“If you have never seen it before,
terrier racing is one of the great spectator sports.”

Peter Thomas - Racing Post

Smudge 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 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 this 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 94.9 FM.


A rude start ...

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Sunday 24th August 2014
Registration from 12.30pm

Following eleven highly successful events, Omni are once again proud to sponsor the Terrier Derby, run at the actual Derby course - click for map.


There is a £2 entry fee per terrier in The Omni Terrier Derby but it is free for spectators - with a raffle and optional donation to Epsom Racing Staff Welfare and canine charities.

Terrier racing is an hilarious spectacle for audience and participants alike with a raffle, food, and other attractions including the best turned out dog competition which was a big hit last year when judged by BBC Radio's Anna Webb.
It's a chance to win a his or hers doggie hat crafted by master milliner Jessica Rea.

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.


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 bob@terrierderby.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 the shoulder.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Omni Terrier Derby supporters Farm Fencing, Mc Gee Demolition, Floorsite, SCG Flooring, RDC Property Services, Windmill Farm Boarding Kennels & Cattery.

For more information on the Omni Terrier Derby and other terrier races email bob@terrierderby.com.

Prix 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.

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 charities.

Email bob@terrierderby.com 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.

The start

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