Dogs are always made welcome at The Game Fair, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire from Friday 27 July to Sunday 29 July.
The countdown to the largest annual outdoor countryside-themed event in the world is well under way and to celebrate the special anniversary Dogs Monthly has teamed up with The Game Fair to give away five pairs of adult tickets (worth £54 per pair when bought in advance) to one day of the event.
Gundog Row will be a thriving hub of activity for visitors to The Game Fair who have an interest in dogs, both working and family, while a variety of top international competitions is expected to pull in the crowds.
Skinner’s Pet Foods, which will be launching a new dry food recipe designed specifically for gundogs with sensitivities or dietary intolerances at The Game Fair, is returning to sponsor Gundog Row again this year. The stands on Gundog Row will have a wide range of products and information on offer, including kennels, welfare organisations, gundog training equipment, dog accessories and demo arenas.
The Home International competition is one of several top-level contests set to attract the best handlers and dogs in the world. It involves the top gundogs from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales going head-to-head in a purpose-built arena complete with authentic cover crop, jumps and water. As UK’s foremost team event, this hotly-contested competition tends to produce intense rivalry between the top dog handlers from each country.
Teams from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France and elsewhere will compete alongside Great Britain in the Euro Challenge, an annual competition being sponsored by Sporting Saint. Held on Friday 27 July, the competition will involve a variety of tricky retrieves, with each team consisting of three handlers and three dogs which be a retriever breed. The test will simulate the many and varied situations that arise when shooting and picking up with dogs, including walking up in line; standing at a drive and retrieving from cover; over fences and from water.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) will be holding gundog scurries which will give competitors a chance to win prizes on each day, gain points for the scurry league and a chance to attend the final event at the end of the summer.
Elsewhere, a unique opportunity to see more than 20 gundog breeds under one roof will be made available to visitors at the ever-popular Sporting Dog Pavilion. Headed up for the fourth consecutive year by gundog breeder and trainer Neil Rice, the marquee will feature familiar favourites and some more unusual breeds. “It is not often that you get the chance to see German shorthaired pointers sandwiched between Irish water spaniels and Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers,” said Neil.
Owners of Kennel Club registered dogs will be able to get their pets’ eyes examined by one of the UK’s top veterinary ophthalmologists, Professor Peter Bedford. The canine eye tests are being offered as part of the British Veterinary Association/Kennel Club/International Sheepdog Society (BVA/KC/ISDS) Eye Test Scheme, and will take place at the Kennel Club stand on all three days of the show.
Dog owners at the show who want to see what else is on offer can also drop their pet off for part of the day at The Game Fair’s dog creche, which has been managed by Steve Penistone from Samsalin Dog Rescue for 20 years.
Organisers are expecting more than 120,000 visitors over the three days at The Game Fair, and you could be there too.
Competition – closed!
To enter our competition to win a pair of tickets, simply answer this question: Which anniversary does The Game Fair celebrate this year?
*UK only. Winners will be selected at random and given a special code to claim their free tickets