Fun Dog Show and Family Day at Essex Horse Charity

Remus Horse Sanctuary will be opening its gates on Sunday 1 September to welcome supporters, volunteers and members of the public for its fun Dog Show and Family Day from 1pm to 5pm. The Novelty Dog Show will commence at 1.30pm with bookings being taken from 1pm.

This will be the penultimate Open Day of the Season for the Sanctuary at Little Farm, Buttsbury, near Ingatestone, which offers free parking on-site with disabled access. Admission will be charged at just £4 per adult and £2 for children. Entry to the Dog Show is £1.50 per class.

The Remus Novelty Dog Show includes fun classes such as: Bad Hair Day and Best Sausage Catcher, along with the more traditional – Dogs with a Disability (blind, deaf or a life-changing illness) and of course, the ever-popular Best in Show. The 1st – 6th winner will receive a rosette and best Rescue Dog and Best in Show will receive a trophy each to keep.

The events at the Sanctuary are always fun and interesting for young and old alike, with bouncy castles, a children’s entertainer, live music from Midnite Blu, delicious refreshments – including gluten-free sandwiches and homemade cakes – and lots of stalls including a tombola and raffle.

The Sanctuary provides rehabilitation and care for around 200 animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, one cow that was born at the Sanctuary, goats, sheep and cats, and has been doing so since it was founded in 1983.

Every year the Sanctuary faces the risk of closure due to lack of funds. The Open Days are a vital source of fundraising for us as, due to our location on greenbelt land, we can only open to the public for a limited number of days each year.

The Sanctuary also host Afternoon Teas, Children’s Pony Days and complementary therapy workshops such as Reiki for Animals – the details for which can be found on our website.

Sue Burton, the charity’s founder, says,Our dog shows are always great fun and offer a new dimension to our open days. We always look forward to inviting the public to come and visit the Sanctuary and learn more about what we do. 

“Young and old always have such a great time! It means we’re able to show off our facilities and our amazing animals, and give people an insight into the valuable work that we do in a fun way.”

For anyone wishing to sponsor a dog class at the event, especially local businesses, please email: For information about the Sanctuary, visit or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

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