Ten thousand dogs come to Duke’s stunning estate in the two-day Bigger Than Crufts dog show


It’s a glorious goodwoof! Ten thousand dogs who will be “bigger than Crufts” at the Duke of Richmond’s stunning Sussex estate in a two-day dog ​​show he promises.

  • Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible Stuntteam is to design a series of obstacles
  • Charles Richmond, the Duke of Richmond said he was expecting A-listers at the event
  • In addition to traditional shepherd dog trials, there is “barkour” – a canine version of parkour
  • The kennels at Goodwood had central heating 100 years before the main house

It may be famous for its classic racing cars and thoroughbred racehorses – but Goodwood is becoming Goodwoof this month to take on the world’s most famous dog show.

About 10,000 dogs will descend on the Duke of Richmond’s estate in West Sussex in a two-day dog ​​show billed as “bigger than Crufts”.

He hired the Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible stunt team to design a series of trials and is expecting an A-list and royal audience at the event.

The Duke – or Charles Richmond to his friends – told The Mail on Sunday: “It’s more than just a traditional dog show like Crufts. This is about the relationship between you and your dog, what you get out of that relationship, and what you do together.

The Duke of Richmond – to his friends Charlie Richmond – poses with three of his dogs

“This is a grand celebration of how the British have tended to put their dogs above all else for centuries.”

Goodwood – or Glorious Goodwood for horse racing fans – is a fitting location for the show, which will be broadcast live on ITV. His Georgian pet mansion, The Kennels, was the “most luxurious kennel” in the world when it was designed in 1787 by James Wyatt, the top architect of the time.

The Duke, sitting next to his dogs Winston, Ruby and Leto, said: “The kennels were designed to be as grand as the house. We as a nation tend to take better care of our dogs than we take care of ourselves; Central heating was installed 100 years before the main house.’

The beautiful Sussex estate will host the event, which is promised to be

The beautiful Sussex estate will host the event, which is promised to be “bigger than Crufts”.

The kennel is now used as a clubhouse for the estate’s athletes and their dogs. All dogs are members in their own right and receive named water bowls upon registration.

The Duke said: “It therefore felt right that the Goodwood kennels should host an event of this magnitude. I hope Goodwoof becomes a regular part of the summer for people across the country to enjoy with their dogs every year.”

In addition to the traditional herding dog tests, there is “barkour” – a dog version of parkour in which dogs complete a course as fluently as possible.

For more laid-back pets, a spa offers “doga” — canine yoga — as well as gong-sound meditations, dubbed “dog baths” by the Duke, after the sound baths with tinkling gongs that have become a trending way to relax for some people.

The organizers of the Goodwood celebrations have recruited the Mission: Impossible Stunts team

The organizers of the Goodwood celebrations have recruited the Mission: Impossible Stunts team

He has scheduled talks from behavioral and veterinary experts and promises “lots of walking around and looking at things over a glass of champagne, similar to the Chelsea Flower Show”.

James Middleton, brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, was revealed to be the face of the event by the MoS last week. He breeds spaniels and gave his sister and Prince William a black cocker spaniel named Orla last year after the death of their beloved Lupo.

The Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley has designed a luxury dog ​​kennel for an architecture or “barkitecture” competition judged by Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud. The VIP cocktail bar is operated by the Mayfair high society venue 5 Hertford Street, owned by Boris Johnson’s friend Robin Birley.

Tickets for the 28th and 29th May event are available from Goodwood’s website for £35, with free entry for children under 12. Dogs are of course also free of charge.



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