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Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show 2018

Last Year's Champion

Last Year’s Champion

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This year will be our 15th Fun Dog Show and is to be held on Saturday 15th September in the field adjacent to Daisy Meadow car park, Heybridge Basin from midday.

More details will be posted in the near future, so please keeping looking on the website and Face Book for updates.

Each year we hold a fun dog show in aid of local charities and is normally held in June, but we have decided that September would be a good time and give everyone something to look forward to towards the end of the summer.

Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show 2017 Presentation

'Reminder' Presentation SeaChange Sailing Trust

‘Reminder’ Presentation SeaChange Sailing Trust

On Bank Holiday Monday, 28th  August we had great pleasure in presenting a cheque to one of our chosen charities, SeaChange Sailing Trust, supported by this year’s fun dog show held in Daisy Meadow on 10th June.

The £475.00 (half of the £950 total raised from the dog show) will go towards the fitting out of their new  barge ‘Blue Mermaid’.

SeaChange takes underprivileged , excluded and disabled young people for a week or two on ‘Reminder’. Hilary said they have some team leaders who themselves started out on ‘the discarded register’. The youngsters are invited to help with all aspects of life on-board, including navigation, which when they have plotted a course and worked out how long they will take to reach their destination, Hilary tells them that they have just successfully carried out ‘applied maths’. They also get involved with geography, history, cooking, communications, astrology, to name but a few subjects, as well as sail and barge handling, and of course, ‘health and safety’.

The ‘students’ go home with a certificate, often the first they have ever achieved and a lot of self belief.

Basin Oars always get involved, and whilst we were making up twelve bunks with fresh bedding the next ‘crew’ arrived, people from  the other end of the spectrum, Hilary calls it ‘Dementia Adventure’. Folk with their partners or carers going out for a week of leisurely, no pressure enjoyment.

The Basin Oars are so please to have helped this worthy cause. Who knows, we might find ourselves as a passenger in the future!

Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show 2016

Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show 2016 A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported our village fun dog show on Saturday 11th June. It was a fantastic day with our best turn out, being our 13th show. The weather was kind with the rain holding off until after we had finished packing away.

We had 95 dogs entered with record entries for each class. Overall, with everyone’s support we raised £1,167 for Row4aReason.

Our best in Show for 2016 is Isabel Patten and Nico, a 7 month old Crossbreed.

2016 Best in Show

Champion 2016 Best in Show

Reserve Champion 2016 Cocan Freeman and Dylan

Elliot Adams and Alfie

Elliot Adams and Alfie

Heybridge Parish Council Best Partnership – the Armitage Family and Scarlet, a 17 week old Red Fox Labrador

Please see our Gallery page for more photos of the show.


Oars and Paws Dog Show 13th June 2015

Our fun dog show in aid of ROW4AREASON was held on Saturday 13th June 2015 in Daisy Meadow, Heybridge Basin.

Despite the weather starting out damp we had a great turnout.

This is our 12th year of running the show and it’s grown in popularity year on year to become one our village’s established annual events with the sole intention for everyone to have fun! Its other main aim is to raise valuable funds for the annual sponsored rowing race around Northey Island, organised by Row4AReason, which is to be held on 25th September.

There was a strong crowd with 59 dogs which were entered into  numerous classes totalling 194 entries.

The emphasis of this show is FUN for all the family, with child handlers being actively encouraged.

The judges this year were Carole and Keith Lawson and Peggy and Dave Howard.

During the interval the Burnham Collaborators Flyball Team gave an insight into this exciting sport.

The results were:

Best in Show – Charlotte Maynard and Reuben, Reserve Best in Show Master Wood and Tia.

Best in Show and Reserve





The Best Partnership – awarded by the Heybridge Parish Council to Steve Sumner and Bella. Best Partnership




Class 1 Prettiest Bitch – Madda and Mark Osbourne

Class 2 Most Handsome Dog – Archie and Diane Smith

Class 3 Most Appealling Eyes – Jarvis and Sue Wadwell

Class 4 Best Condition – Rueben and Charlotte Maynard

Class 5 Fastest Sausage Eater – Jambo and Daryl Flint

Class 6 K9 Kids – Harvey and Tadhg Leeson-King

Class 7 Perkiest Pensioner – Cookie and Vanessa Mallow

Class 8 Agility Stakes – Zebbie and Nina Gibson

Class 9 Dog Judges would most like to take home – Reuben – Charlotte Maynard

The amount we raised was just over £850.00!! The monies coming from entry fees for classes and the agility arena, the refreshment tent (hot dogs and home made cakes), home made dog biscuits and home made crafts. We also had two smaller competitions, Guess How Many Dog Biscuits in the jar and Name the Cuddly Toy. This a free entrance event and we’d like to thank those people who very kindly put donations into our bucket.

The team and all their loyal helpers, work so very hard for these few hours of fun. Heartfelt thanks to all.

Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show 2014

Thank you to everyone who came to the dog show on Saturday 14th June.

Well the rain held off and although it was fairly cloudy, it was warm and the event was hailed a success!Through the support we had from everyone who came along and took part, watched and helped we thought we had raised over £600 but it is now £720 for Row4AReason. Thank you everyone!

There were over 60 dogs including unusual breeds, cross breeds and many colours amounting to 149 entries across the classes.

The Best in Show was Gus, a Springer X Cocker Spaniel, owned by Sarah Green.

Gus, Best in Show

Gus, Best in Show


Reserve was Louie, a Greek Akbash, owned by Chris and Tony Saberi.

Reserve, Louie

Reserve, Louie

The winner of the Heybridge Parish Council Best PartnershipTrophy was Stella Botham with her two rescue dogs and a friend’s dog who entered every class!

Best Partnership and Heybridge Parish Council Trophy winner

Heybridge Parish Council Best Partnership Trophy winner

Here are a few more pictures from the show:

The Agility Stakes Winners

The Agility Stakes Winners


Show on the Go

Show on the Go









Below is Jolly, the Guide Dog we helped raise funds for last year. It was lovely to have her make an appearance at our show!



Dog Show Saturday 29th June

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 10th Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show a barking success!


We enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with fabulous weather and a terrific turnout. We had about 78 dogs entering across the nine classes and in excess of 200 people.

We are very pleased and proud to announce that you helped us raise almost £1000 for Row4AReason.

Best in Show went to Lisa Styles and Alfie, Reserve Best in Show went to Jan Clark and Sam.
Other awards went to the Dodds family and Bella for the Best Child Handler and the Mills family and Monty for the Heybridge Parish Council Best Partnership cup.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind were there and we had alternative grooming in the intermission!

Our thanks go to everyone who helped with the show and to everyone who came along. Thanks also to Marie Swan for donating a new tunnel for the agility.

You can see more pictures from the show on our Dog Show 2013 post

Dog Show 2013


We began with humble ambition back in 2003 just to have a little bit of fun with our dogs and our friends and their dogs and maybe raise a little for charity. Each year the show has grown and become an annual village event, always the following weekend of the Blackwater Show.

Whilst it is still essentially a village show, people come from neighbouring villages and towns having heard about it through seeing our posters in the village, local shops and vets, word of mouth and by having a flyer thrust in their hands by us when we see them walking with their dog(s)!!

The Oars and Paws Dog Show supports Row 4a Reason each year and to date we have raised in the region of £6000.

Here are some photos from this year’s show, 2013 including alternative grooming!












Here are a few pictures from last year’s show:

2012 Dog Show

This year’s fun dog show took place on Saturday 30th June in Daisy Meadow, Heybridge Basin. We had a great day with the sun shining on us. It was good to see some familiar faces from previous shows and also to see some new dogs with their handlers. We hope those who came enjoyed what is becoming a popular annual village event!

Of the eight classes, we had a total of 126 entries. The most popular being the canine with the most appealing eyes, followed by the dog the judges would most like to take home.

We should like to thank those who generously gave a donation including the Parish Council who also donated a trophy again this year.

Thank you to everyone who supported our village fun dog show and helped us raise just over £600 for Row4AReason.

Next year’s Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show will be our 10th and we are hoping to make it our best yet and with your support we are sure we can!

2010 Dog Show

Held on Saturday 19th June 2010 in Daisy Meadow courtesy of Clint Swann

Despite a blustery and showery day, we had over sixty entries for Oars and Paws FUN Dog Show raising £420 for St Georges Chapel/Community Centre. This was the 7th year that the The Basin Oars Charity Rowing Team organised this event ably assisted by members of the Row4AReason Committee – and it is now a firm favourite on Heybridge Basin’s calendar. Two rings were set up, one for the ‘showing’ events, and another for the Agility Course. Rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and Specials for best child handler.

The Agility Stakes is another timed event which causes amusement, especially when the owners negotiate the ‘tunnel’ along with their dogs. Our aim is for everyone to have fun and love their dog.

We were so pleased to have so many lovely dogs and competitors, and our judges certainly had a difficult task. There are two events where the judges can take a back seat, The Fastest Sausage Eater – an event run in pairs, against the clock. The owners have to eat a donut without licking their lips, then negotiate two jumps to get their dog to the sausage distributor (this must be the most dangerous job – our young assistant Cullan Frost kneeling down holding a sausage in each hand at arms length!) – as soon as the dog had consumed the sausage then the clock is stopped. And yes, Cullan did have ten fingers left at the end of this competition.

HM Prison Service were kind enough to demonstrate with two of their Drug Busting dogs, Ranger and Zac, passive and active drug searching techniques.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to all our helpers, broadcasters, judges, catering and the ‘biggest beefburgers in the world’ suppliers, and to the children that so willingly helped us. Also to Megan Tolfrey and her friends, who tirelessly found entrants for “How Many Dog Biscuits In the Jar” and ‘Name The Cuddly Dog” competitions.

The only down side was the lack of a public convenience, which MDC removed a month ago. We installed a loo tent and porta potti, but it wasn’t adequate. So if there is anyone out there that can assist us with a Portaloo for next year, please get in touch with us.