“The A Team” attends many events, large and small around Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex! Venues include village greens, school and community playing fields; Henham Park; Suffolk, Mid-Suffolk, Norfolk and East of England Showgrounds; Elveden and Sandringham Estates - even on the sand at Hemsby Beach!
Events include Car and Steam Rallies, Fun Days, Carnivals and Fetes, Dog Shows etc. The team has attended a number of events year on year, including The Grand Henham Rally every year since 2009! The team has been doing displays at All About Dogs & Robin Hood Game and Country Shows for Aztec Events since 2011, 2015 we were at East Suffolk Country Fair at Glemham Hall for Oakleigh Fairs, our first event for that organiser. In 2016 we attended Framlingham & Elveden Country Shows and the prestigious Sandringham Country Show. In 2018 we will be displaying at Suffolk Dog Day.
In order to carry out a safe and effective display we require a minimum amount of space, but prefer to have more if possible. Access is required for our equipment trailer & towing vehicle to a point within, or immediately adjacent to, the arena. Our preference is for the trailer and towing vehicle to remain within, and across one end of, the arena for the duration of the display. Our displays are best viewed from both sides and across the end opposite to our trailer. Some of the equipment is rather heavy and we prefer to minimise the distance it is carried. Parking spaces will also be needed for team members’ cars, a position in the shade would be appreciated if at all possible.
The minimum arena dimensions are 45 m X 25 m (150 ft X 80 ft)
The trailer and towing vehicle are 8.3 metres long, 1.7 m wide & 2.36 m high.
If there is a height barrier at the venue, the trailer needs sufficient clearance.
The arena should have a reasonably smooth grass surface and have barriers around or be roped-off to keep the audience clear of the dogs and handlers, who will be moving rather quickly at certain times during the routine. We do not want any accidents to dogs, handlers or members of the public!
We provide a lively and entertaining commentary with our displays and can supply our own portable PA system if required. If your event has PA covering the venue it would be preferable for us to use that. If there is a radio microphone (or a fixed mike at a suitable vantage point – our commentator needs to see the whole arena) so much the better. We also request that, as much as is possible, any other noises, such as loud music or sudden sharp noises, be constrained for the duration of the display(s).
Insurance & Safety
Our team has public liability insurance, a copy of which along with our Risk Assessment will be available for event organisers. Copies of these documents will always accompany the equipment trailer. The team will have with them at events both First Aid and Hygiene Kits as well as Fire Extinguishers (Water type) and additional water in containers for the prevention of fire spreading to grass from fire jumps. All of the team handlers carry “poo bags” to clean up should there be any “accidents”.
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