let off steam in a giant bouncy castle.

Adult day tickets on the gate are £12 Friday; £16 Saturday and £18 Sunday. Children under five get in free; children aged five to 14 inclusive are £5 each day. Discounted advance tickets can be purchased online up until 10 May here: Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials.

For more information, visit Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials
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Dodson & Horrell
Dodson & Horrell Ltd is a family run business that is proud of its heritage. The company is Europe’s leading specialist equine feed manufacturer and a worldwide authority on nutrition and feeding. A pioneer of manufacturing methods the company has been leading the way in equine nutrition and nutritional research for over 75 years and exports to over 42 countries.

As official supplier of nutrition to Equestrian Team GBR since 2009 Dodson & Horrell works closely with the entire team to deliver nutritional advice to both the Performance and World Class Programmes.  

In addition Dodson & Horrell supports a variety of top equestrian athletes who make up 
‘Team D&H’.  The ambassadors play a vital role within the company by highlighting the quality of the feed and nutritional advice representing a variety of disciplines - carriage driving, eventing, 
para-dressage, showjumping and dressage. 

Dodson & Horrell’s Brand Ambassadors are:
Dressage: Richard Davison, Anna Ross
Driving: Boyd Exell (AUS)
Eventing: Laura Collett, Piggy French, Harry Meade, Zara Phillips, Spencer Sturmey
Para-dressage: Lee Pearson, Sophie Wells 
Showjumping: Lauren Hough (USA), Yazmin Pinchen

Dodson & Horrell has a long history in supporting equestrian sports across all levels, from its title sponsorship of the iconic Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials to sponsorship of the British Dressage Novice Championships, the British Showjumping Amateur & Veteran Championships and The Festival of British Eventing Novice Championships as well as over 25 years of support for Point-to-Point racing.  

Dodson & Horrell were honoured to be granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment in 1985 for horse feed and is proud to continue as Horse Food Manufacturer to HM Queen Elizabeth to the present day. 
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The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation. 
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