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Look ahead at the Burgess Premier Small Animal Show

As Harrogate gets set to give a big welcome to more than 10,000 small animal lovers between the 28th – 29th January 2012, this year’s show looks set to be the most impressive in its 90 year history. The dynamic, live two-day event is packed full of hundreds of different breeds, amazing animal displays, and fun and informative talks and demonstrations.

Fanciers are looking forward to a show-stopping event to mark the 90 year milestone. More than 3,000 gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits and rats, will compete for the title of Best in Show, watched by thousands of visitors.

New for this year:

  • For the first time in the show’s history, the line-up will include a Chinchilla Exhibition.
  • Also new for this year is the Young Stock Show, where rabbits under five months will make their début at the event. No doubt the baby bunnies will be a firm favourite with visiting pet lovers, while fanciers will get a sneak preview of the potential show champions of the future!


Burgess Premier Small Animal Show


UK’s only Rabbit Grand National:

The small animal show is also now home of the UK’s only Rabbit Grand National. Last year’s show hosted the very first such competition in the UK attracting international competitors. Following its success, the competition is back and it’s bigger and better in 2012. The Rabbit Grand National, the entertainment centrepiece of the show weekend, will see Sweden’s finest rabbit jumpers return to hop over twelve hurdles up to one metre in height during a timed display of agility unique to the show.

The challenge of designing jumps for the Rabbit Grand National has been thrown open to young designers and artists in a national competition. As well as encouraging interesting and eye-catching designs for spectators and challenging jumps for participants, the competition has showcased the event to new audiences. So look out for the winning jumps putting the high-hoppers through their paces.

Spectacular Showcase Strip:

The show has established itself as a must do calendar occasion for fanciers and families alike. Whether you’re looking to compete, trade or just attend, it’s a fantastic weekend for people who are passionate about small animals. Alongside the rabbit jumping display there will be many other exciting activities to entertain and excite the crowds visiting the showcase area at the show. The showcase strip is fast becoming the entertainment heart of the show, attracting a fantastic line-up of small animal related events and interactive sessions and talks throughout the weekend.

Naomi Chatterley, at Burgess Pet Care, added:

We are proud to be part of the ongoing success of this spectacular show and are looking forward to making history as we celebrate 90 successful years. Last year was one of the most successful shows in the Society’s history with over 10,000 visitors and a sold out trade area. As a company passionate about pets, we have pledged to help build on this success for 2012 and honour the shows 90th anniversary in style.

Be Part of the Show:

For further information on the Burgess Premier Small Animal Show visit

Trade stand packages may still be available, starting at just – contact Paul Threapleton at



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