Terrier Racing, with videos!

Charem

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I had intended to compete at a hunter trial today with my horse, and had we not had this glorious weather this past week I would have been writing a report in competition riders instead. However, with the ground baked solid and my horse's tendons too fragile to risk I decided load up the scruffy terrier and venture off to my very first dog show, Paws in the Park, held at the South of England Showground.

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, having been warned a few years ago by a friend who breeds and competes GSDs that dog people are even worse than horse people but I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by many friendly faces and waggy tails. Remy, my parsons terrier and I had a go at most things including agility, hurdles, an overhead lure coursing type thing and what was certainly the highlight of the day, terrier racing.

I've been desperate to give Remy a go at this for some time and am pleased to report we are both now most definitely hooked! Although he wasn't keen being loaded in to the stalls at first once the gate went up he went off like a bullet and won all three of his races over hurdles. On the flat he took a 2nd and two 3rds, not a bad result at all although clearly he is more Big Bucks than Frankel! I'm usually quite a quiet, shy person but even I found myself hollering away with the best of them in the most ridiculous high pitched voice cheering him on from the finish line. It's so awful in fact that I have removed the sound from the videos!

So here are two of his races over hurdles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-psEO2JVreI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_XhnxdxUtA

Finally, if anybody is in the know about terrier racing I would be grateful if you could answer some questions for me. As far as I can tell there doesn't seem to be a governing body as such and there seems to be very little info on how to get in to terrier racing competitively. I've often seen it taking place at country fairs and the like and would like more info on how to enter and if there are any clubs in the south east that we could train with? Remy could do with working on his stall exit if he is going to take on the pros! Any ideas?

Thanks :)
 

Clodagh

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LOL! Glad you had a good time. I only see it at Hunt terrier shows and some game fairs, you will have to trawl the country competing. Terriers always seem to love it, so exciting for them!
 
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