The event, ‘Canine Capers’, is a free, fun dog show, and in 2017 will take place on the Sunday 02 July, 1.45pm to 4.00pm with registration from 1.45pm,
It will be led by local residents and dog-lovers!
Locaton of the event
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In 2012 local residents in Hartshill and Harpfields had huge fun staging a series of events, sporting and otherwise, over the spring and summer that were inspired by the London Olympics. Well, so successful and enjoyable were the events that we’ve been doing it all ever since – with a few added extras!
One event that demonstrates that this really is a set of activities that put a novel twist on the Olympic theme, as it involves dogs as well as humans! The event, ‘Canine Capers’, is a free, fun dog show, and in 2015 will take place on the last Sunday in June, at Hartshill Park and Nature Reserve, just above St Thomas Aquinas RC Primary School; it will be led by local residents and dog-lovers!
This is an afternoon of activities for dogs and their owners which includes obedience tests, fetching objects, a dog show and similar canine capers. All participants receive a commemorative certificate, with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded as appropriate, alongside the more traditional rosettes.
Those interested should note that the ground is uneven and steep in places and are advised to wear trousers and walking shoes. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The route is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. As well as those taking part in the event, well-behaved dogs on leads accompanied by responsible owners are welcome as spectators.
The central idea of our Community Events is to build on the variety of things we have been doing for several years now, and to involve people of all age groups so that this is a genuinely community-wide project. Our aim remains to involve people of all age groups and levels of ability (canine as well as human!) so that this is a genuinely community-wide project, not just for the young and athletic. We have especially sought to involve those not traditionally involved or interested in sport as such.
About 100 people and 50 dogs of all shapes and sizes were put through their paces by the judges led by local residents Val Bambrick and Helen Ranford, with great support from others including Adrian Ellis and Lynne Hammersley. It was an enormously enjoyable afternoon with a real sense of community and good old-fashioned fun, with winners receiving lovely medals and rosettes designed by local resident, Royce Bambrick. Like virtually all our events, Canine Capers goes from strength to strength!
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The images below are from the 2015 event.