Ride on down to the Vet School Rodeo in Bearsden

Vet School'Rodeo Family Day'The  tradional horse and carriage riding'14th April 2012'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Vet School'Rodeo Family Day'The tradional horse and carriage riding'14th April 2012'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

ANIMAL lovers will have a great time at the University of Glasgow Vet School’s 53rd annual charity rodeo at Bearsden’s Garscube Estate on Saturday, April 13.

The fun family event, organised by student members of the Glasgow University Veterinary Medical Association, will raise money for four animal-related charities.

Last year the event raised over £30,000 for good causes and this year promises to be even bigger and better.

A wide range of activities will be on offer, including small animal and reptile tents where visitors can handle a selection of warm and cold-blooded creatures, a dog obedience competition, and a horse arena with displays from Glasgow Polo Club and stunt horse-riding during the ‘Riding of the Storm’ event.

There will also be a display of chainsaw cutting skills, a climbing wall to test visitors’ skill, a mechanical rodeo bull for those brave enough to pit their wits against it, and Laser Quest games to play.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Scottish SPCA, assistance dog trainers Canine Partners, the Riding for the Disabled Association and the James Herriot Scholarship Fund which supports the School’s veterinary surgeons of the future.

Louise Cunningham, Rodeo committee convener and Vet School student, 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 four fantastic charities.”

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

There will also be over 25 charity stalls as well as some great gifts up for grabs on the day in the Rodeo raffle including a flying lesson, signed Scottish Rugby shirt, a Bikram yoga session, afternoon tea at The Hilton and a family ticket to Camera Obscura.

The Glasgow Vet School Rodeo will take place between 11am and 5pm at Garscube Campus, Glasgow, G20 0TH.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads. Tickets can be bought at the entrance to the event. Adult tickets are £7, concessions are £3 and family tickets are £15.

For more information e-mail vet_rodeo@hotmail.com