Entries open for the Redwings Christmas Show Online!

We're delighted that best-selling novelist Elly Griffiths will be helping to judge a new festive version of our online horse and pet show, and entries are now open! 

Elly, author of the hugely popular Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries and and honorary adopter of donkeys Wiggins and Wacko , will be casting her eye over entries to a very special set of classes which give owners the opportunity to write a short story about how their animals have helped put a smile on their faces during this difficult year.

Elly said: "I’m always delighted to support Redwings. Like Ruth and Kate in my books, I’m the proud sponsor of a Redwings donkey. I’ve loved horses all my life and it’s an honour to be connected to an organisation that cares for these wonderful creatures."

This follows the success of our first ever online show in May which attracted more than 600 entries and raised over £2,200 after we were forced to cancel our annual fundraising horse show due to the coronavirus lockdown – and we hope even more supporters (two and four-legged) will join in this time!

Entries to the Show cost a donation of £3 each and everyone will have until the end of Sunday 13th December. All winners will be announced the following week.

It's simple to enter. You just need to:

1. Choose the classes you would like to enter - Download the full schedule of classes here

2. Donate your entry fees on our JustGiving page here. To take part we ask for a donation of just £3 per class. Please ensure that your JustGiving message includes your class name name and pet's name. Please also ensure that your name and donation are in public view, and match the details on your entry form, so we can match you up to your form. 

3. Click here to download the entry form. You can fill in the entry form on your PC or other device and then email the completed form, along with your photo entries to events@redwings.co.uk. Entries close on Sunday 13th December. 

The Redwings Christmas Show Online offers a variety of festive-themed classes, including ‘Christmas Cracker’ (Handsomest Gelding) and ‘Mare-y Christmas’ (Prettiest Mare) in the horse classes, and ‘Santa Paws’ (Most Dashing Dog) and ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’ (Best Seasonal Photo) in the dog classes.

All animals are welcome to compete in the pet classes, from cats to rabbits, from hamsters to tortoises – the more the merrier! Classes include ‘Under the Mistletoe’ (Cuddliest Pet Photo), ‘Best ‘Elfie’ (Best Selfie with your Pet) and ‘Santa’s Naughty and Nice List’ challenging you to capture an image to prove your pet is the cheekiest or most angelic!

There are also new ‘Happy Tails of 2020’ classes, which will be judged by Elly Griffiths, where owners of all ages can pay tribute to the ways their pets have raised their spirits or helped them throughout the challenges of this year.

Show organiser Jude Palmer said: “We were blown away by the support shown to our first online show in the spring. Since then, we’ve had many people ask us to repeat it and, as we now unfortunately find ourselves in the middle of a second lockdown, it seemed like the perfect time to launch a new festive version of the show which we hope will put a big smile on everyone’s faces in the run-up to Christmas.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Elly Griffiths, as well as our other judges from Equilibrium Products, Pooch’s Dog Treats and Joules, for donating their time to help us pick our winners!

"As a charity 100% funded by donations, this year has been incredibly challenging for us, so every penny raised through the show will go a long way to supporting our rescued horses and donkeys this Christmas and give us a wonderful boost as we head into the New Year.”

Good luck everyone!