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Terrier and lurchers top Southern Counties

Summer sunshine brought terrier and lurcher exhibitors from across the UK to the Southern Counties Game Fair on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May.

The superb setting and excellent atmosphere ensured an excellent day out for all, with 87 lurchers and 73 terriers competing over the two show days.

Keith McDonald and Mark Aldhouse selected Nick Devereaux’s Murphy, a 3-year-old Collie/Greyhound/Whippet/Deerhound for the Champion Lurcher top spot on the Sunday. Monty, a 10-month-old Deerhound/Greyhound owned by Valerie Herbert, was chosen as Champion Lurcher Puppy.

On Monday, Mark Bunting was charged with sorting out the terriers, giving the Champion award to Frost, a 3-year-old rough-coated Russell bitch owned by Mrs Arnold. Mrs Arnold had a particularly good, also taking the Champion Terrier Puppy title with Boss, a 9-month-old Lakeland.

The field events on both days were well supported, with Lola, a Bedlington/Greyhound/Whippet, winning the simulated coursing. The lurcher long jump was also back by popular demand. Brian Holt’s Bella jumped 17’ to take the under 23" title, whilst John Partridge’s Flint cleared a massive 18’ to win the over 23" event.

The Countryman’s Weekly Terrier and Lurcher Champion of Champion’s Final will be held at the Midland Game Fair, which takes place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2005 at Weston Park, Shropshire. For full details of the show, telephone 0845 230 5175, or visit www.countrymanfairs.co.uk.