Last weekend’s Lowther Show welcomed a grand total of 640 terriers and lurchers to Lowther Castle in Cumbria, to compete in a range of exciting field events including coursing, hurdles, straight racing and plenty of showing classes.
According to The Coursing Crew who organised the event, the quality of entries was extremely high, but there were a select few that walked away with the top prizes. Fife-based Lindsay Collins, a gamekeeper, took home three prizes for her dogs on the Saturday, including Lurcher Champion, Terrier Champion and Terrier Reserve.
Her five-year-old, red Lakeland bitch, Twist, took the top terrier prize, while Flow, a three-year-old black fell terrier bitch got the reserve. Kola, a three-year-old bitch worked hard to scoop the number one spot in the lurcher category.
Jackie Vernon from County Durham also saw success on Sunday, when her lurcher cross, Bryn, was crowned Lurcher Champion.
As well as a rosette, the winning adult lurchers in the field events also received points that go towards the Countryman Challenge Trophy 2016. Plus, entrants can work towards qualifying for the Countryman’s Weekly Champion of Champions, the final of which is held at the Midland Game Fair in September.
A hot favourite for the overall champion of champions was competing at Lowther in an attempt to add some critical points to his already high score. Dean Harrington’s lurcher, Boona, from Oxfordshire was the Hurdles Champion on Sunday, meaning he is currently sitting at the top of the leader board with 72 points.
The next terrier and lurcher events in the Countryman Fairs calendar will take place at the Midland Game Fair over 17 & 18 September.