Maine Coon cats will be on show at Rassehunde Ausstellung in Germany.
Flickr user Laura Bittner
As any pet owner will know, going on holiday
without your pet is not an easy thing to do. This is where we come in! With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle you can
travel from Folkestone to Calais with your pet by your side in just 35 minutes.
From there, the whole of Continental Europe is within easy reach. To help you
plan the summer holiday of a lifetime, we’ve selected a few of our favourite
upcoming pet events in France and beyond.
While Rassehunde Ausstellung
translates to dog show, this event is not just for dog lovers. The show, which
is held over two days in mid-June, includes two dog shows, one cat show and a
whole area full of vendors displaying their pet-related goods. The event is
hosted at the Messe Erfurt convention centre, a large exhibition space in
Erfurt, the capital city of the Thuringia region.
The first day of the show, Saturday the 18th
of June, will see Germany’s National Dog Show take place, followed by the
International Dog Show the next day. Hundreds of dogs and their owners will
compete in both shows, hoping to win points and be awarded the title of Best in
Show. At the same time, but in a separate hall, the FCI International Cat
Exhibition will be taking place. Saturday’s show will include Siamese, Thai,
Oriental short and long hair, and Balinese cats, while Sunday is reserved for
Maine coon, Norwegian forest and Siberian cats.
Ausstellung takes place on the 18th-19th June in Erfurt,
Held every year in Tarbes, a town in the
Midi-Pyrénées, Equestria, as
you may have guessed from its name, is a festival that’s all about horses. The
festival was started in 1995 and has grown bigger year-on-year, with more than
45,000 people in attendance in 2015. Unlike a traditional horse fair, Equestria
is a family friendly event that aims to showcase all things equestrian.
During the day, visitors can browse the
vendors’ stalls for riding equipment and equestrian crafts, as well as
jewellery, art and local produce, but the horse shows are probably the most
anticipated attraction. The shows, which feature skilful artists and their
horses, are held throughout the day and into the night. The ‘Night of
Creations’ show is the highlight of the festival and is certainly not one to
miss. Horse lovers will have a great time at Equestria.
© Flickr Mussi Katz
takes place on the 19th-24th of July in Tarbes, France.
Dog Show 2016
Belgium has a long history of dog shows, as it
was here that the first ever dog show was organised. Held in 1847 on the
outskirts of Brussels, the show featured one breed only, the pointer, and three
judges, alongside several exhibitors. Since then, a pedigree database has been
established and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the biggest
canine organisation in the world, has been formed and regular dog shows have been
held ever since.
2016’s European Dog Show will be held
at the Brussels Expo centre over four days and will feature hundreds of
different dog breeds. Each dog will go before specialist judges who will award
them points based on their appearance and gait, as they vie for the title of
Best in Show. This is a great event for any dog lover, and as Brussels is just
over two hours’ drive from Calais, it’s perfect for a short getaway.Visitors to the European Dog Show will see all kinds of dogs.
© Flickr VirtualWolf
The European Dog Show 2016 takes place on the 26th-28th August in Brussels, Belgium.
Plan your summer holiday
You can get from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes when you travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. And you’ll never have to leave your pet behind again.