A tasty bone for fastest terriers
FINE weather and a variety of rural activities attracted a huge crowd to the annual Weald of Kent Ploughing Match, at Cranbrook. To round off the day of displays in the main arena, Ashford Young Farmers Club organised popular terrier racing to entertain spectators. Visitors were invited to enter their dogs free of charge into the competitions, regardless of age or size. Using a home-made racing track built by club member Nick Cooper, comprising a bicycle and four pens, terriers raced after a straw filled sock which was dragged quickly up the track by a cyclist. Club member Chris Bowley was the commentator as general heats were followed by finals and two dogs won rosettes and a tasty bone for their efforts. Prizes were awarded to the Best Dog and Best Bitch. Following the terrier racing, fun events were held for any breed producing some interesting races from a mix of breeds ranging from collies to sausage dogs. Ashford Young Farmers, led by chairman Ed Langrish, had a stand at the Ploughing Match, advertising their club activities and hoping to recruit more members.
Ashford Young Farmers meet every Wednesday. A varied programme ranges from farm walks to business talks and discos to dinner dances. Contact club chairman Ed Langrish on 07973 977074 for details.
One of the winning terriers