Firstly, we would like to thank everyone that entered our last 'Virtual Fun Animal Show' of the year. By taking part you have helped us to raise an incredible £500 for the animals at Raystede. Times are extremely difficult at the moment and we really are grateful for every single entry. By entering the competition and donating, you are helping us to raise funds so that we can look after the animals that desperately need us to take care of them.
We would also like to say a massive thank you to our judges who had the impossible task of narrowing down the entries to select one winner and three runner-ups for each category. We fell in love with all of your pets and the photos really did bring us a lot of joy.
I'm sure you're all eager to find out who the winners are and to see the winning photos, so here they are:
BEST IN SHOW
Our '2020 Raystede Pet Of The Year' category was judged by two amazing supporters of ours- the famous author Lee Child and his wife Jane Grant. Lee is the bestselling author of the phenomenally successful 'Jack Reacher' series. Both he and his wife Jane are tremendous supporters of Raystede, most recently helping to fund our new poultry enclosure, Reacher's Pen, amongst other projects.
Lee and Jane really enjoyed looking through all the entries and found it hard to pick between all the pets. They said, "What a lovely collection of super pets - and what a hard job it was to choose. They could all be winners!"
However, they managed the impossible task of narrowing it down and here are their winners for the '2020 Raystede Pet Of The Year' category:
2020 RAYSTEDE PET OF THE YEAR WINNER
Lilly Carroll (Lee and Jane said, "A wonderful, bright-eyed little friend, who we're sure brings endless love and fun.")
2020 RAYSTEDE PET OF THE YEAR RUNNER UPS
Ed Manley and Pandora (The judges said, "A fantastic choice of pet - healthy, happy and beautiful."
Samantha Marchant and Betty (Lee and Jane said, "Obviously a fun-loving ball of mischief - with the best ears ever!)
Sue Tyhurst and Annie, (The judges said, "The perfect little scruff, with so much love, devotion, and connection in her eyes.")
BEST IN CLASS- DOGS
This class was judged by Marc Abraham, or ‘Marc the Vet’ as he is more commonly known. Marc is a practicing Veterinary Surgeon, Broadcaster, Author, and Animal Welfare Campaigner. Marc is also a regular guest on factual shows including BBC Breakfast, ITV’s This Morning, Good Morning Britain, and Sky News.
Marc found it extremely tough to narrow down the winners, but here are his choices:
'BEST IN CLASS- DOGS'- WINNER
Caroline Hart and Bilbo (Marc said, "Combines 2 of my favourite things - happy rescue greyhound and Sussex countryside - I like the perspective of the bridge too."
'BEST IN CLASS- DOGS'- RUNNER UPS
Beth Brown and Kota (Marc said, "Very smiley dog, and one of my favourite views in Sussex - Brighton Pier."
Melanie Lewis Clements and Stanley (Marc said, "Clearly enjoying himself and like me, a big fan of the sea."
Nikki Davidson-Bowman and Flo (Marc said, "Another action shot of a happy dog in the Sussex countryside.")
BEST IN CLASS- CATS
For this category we had the lovely Sophie from Hove Waitrose do the judging. Hove Waitrose have been fantastic supporters and are currently collecting donations for our rescue animals in store, which will brighten up their Christmas.
Sophie said, "It was a hard decision picking the winners... they are all so beautiful and every single one deserves lots of treats and cuddles."
'BEST IN CLASS- CATS'-WINNER
Wendy Spooner and Angus (Sophie said, "I chose Angus as the winner because the location of the photo was stunning, it reminds me of the Summertime when it was warmer and also Angus reminds me of my old ginger tom Charlie who has now sadly passed on.)
'BEST IN CLASS- CATS'- RUNNER UPS
Melanie Lewis Clements and Barney (Sophie said, "I chose Barney because he looks so adorable in his Santa hat, he looks like a warm gentle soul who is making the most of the festivities!"
Steph Gibberd and Stan (Sophie said, "Stan has the most gorgeous colourings... I love his fluffy ears! He could be a model with that pose... someone call Vogue!"
Kristeena Smith and Stiles (Sophie said, "Stiles has a very cheeky look on his face amongst the presents (hopefully no peeking) and he's got the cutest big eyes!")
To judge this class we had animal loving actor and 2016 Big Brother Winner Jason Burrill. Jason is a fantastic supporter and recently took part in one of our first ever Night Kayak Challenges where he kayaked along the River Ouse for 6 km completely in the dark!
Jason said it was a very hard decision to choose the winners because he wanted to pick every owner and every animal. He wanted to thank everyone for their continued support to Raystede and animals in general and also remarked how great it was to see all the contestants happy with their new owners, in their new homes.
BEST RESCUE- WINNER
Donna French and Fraggle (Jason said, "It was a very close decision of who to pick as the winner, but I have a preference for small dogs as my Clio is a Shitzu. I picked the little terrier as he just looks so happy with life."
Emma Strickland and Florence (Jason picked this photo as he said, "We all know how hard the upkeep of horses are and sadly what happens to so many of them when they are unwanted. So Emma and Florence deserve to be a runner up after Emma has taken on such a demanding task.)
Lisa Camps and Gordon (Jason said, "These dogs are native to Spain and can be seen abandoned on the streets. It's great to see one here in the UK."
Elisabeth Naylor and Bessie (Jason picked Bessie as he said, "It's just so lovely to see a rescue cat that looks so content and happy in their forever home."
BEST IN CLASS- HORSES, PONIES AND DONKEYS
Judging the 'Best in Class- Horses' category is the incredible Team Tatt. Olympic Medal winning event rider Gemma Tattersall, her father Chris who sits on the board of directors for British Eventing and her mother Marcelle who is the organisational powerhouse behind the whole operation form Team Tatt.
Team Tatt said it was a difficult decision. However, here are their winners:
'BEST IN CLASS- HORSES, PONIES AND DONKEYS'- WINNER
Emma Strickland, Louise and Skye (Team Tatt said, "It looks as though they have put in a lot of work with that pony!’)
'BEST IN CLASS- HORSES, PONIES AND DONKEYS'- RUNNER UPS
Samantha Dyke, Isobel and Blaze (Team Tatt picked this one and said, "This is a lovely picture, which would be even better if she was wearing a hat. ;-)"
Samantha Dyke and Blaze (The judges said, "He is obviously very inquisitive’)
BEST IN CLASS- SMALL ANIMALS
For this category we had the wonderful Tickerage Wine judge the entries. Tickerage Wine have been marvellous supporters and for every bottle of wine they sold they have donated £1 to Raystede. Raystede supporters can also receive a 10% discount off any bottle.
Tickerage Wine said it was very hard to pick as all entries were fabulous, but here are their choices:
'BEST IN CLASS-SMALL ANIMALS'- WINNER
Megan Horney and Fudge (Tickerage Wine said, "Well groomed, with bright eyes and distinguished white fleck bringing out Autumnal colours.")
'BEST IN CLASS- SMALL ANIMALS'- RUNNER UPS
Lilly Carroll (Tickerage Wine said, "Looks very contented - Well groomed, shiny coat.)
Lisa Camps and Lady (Tickerage Wine said, "Literally adorable- it’s rugged features make it stand out from the crowd."
Lilly Carroll (Tickerage Wine said, "A fine specimen, glossy coat - definitely well cared for. Looks a good mover - the John Travolta of its category."
BEST IN CLASS- CHICKENS AND POULTRY
For this category we had the wonderful House Nameplate company. They have been absolutely fantastic supporters to Raystede during 2020 and very recently helped us to raise over £4,000 for a new corn shed, from matching any donations raised in November.
Unlike the other judges, they had a particularly easy job judging as there was only one entry for this class.
Here is their winner:
'BEST IN CLASS CHICKENS AND POULTRY'- WINNER
Ed Manley and Pandora (The House Nameplate Company said that Pandora is a gorgeous bird and a worthy winner.)
Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up. We will be posting out the rosettes and goody bags early in the New Year. Thanks again to everyone that entered and took part and helped us raise vital funds for the Raystede rescue animals.
If you would like to contact us at all, please message firstname.lastname@example.org. To see more of our upcoming events and ways you can support us, follow this link.
From the animals and team at Raystede we hope you take care of yourselves and stay safe and hopefully we will see you back at our centre when we reopen to the public. Thank You for all your support!