2000 - 2013
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 ensue.
His memory will live on with The Terrier Derby
for years to come and he will be looking down
and enjoying the fun.
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
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)
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 94.9 FM.
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.
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.
OMNI TERRIER DERBY
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 - click
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 motor.
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 !
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 canine charities.
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 Jessica Rae.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration from 12.30pm.
Races start at 1.30pm - with up to 16 heats then
quarter finals, semi-final and grand final. Plenty
of parking in adjacent car parks; refreshments
available and toilet facilities are just metres
Click here to download the
Terrier Derby Rules for terriers up to
15” at the shoulder.
For more information
on the Omni Terrier Derby and other terrier races
De L’Arc De Tadworth
Terrier Racing at Walton May Pageant, Walton-on-the-Hill,
Surrey KT20 7QF.
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.
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 charities.
or call/text for more details 07979 605579.
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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