Ann and Stevey have been attending the working terrier and lurcher shows for many years. After always dreaming of having a working Bedlington Terrier, they finally got one named Baxter from an 8 week old puppy. Baxter attended his first race at 6 months old and performed outstandingly, winning the race and has never looked back.
What are the dogs fed on?
Their dogs have always been fed on Skinner’s, ever since they were pups. Currently they feed Field and Trial Maintenance which provides the dogs with all the nutrients and energy they need to perform to the best of their ability.
Three years ago they got another Bedlington Terrier all the way from Wales, who also loves racing!
The racing season is from April to September, but both dogs work over the winter months to ensure they are keeping fit and well.
How much exercise do they need?
They get walked three times a day and get out for a good few hours at weekends to ensure they are in tip top condition.
The distance they run is about 250 yards, but at some of the bigger events they run the same distance as the lurchers which is usually around 500 yards.
Where does terrier racing happen and who can take part?
Terrier racing usually takes place at most working shows around the country, including shows such as Lowther, Moy and Shanes Castle Game Fairs.
It is available for anyone with a terrier to take part, the dogs love it, its great fun, though very fast and furious!
2017 was a fantastic year for Ann and Stevey, they managed to win all the Ireland racing championship coming 1st and 2nd. They managed to keep the top to seats for every race they attended throughout the year! This is a huge achievement and one which has never been accomplished before!