Met some lovely new faces who all fitted in perfectly. The dogs, the people, the track, everything all very positive, just a lovely atmosphere.
John was there early setting up, followed by Lyndon making the journey from Worcester and picking up Greg along the way in Stoke, soon after there were cars coming in thick and fast and everyone kept the girls busy having drinks and something to eat whilst we all had a natter before the start of racing.
A total of 19 dogs which we were thrilled with. A number of newcomers all very keen and taking to the lure brilliantly.
We started with the handslip first, all patiently waiting their turn and taking everything in.
First up was Fred, although only a youngster, this little lad started his training with us at Howe Bridge and has just been an absolute natural, a good choice for the newcomers to watch as he's so keen and absolutely fearless, he showed them all how it's done. Fred was followed by Zuma, Bella, Ruby, Archie, Lucy, Jack, Jake & Pepe and all one after another chased well, first time of asking. Next we moved onto the full distance trials, Jess who everyone loves was ready to try the traps, she was walked through a couple of times and as with everything she does, when it came to being slipped through, sailed through and flew up the track, same with Alfie with his first try from the traps, took it all in his stride. Our little mascot Jersey also had a run from the traps clocking a 9.97. Lyndon paraded his little superstar Darlo Boom Boom with her presentation jacket on, she too had a trial and for such a little bitch, made it look effortless. 6 dogs for racing so an easy 2 x 3 doggers. 1st race was won by Mo Hawk 20, 2nd the very impressive puppy in his debut race Darlo Tornado 17 who got behind the lure at the traps and never budged away from the middle of the track, 3rd a very fast finishing On The Button 27 who was really eating up the yardage towards the line. 2nd race a level break for the 3 x 21lb bitches, Greg 's Scooters Paradise (2nd) taking the early lead whilst the other two touched at the boxes, to the line though Marshbrook Meave in her usual style was running on strong and pulled away, Madam Moet (3rd).
Another brew and Linda 's stew went down a treat whilst we did the raffle and had a short break before starting back.
More handslip and trials for everyone, followed by the A Final. A 1 - 2 for us with Marshbrook Meave 1st and Mo Hawk 2nd. B Final was won by Madam Moet in a very good clock this time from Gregs Scooters Paradise (Lyndon more than pleased with his Darlo Tornado for one day w/d and had solo instead).
Our big lad Black Admiral looked very pleased with himself, the last run of the day, as it took two of us the release the lure from his clasp.
Finally as predicted, just as we were done, we were treated to the spectacular sight of the Vulcan Bomber flying overhead.
Once again, thanks everyone for coming, thanks to the trusty team members and to everyone who brought raffle prizes.
Same time, same place next week folks
Photo courtesy of Wild Whippies Photography