THE ROTARY Club of Bungay, Suffolk, is to stage their eighth canine biathlon on Sunday 13th July.
The success and popularity of previous events should ensure that this year will see another challenging and enjoyable day for dog, handler and spectator.
The Biathlon also serves as a fund-raising event for charity and in 2002 a total of £3,818 was raised by the thirty-four competitors.
The base for this event will be the Outney Meadow Caravan Park, Bungay, and much of the three mile cross country course will cove parts of Bungay Common.
The course will be marked and will feature 22 tests and obstacles ranging from A-frame, hurdles, dog-walk, article searches, sendaway and swimming the river Waveney. The handler, whilst the dog is in a stay position, will be tested on .22 rifle shooting, tennis ball throwing and netball.
Scoring will be based on faults for each test. The course-time will only apply to competitors with equal number of faults.
Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, the winning individual entry, the best individual performance, a ladies trophy and a veterans trophy.
Past entries have seen strong representations form working trials, agility and gundog fraternities, as well as a team from Suffolk Constabulary. All participate to raise money for charity.
Entries can either be from individuals or from individuals or from teams. Entry fees for each competitor will be £8.00. A team should consist of two or three participants. Individuals and teams will be issued with sponsorship forms and 50% can go to the charity of the competitors choice.
This unique event has become part of the working dogs summer calendar, it combines elements of obedience, agility and working trials as well as testing the handlers!
Further details and entry forms (SAE) from Mr Chris Farrer, St Marys House, Bunday, Suffolk, NR35 1AQ. Tel: 019896 892444. Entries close 1st July.