NOVELIST Elly Griffiths will be judging a festive online horse and pet show held by Redwings Horse Sanctuary.
Elly, author of the popular Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries, will be judging the ‘Happy Tails’ competition from the Oxhill charity.
The long-time Redwings supporter will be casting her eye over short stories about ways in which people’s pets have put a smile on their faces during this difficult year.
The Redwings Christmas Show Online also offers a number of festive-themed photo competitions, including for the handsomest gelding and prettiest mare.
All pets are welcomed, with competitions including from the most dashing dog and best seasonal photo, to best pet selfie and cuddliest pet photo.
This follows the success of Redwings’ first ever online show in May which attracted more than 600 entries and raised over £2,200 for the charity after it was forced to cancel its annual fund-raising horse show due lockdown.
Show organiser Jude Palmer said: “We were blown away by the support shown to our first online show in the spring. Since then, we’ve had many people ask us to repeat it and, as we now unfortunately find ourselves in the middle of a second lockdown, it seemed like the perfect time to launch a new festive version of the show which we hope will put a big smile on everyone’s faces in the run-up to Christmas.
“We’re incredibly grateful to Elly Griffiths, as well as our other judges from Equilibrium Products, Pooch’s Dog Treats and Joules, for donating their time to help us pick our winners! As a charity 100 per cent funded by donations, this year has been incredibly challenging for us, so every penny raised through the show will go a long way to supporting our rescued horses and donkeys this Christmas and give us a wonderful boost as we head into the new year.”
Entries open on Monday November 23 cost £3 each and should be submitted by December 13.
Visit www.redwings.org.uk for more details.