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Video by Flora Ellis

We are excited to tell you about our programme of events

Join the Strutt Your Mutt Challenge today
2 and 5 mile walks start from 9am through until 4pm

Walk through the beautiful Benacre Estate

Challenge yourself and your dog to walk either a two or a five mile route on the picturesque Benacre Estate and why not raise money for our charity by getting friends and family to sponsor you.

Benacre National Nature Reserve is managed by Natural England with much of the reserve being private property and not normally open to the public so, thanks to the kindness and generosity of Lady Gooch, taking part in Strutt your Mutt is a great opportunity to learn more about this beautiful area and the plants and animals that inhabit it. It is a fascinating example of England’s countryside at its diverse best with our walks taking visitors through a wide range of habitats ranging from farmland to heathland and from woodland to beach. Part of the estate has been internationally recognised as an area of special conservation value and is well worth the walk so take your binoculars and camera with you.

The nature reserve is made up of a variety of habitats which are home to many rare and unusual species of plants and animals. As you walk you can glimpse open water lagoons, walk alongside reed beds, and through woodland. The marshes are a valuable habitat for plants such as marsh mallow, marsh sow thistle and golden dock. Look out for Marsh Harriers overhead or perhaps you might hear the distinctive pinging calls of bearded tits as they delicately hunt for insects and reed seeds.

Bearded Tit
Golden Dock
Marsh Harrier
Tern
Marsh Mallow Plant

For more about the Benacre Estate go to http://www.benacre.co.uk/

You might also enjoy these great photos on Flickr taken by Sarah James at last years Strutt Your Mutt.

Strutt Your Mutt Fun Dog show – Entries from 10am – judging from 12.00

Our fun dog show is open to all, whether you’ve got a pedigree Poodle or a cheeky Chorkie (Chihuahua X Yorkshire Terrier) there is a class for you at the Strutt your Mutt Dog show. There will be rosettes and prizes to be won up to 5th place in each class, with the best dogs going forward to the ultimate accolade of Best in show.

The face of Strutt Your Mutt 2016
12.00
Handsomest Dog
12.20
Prettiest Bitch
12.40
Waggiest Tail
1.00
Best Movement
1.20
Dogs under 16” tall
1.40
Dogs over 16” tall
2.00
Best Veteran (over 7 years)
2.20
Dog the Judge would most like to take home
2.40
Best Rescue Dog
3.00
Cutest Dog
3.30
Best in show and reserve best in show

Main Arena

Templewicks “My Dogs Got Talent”

Strutt Your Mutt 2020 are proud to present the Templewicks “My Dogs Got Talent” competition to be held in the main arena at our event on Sunday 14th June.

So if you have you trained your dog to do a unique trick, this is the competition for you. You do not need an impressive repertoire of lots of tricks, we are simply looking for something special you have taught your dog to do, such as rollover on command, take a bow, peek-a-boo, balance something on their nose, jump through a hoop, dance or count. The list is endless and it is up to you as long as you and your dog enjoy yourselves.

This is a fun competition and everyone who enters will receive a prize and a rosette for taking part.

Free to enter this competition is open to everyone, individuals, dog training clubs and owners of all age.

Ridgeside Falconry Display

The falconry displays in the main arena, which we are sure will capture your attention.

At these demonstrations you will see falcons flying to the swung lure, kestrels displaying a different style of hunting, which is to hover and the broadwings (that's buzzards, eagles, kites and vultures) flying low from posts and trees gliding down to the glove for food. We are however told that on a good day and with the right conditions they may be able to get some height and show off a bit by soaring. Make sure to have your camera with you as there will be some superb photo opportunities.

One of the largest falconry displays in the country and a static display of approximately 15-20 different birds of prey from all around the world, including Owls, Hawks, Eagles and Vultures.

Between the flying demonstrations, visitors will have a chance to visit the stand to learn more about these magnificent birds of prey. There will also be an opportunity to be photographed with one of these magnificent birds and the highly skilled team who have a wealth of knowledge will be on hand to share their extensive knowledge of falconry.

The Little Nippers Lurcher and Terrier Display

Little Nippers

Phill Gibbons and his team from Ridgeside invite you to see their fantastic lurchers and terriers do what comes naturally to them.

In the arena they race at full speed chasing the electric lure. They can’t wait to bring real mayhem to the Strutt your Mutt main arena with Little Nippers Racing, it’s a fast action -packed demonstration with an informative and humorous commentary by Phill.

You will also be invited to "have a go" with your own dogs - whatever their breed!

We are told that not only is great fun for the dogs – audiences love it too!

Little Nippers
Little Nippers
Little Nippers

Sheep (and Geese) Herding with David Seamark

David is a sheep and arable farmer running a flock of 600 breeding ewes. His display is with sheep and geese and up to five dogs.

The demonstration portrays the skill and commitment of a working sheepdog doing its daily work and shows the different characters and abilities of the dogs. David will present two entertaining shows inviting children into the arena to assist with the performance.

Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team

Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team

Strutt Your Mutt welcomes back the Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team, who always delights audiences with their unique style of canine agility. The team is made up of different sizes and breeds dogs and features them tearing through tunnels, weaving poles, racing over a series of jumps and performing spectacular fire jumps. A mix of superb skills, breath-taking high- speed stunts and humorous presentation provides a must see show

Have a Go Attractions at Strutt Your Mutt

Have a Go Agility

With Richard and Natalie from the Award Winning Barking Mad Dog Training Club

Whether you are new to agility or an experienced competitor, our at Strutt Your Mutt course is great fun for most breeds as they navigate a variety of obstacles by running, jumping, going over and through. Agility is a fantastic way to bond with your dog and provides a different kind of exercise.

You will be accompanied around the circuit and given expert advice and assistance so both you and your dog enjoy the experience.

Fastest Recall

You can enter this have-a-go over the straw bales event as many times are you like. Fastest time wins. Entry fee is £1 with all the monies raised going to our Strutt Your Mutt charity of the year.

The Fastest dog for both the large and small dog categories will be announced at the end of the day. First to 3rd places each receive a rosette and a bag of dog food. Winners in each of the categories also receive a small trophy.

Fun Dog Scurry

New to Strutt Your Mutt this year our Fun Dog Scurry, organised by Julian and Andy Mutimer from Blyvally Labradors.

Whether your dog is a professional gun dog or you are just having a go for fun, everyone is guaranteed to enjoy! The team will be on hand all day to give pointers and advice.

For the Children

Lets go Mini Beast Hunting with Butterflies of Britain

Lindsey Andrews and her team will be providing Mini Beast hunting and butterfly spotting as well as all sorts of other beastie activities on the day so make sure and find their tent for some family educational fun.

The Butterflies of Britain education programme provide outreach educational sessions and experiences for children and families across Suffolk and Norfolk. Visit their website for more information www.butterfliesofbritain.co.uk or follow them on Facebook@butterflyeducation

Sand Art Fun and Art

For more information follow them on Facebook

Photographers at Strutt Your Mutt

Paws and Pose

Lola

Paws and Pose for a moment – for a Strutt Your Mutt photo with your dog/s and family/friends.

Photographer Debbie Townsend will be situated at the start of the Strutt Your Mutt walks to capture the excitement of the day as everyone sets off on their walks. Everyone will be given a card with details of how to view the photos and an opportunity to purchase them if they wish but there is absolutely no obligation at all.

Go to www.pawsnpose.pixieset.com/sym2020/

Kerry Tarrant

To capture the fun in the arenas, back at Wood Farm Barn will be Event Photographer Kerry Tarrant.

Go to www.kerrytarrantphotography.co.uk/gallery/events/ for her photos of the day

Other attractions include

Music and Entertainment from Maria Sax and Ian Larkin

Maria Sax
Ian Larkin

Visit the Nags Head Bar and take your pick from a wide variety of food stands inside our walled garden area.

Lots of shopping from a wide variety of trade and charity stands. See vendors & Entertainment for the latest information.

Relax, its Strutt Your Mutt
Relax, its Strutt Your Mutt