Mosey on down to the rodeo for a great day out for all the family

Vet School Rodeo - 'Sophie Lathan with "Jasmine" with a Boa Constrictor snake at the event in 2013
Vet School Rodeo - 'Sophie Lathan with "Jasmine" with a Boa Constrictor snake at the event in 2013

Animal lovers are set for a great day out at the University of Glasgow Vet School’s 55th annual charity rodeo this Saturday (April 18).

The fun family event at Bearsden’s Garscube Estate, organised by student members of Glasgow University Veterinary Medical Association, will raise money for eight animal-related charities.

Last year it made over £16,000 for good causes and this year they are proud to be supporting Dogs Trust, Cats Protection Glasgow Branch, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (UK), Students for Animals In Need (SAIN), The Trusty Paws Clinic, The Vet Fund, Willows Animal Sanctuary & Animal Assisted Therapy Unit, and RDA Glasgow Group. Organiser, Noelle Schariest, said: “The rodeo is a cornerstone of the Vet School’s calendar of public events and we’re delighted to be holding it again this year. It’s a great day out for all the family and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors from near and far and raising money for our fantastic charities.

“With just a few days to go for preparations things are getting really busy behind the scenes.

“We have been working since the end of September last year to ensure that this year’s rodeo will be an amazing day for everyone.”

The rodeo runs from 11am until 5pm with all the usual attractions, including duck herding, falconry, a sled dog demo, homeless hounds parade, a dog show, and some newer ones such as an animal corner with alpacas from Gilmour Bank Alpacas.

A farrier will demonstrate how to shoe a horse, the RDA will be offering pony rides and visitors can also enjoy a ride in a horse drawn carriage.

Visitors can also browse in the boutique tent with over 20 stalls with delicious food samples and crafts.

When the activity all gets a bit too much why not grab a cup of tea and sandwich in the tea tent.

There will be more than 30 charity stalls with information about the work they do and merchandise on offer.

And there will also be exotic animals in the reptile tent, including a bearded dragon and geckos.

Meanwhile, the popular small animal tent will have ferrets taking part in races as well as rabbits and hamsters - both these tents are being sponsored by Creature Comforts pet shop in Milngavie.

Tickets cost £7 for an adult, £3 concession (under 16s, students and pensioners and disabled people) and £15 for a family (two adults and two children). Children under three get in for free.

The entrance to Garscube Estate is on Maryhill Road, Bearsden, with free parking at West of Scotland Science Park and disabled parking at the vet school.