All set for rodeo fun at Garscube in Bearsden

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The annual Vet School Rodeo on Saturday, April 12 at Bearsden’s Garscube Estate promises to be even bigger and better than before.

This annual charity event is a great day out for all the family and last year it made over £15,000 for good causes.

It is organised by students at Glasgow University Vet School and their chosen charities this year include The Blue Cross, World Horse Welfare, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and some smaller ones which are close to their hearts such as The Veterinary Development Fund - The James Herriot Scholarship Fund, Students for Animals In Need (SAIN), Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue and Inti Wara Yassi, which is a Bolivian organisation which defends animal rights.

Students raised £1,321 for this year’s event during a recent collection at Asda, Bearsden and they would like to thank everyone for their kind donations and Asda for allowing them to collect there.

One of the rodeo organisers, Lucy Irvine, said: “Preparations for Rodeo 2014 are well underway and now with only a month to go things are getting busy.

“We have been working since September to ensure that this years Rodeo will be an amazing day.

“Keep your eyes peeled for our posters and banners around the area and we hope to see you all there.”

The rodeo runs from 11am until 5pm and has all the usual attractions including the popular duck herding, falconry, sled dog demo, canine partners demo, homeless hounds parade, dog show, as well as some new ones such as an animal corner with alpacas and ponies from World Horse Welfare and a horse rescue demonstration.

Second year students will run an interactive demo to show the public how a horse would be approached in an emergency - whether it’s stuck in a ditch or just can’t stand. Spectators will be able to come have a go with their horse mannequin in the horse arena.

There will also be small animal tents, a tea tent, puppet shows, British military fitness challenges, inflatables, pony and horse and carriage rides and a farrier display.

Tickets cost £7 for an adult, £3 concession and £15 for a family.

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