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ACING R R E I R LAR TER U S TO P A O P K R O E O V L S THE E . WE TAKE A A R I A DS… F E W W H O O T R H F C S E FUN O 15 MORETON RITE WITH THE H T L L A IT’S FAVOU THE 20 L O A I T N S RETURN A PEREN H C U S ’S WHY IT Five yapping, wriggling terriers are placed in the starting box at one end of a field. Two are not sure why they’re there, one wants to back out completely and the two others are champing at the bit. In the distance there’s a man controlling a mop head on a pulley rope (the ‘hare’) and he’s trying to get the dogs flared up by teasing them with the hare whilst they’re still in the box. The crowds start to yell for their favourite terrier, the tannoy announces the countdown… 3…2…1… the box flies open and they’re off. The chaos that then ensues is what keeps people coming back to watch the terrier racing year after year, and it’s why it’s been a permanent fixture on Moreton Show’s schedule of events since 1971. When that starting box gate is lifted, gales of laughter ripple through the crowd and the sheer joy is apparent in every watching face. For every focused dog chasing the hare into the straw bales at the far end of the field, there are three more that are running round the edges, barking at each other, playing with fellow terriers and generally enjoying the sense of freedom of being off the lead. Commentator Peter Godwin is as much a part of the event as the collection of terriers, large and small, who try their luck in the racing each year. Peter’s the one who gives the crowd a little background on the dogs (and the owners) entering, adding those anecdotes that will raise a smile. When the terriers’ excitement can’t be contained any longer, Peter ensures everyone watching feels it too. If you have a budding terrier-racing champion, then why not give them a chance to unleash their harechasing instinct (and you and they will have a lot of fun too!). The terrier racing, like last year, will take place in Moreton Show’s Attractions Ring. Heats take place throughout the day with the grand final being held as the last event on the schedule. 68

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THE CHAMP For the last two years, Bob, the cheeky whitehaired Parsons terrier with the black eye patch has romped home with the winner’s trophy. His distinctive markings and friendly nature, not to mention his absolute determination to not let go of the mop head when he’s caught it, have made him a natural crowd-pleaser. Cries of ‘Go Bob’ ring out when he’s seen taking part and his owners are frequently asked if he’ll be racing again this year. But can he make it three wins in a row? You’ll need to be ring-side to find out…

THE YOUNG PRETENDER With youth on his side, Stanley, a handsome Border / Jack Russell terrier cross is a strong contender for the title when he races for the first time at the Moreton Show in 2015. Still a puppy when Bob won his second title, this year Stanley hits maturity with a bang and has been known to outpace his main rival in the speed stakes. But will youth win out over wisdom? Can Stanley channel his focus and get to the hare before Bob?

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