Meet The Team

Pat Eves

Pat Eves is one of our judges. It was her idea to host a Dog Show six years ago and approached the Findon Valley Residents’ Association for support and they did! She will be assisted by our Dog Warden Russ Akehurst on the day.

She has run many dog and horse shows throughout her life. She was Student of the Year at Brinsbury College where she excelled in her course on Canine care and Management.

She looks after dogs whilst their owners are away. Her help is invaluable. There isn’t much she doesn’t know about dogs. She knows a winner when she sees one!

Russell Akehurst (Dog Warden)

Russ is a retired Police Officer who now works for Adur & Worthing Council in the post of Dog Warden. This role includes collecting stray dogs and caring for them until they are reunited with their owners or if not claimed, rehoming them. Russ, a vegetarian, has two rescue dogs of his own and often fosters the stray dogs so he can assess them and so they don’t have to spend time in kennels. In his spare time Russ fundraises for a number of animal charities including Sussex Pet Rescue, Doris Banham Dog Rescue & Animal Care Egypt.

Sue Knowles (Summerhill Canine Hydrotherapy)

Sue runs a Canine Hydrotherapy Pool in High Salvington. Sue qualified as a small animal hydrotherapist in September 2014, having studied at Greyfriars in Guildford and she holds the ABC Level 3 certificate in Hydrotherapy for small animals and first aid for animals. Sue is a registered member of NARCH and her qualifications and Centre’s details can be seen at For further information please visit the website: or Facebook page: Summerhill Canine Hydrotherapy.

Nina Furse

Nina is a qualified canine behaviour counsellor, and a member of The International Society of Animal Professionals. She has Thirteen years experience as a dog trainer, and has been competing in for over twelve years.

She has five dogs of her own, four of them have been rescued. Because of her kind training methods, she has been able to offer them happy and fulfilled lives. The new addition to the family is Bethany, a beautiful Border Collie puppy.

Please visit Nina’s website, or Facebook Page to learn more. On the day of the show, Nina will be running ‘fastest recall through temptation alley’! Please bring your dog and have a go!

Lynn & Katie Raynsford

Lynn and Katie Raynsford are mother and daughter-in-law. You will find them in the registration tent on the day of the show.

They are responsible for a multitude of tasks from hosting meetings to putting up tents. They are probably better known for being seen out and about with their unruly spotty dogs.