A RECORD number of people attended this year’s Canine Partners summer show.
More than 1,100 visitors supported the charity’s big day – the biggest event in its calendar – which was opened by the mayor of Chichester, John Hughes, and his wife Cherry, with pupils of Duncton CE Junior School.
There were demos throughout the day from the Waggamuffins Flyball Team, the Canine Partners team, Midhurst Dancers, and a hugely-successful Kennel Club-registered dog show sponsored by Purina.
The summer show and dog show were complemented by a Motown evening featuring the Tamla Tigers, who rocked the centre after dark.
Organiser Holly Bryan said: “We were delighted with the number of people who came along on the day.
“The atmosphere was wonderful and everyone had a fabulous day.”
The show and raffle is expected to have raised more than £12,000 for the national assistance dog charity, which will go towards training more dogs at the Heyshott base and the new centre in the Midlands.
Dog show organiser Julie Graham welcomed more than 162 entrants for the Purina-sponsored event and said: “It was a huge success on the day and an incredible amount of fun. We had dogs of all shapes and sizes and it was fantastic to welcome them all to take part.
“We must thank Purina for sponsoring our first Kennel Club dog show.
“My hope is that it’ll be even bigger next year.”
In addition to live arena demonstrations showing how a canine partner helps someone who has a disability, there were local crafts and cakes as well as a kids’ zone, while for adults there was a barbecue provided by The Royal Oak and tours of the centre, tombola, welly-wanging, guess the puppy name and craft stalls.
The next big event will be the Big Petworth Dog Walk on September 28 at Petworth Park. For details contact Holly Bryan on 01730 716013 or register online at caninepartners.org.uk/events/bigdogwalk