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DISPLAY TEAM


Display Teams Diary

 

The Southern Golden Retriever Society's Display Team consists of sixteen Golden Retrievers and their handlers performing obedience routines to music. They are supported by a number of reserve dogs and handlers, music assistant and "roadies".

For over thirteen years the Team have delighted audiences throughout the South of England at venues large and small, including school fetes and events in aid of local hospices and animal charities such as Guide Dogs for the Blind. They also perform at larger events around the country.

In addition to performing at community events the Team have performed every year since 2003 at the Kennel Club's Discover Dogs at Earls Court, London, and since 2004 at the world's largest dog show, Crufts, at the NEC, Birmingham. The Team were delighted to be asked by The Kennel Club to perform at the two day London Pet Show at Earls Court in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and also to run the Golden Retriever breed stand.

In July 2013 The Golden Retriever Club of Great Britain celebrated their Centenary with a four day event at Cirencester Park on The Bathurst Estate, Gloucestershire, and the Team were honoured to have been invited to perform. This once-in-a-lifetime event was attended by Golden Retriever lovers from around the world.

In September 2013 the Team were invited by the TV Vet Marc Abraham to perform at his charity Pup Aid event at Primrose Hill, London. Pup Aid aims to draw attention to the evils of puppy farming.

The Team also appeared at Discover Dogs in November 2013.

A new event for the Team will be Buckham Fair in Somerset. They have been invited by Martin Clunes to perform at the Fair on 17th August 2014. This event is held on his estate in Somerset in aid of local charities.

In its lifetime, the Display Team have appeared live twice on Blue Peter (all received the coveted Blue Peter badge), helped present a science lesson on Youtube (Pets Teach Science) and have even been used as a means for a proposal of marriage!

The dogs in the Team are much loved family pets and include some wonderful rescue dogs who have blossomed and grown in confidence with their new owners. The Team dogs are also involved in other activities such as the PAT dog scheme, obedience training, gundog work and agility. Team members enjoy showing the public the joy of owning well behaved dogs and the dogs love it. Golden Retrievers seem particularly suited to the Team work as they are a very sociable breed. They think they belong to a doggy youth club!

The Team are always ready to welcome new members provided they are fully paid up members of the Society.   An ability to walk in time to a beat and dogs who have gained their Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold award or equivalent are also a basic necessity. They train throughout the year on an outdoor hard court at St Marys Platt, Kent, on Tuesday evenings throughout the Summer and on Saturday afternoons during the Winter - whatever the weather! Its this commitment that makes the Display Team what it is a group of dedicated men and women who love the challenge of putting on a great display, love their dogs and enjoy the company and social life that being a member of the Team brings.

If you are interested in the activities of the Display Team their performance dates appear on the SGRS website. In addition the Southern Golden Retriever Society Display Team Facebook page has plenty of information and photographs of the Team in action.

If you and your Golden wish to be considered for the Team or if you are interested in booking them for an event contact Team Manager Karen Menter at karenmenter@yahoo.com

Click here to view the Display team Diary