A tasty bone for fastest ter­ri­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

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

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