Raining cats and dogs at the Bedales Dog Show

Bedales Senior School, Bedales Pre-Prep, Dunannie, Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst

Despite raining cats and dogs towards the end of the day, the Bedales Schools Dog Show and Fete was a great success, raising welcome funds for the John Badley Foundation, which provides fully funded bursary places at the school.

View a short film below and photo gallery here

The event, which took place on Saturday 12 May, welcomed hordes of visitors, all keen to win one of the coveted Emma Bridgewater dog bowls, which had been specially designed for the show by Matthew Rice, Bedales Chairman of Governors.

Dog Class categories included: Best Young Handler, won by Anna Batstone with Cairn Terrier, ‘Stella’; Most Enchanting Puppy won by Graeme Coulter with Cocker Spaniel ‘Rusty’; Dog the Judge would most like to take home, won by Clemmie Pike with Dachshund ‘Mouse and Best Fancy Dress with a Royal Wedding Theme won by Dexter and Jaine with English Bulldog, ‘Molly’ who played the bride and Labrador/Retriever cross, ‘Kira’ who played the groom.

Judges for the day, who kindly donated their time, were Jonathan Harwood of Petersfield’s St Peter’s Vets Ltd and Sarah Miles of Smiles Dog Training.

The traditional tea tent, bar, BBQ, live jazz and brass music played by Bedales students created a relaxed and happy atmosphere and children were kept entertained on the Dalmatian bouncy castle, in the waterfight and football zone, playing Splat the Rat or at the coconut shy.

There was also an opportunity for some gift shopping in the Market Place, with 25 stalls selling a variety of goods including printed men’s shirts, jewellery, dog collars and artisan pork pies.

** Limited number of Emma Bridgewater 'Badley Behaved' Dog Show mugs still available. See here for image. Contact: development@bedales.org.uk

Mariangela Franchetti, Bedales parent and Chair of the Fundraising Committee said: “It was wonderful to see so many visitors enjoying themselves and even the rain which came towards the end the day, did not dampen the spirits. With fitting British spirit the Royal Wedding themed fancy dress dog class still went ahead! Thank you to everyone who supported this fabulous event which encapsulated the school’s ‘Bedalian’ spirit and sense of community. Over 50 volunteers worked tirelessly to make the day a success and we are enormously grateful them and to the Bedales Parents’ Association which supported the event’.

‘Badley Behaved’ Dog Show and Fête, 2018 full list of winners:

Rescue Dog Parade: The Sterling Family with Bulldog/Staffy Cross, Clara

Waggiest Tail: William Hunt with Labrador, Portly

Perkiest Terrier: Gerald Justice with Molly

Blackest, Brownest, Yellowest or Reddest Labrador: Josie Hill-Reid with Lola

Most Enchanting Puppy: Graham Coulter with Cocker Spaniel, Rusty

Most Dignified Veteran: Sharon Mitchell with Terrier, Fudge

Best Six Legs: Masimo Viggiani with Labradoodle, Ted

Softest Ears: Ellie Alderson-Smart with German Pincher, Sugi

Best Young Handler: Anna Batstone with Cairn Terrier, Stella

Best Fancy Dress - Royal Wedding: Dexter and Janie with Labrador/Retriever Cross Kira (the groom) and English Bulldog, Molly (the bride)

Dog The Judge Would Most Like To Take Home: Clemmie Pike with Dachshund, Mouse

11-Legged Race: Sage Bidwell and Millie Harris with Labrador, Minnie and German Shepherd, Isla

Obstacle Course: Maisie


John Badley Foundation | Jonathan Harwood, St Peter's Vets Ltd | Sarah Miles, Smiles Dog Training