Be thrilled by the sight of canine lifesavers in action at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials in May, as a group of Newfoundland dogs jump into the river Derwent to put their famous life-saving skills to the test.

Descending on the picturesque Peak District from Friday to Sunday 15-17 May, visitors will be able to watch close up as 20 dogs from display team UK Rescue Bears showcase their water rescue techniques (displays subject to weather conditions). With a typical bodyweight of around 75-90 kilos, a double waterproof coat and a full set of webbed feet, keen volunteers can take part in mock demonstrations and get rescued by the canine lifeguards.

For those who don’t fancy getting soaked there will still be plenty to do, with regular dog-drawn cart rides and an opportunity to meet, take a photo and even have a quick bear hug with the friendly companions.  

Also for the first time the Sheep Show will be at the horse trials, bringing along nine different breeds of sheep, from Nobby the Norfolk Horn to Lenny the Lincoln Longwool, for a great mix of education and entertainment. The show will run four times a day on Saturday (16) and Sunday (17) and will feature sheep shearing, as well as the show highlight - a dancing sheep!

As well as thrilling cross country action featuring the world's leading riders, the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials has fun for all the family with entertainment including the British Scurry and Driving Trials; Pony Club Mounted Games and Falconry displays. Dog lovers will be in for a treat with the gun dog displays; have a go dog agility; dog show and hound parade.

The event has lots for children to enjoy from meeting the Chatsworth Farmyard animals to Punch and Judy shows; face painting; Mini Land Rovers; bouncy castle and giant slide.

Tickets for the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials start at £10 for adults and £4.50 for children aged five and over. For more information on the Dodson & Horrell International Chatsworth Horse Trials, visit 


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Chatsworth House Trust

The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public.  All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.

Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.

Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.

Dodson & Horrell

For further information, please visit or call us on 01832 737300

Dodson & Horrell Ltd has been leading the way in animal nutrition for 76 years pioneering manufacturing methods and promoting nutritional research.  Dodson & Horrell is particularly well known as manufacturers of feed for all types of horses from performance to leisure but also produces food for a range of animals from working gundogs to racing camels and ostriches.

The Royal Warrant of Appointment was first granted to Dodson & Horrell in 1985 for horse feed; and further extended in 2006 to that of Horse and Dog food Manufacturer to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Dodson & Horrell Ltd apart from exporting horse feed to over 42 countries also and manufactures other dog foods brands apart from Chudleys, such as Autarky and Gusto and are proud to work with charities such as the Retired Greyhound Trust.

For media enquiries please call 01458 250200 or email  @DodsonHorrell

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