Omni Terrier Derby winner 2003 & 2004
We are very sad to let you know that Smudge, our beloved
Jack Russell, passed away before Christmas after a
brief battle with cancer. It was his love for, and
obsession with, terrier racing that provided the inspiration
for The Terrier Derby.
The picture of the jockey "riding" him has
been an iconic and somewhat amusing symbol of the
event from the beginning.
Smudge was always fun to be around; his character,
personality and lust for life ensured that there was
never a dull moment. Typically, whenever he saw crowds
of people on Epsom Downs for other events such as
running races, he would assume it was a Terrier race
day, make a bee-line towards them and chaos would
His memory will live on with The Terrier Derby for
years to come and he will be looking down and enjoying
Since 1780 the historic Epsom Racecourse has been the home
of the world famous Derby, and since 2003 it has also has
been the scene of canine anarchy as dozens of barking mad
terriers compete in the Omni Terrier Derby.
The Terrier Derby has grown in popularity with terrier owners
and spectators over the years and has now become an unmissable
attraction at the Epsom
Racehorse Trainers' Open Day.
Anna Webb from BBC Radio London's
"Barking Blonds" programme were at last
year's Terrier Derby signing copies of their brilliant new
book entitled (by coincidence) Barking Blonds.
Do try and catch their excellent programme every Thursday
3pm-4pm on 94.9 FM.
Jo Good, Anna Webb, Molly & Matilda: THE BARKING
HOUR every Thursday 3pm-4pm, BBC Radio London
A rude start ...
We would like to thank the whole crew comprising
Dave & Yvonne Green, Alec Tabet, Terry & Dena Rechtern,
Tim & Sue Clemence, Steve & Sue Garland, Nina &
Simon Bagley, Steve & Sue Worsfold, Gary West and John
Miles not forgetting webmaster Alan Kiddle plus Oliver Leedham
and Ronnie Temple for some great photos.
12th OMNI TERRIER
Sunday 24th August 2014
Following eleven previous successful runnings, London
based print and display company, Omni
Colour, were once again proud to sponsor
the Terrier Derby run alongside the actual Derby course
for map. There was a record turn out this year with
over 70 dogs chasing a lure towed by a (not so) state
of the art contraption using a converted car starter
2014 Winner Leo with Darren
16 heats, quarter and semi finals culminated in the
grand final which was won by Leo, a Patterdale cross
Border terrier, owned by Darren and Janice Dent. Ollie,
the winner in 2010, owned by Emma Llewellyn, came in
a close second. Not surprisingly, Leo is a brother to
the 2012 winner Widget, also owned by Janice and Darren.
SPECTATORS FREE !
£2 entry fee per terrier in The Omni Terrier Derby
but free for spectators - with a raffle
and optional donation to Epsom Racing Staff Welfare and
The event was an hilarious spectacle for audience and
participants alike with everybody agreeing that it was
the best yet. The attractions included a best turned
out dog competition with Harriet and Dexter winning
his and hers doggie hats crafted by master milliner
THE MAIN EVENT
The trainers' yards will be open to visitors as usual
in the morning. The Queens Stand will not be open in
the afternoon - annual attractions such as the Shetland
Pony Derby will be staged on the Monday Bank Holiday
race card, so on Sunday afternoon the Omni Terrier Derby
is the main event.
HATS R US !!
BRING YOUR TERRIER
If you have a terrier(s) up to 15” at the shoulder
then bring them along or just come and enjoy the fun
with the Terrier Racing set.
Owners can pre-register their terrier by emailing email@example.com.
Registration from 12.30pm.
Races start at 1.30pm - with up to 16 heats then quarter
finals, semi-final and grand final.
PS: plenty of parking in adjacent car parks; refreshments
available and toilet facilities are just metres away.
Click here to download the Terrier
Derby Rules for terriers up to 15” at
We would like to extend our gratitude to Omni Terrier
Derby supporters Farm Fencing, Mc Gee Demolition, SCG
Flooring, RDC Property Services and Windmill Farm Boarding
Kennels & Cattery.
more information on the Omni Terrier Derby and other
terrier races email firstname.lastname@example.org.
De L’Arc De Tadworth
Terrier Racing at Walton May Pageant, Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey
Saturday 17th May 2014.
Once again there was terrier racing at Walton
May Pageant on Saturday 17th May at the Howard
Close Recreation Ground, Walton-on-the-Hill.
Races started at 4pm.
It was a more informal event than the Omni Epsom Terrier
Derby and a chance to get your terrier limbered up before
the big day.
As an added twist there was Terrier Tombola - (just pick
the colour of a collar) with all proceeds going to the Pageant
or call/text for more details 07979 605579.
Watch this space for more 2014 dates ...
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EPSOM TRAINERS' OPEN DAY
The Omni Terrier Derby is one of
the main attractions at the Epsom
Racehorse Trainers' Open Day held in support of the Epsom
Racing Staff Welfare and other racing charities.
2014 Omni Terrier Derby