Anticipation builds before the Jack Russell terrier race
begins. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
What must surely be one of the fastest terrier dog races
in the history of the sport was held in Mosgiel on Saturday.
The 154th Otago Taieri A&P Show feature event was over in
just four seconds, after a particularly enthusiastic field
caught up with and swarmed all over the rabbit lure within a
few metres of the start.
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Pandemonium ensued for several minutes, while various
attempts were made to retrieve the lure from the pack.
The race was restarted and was won by a 3-year-old Parson
Russell terrier called Frank.
That would be the same Frank who caused the first race to be
abandoned, when he caught the lure too quickly.
''I was pretty confident he was going to win,'' owner Regan
Hall, of Dunedin, said.
''He loves rabbits. He chases them whenever he gets the
chance and he can run really fast.''
Several thousand people enjoyed the broad range of
demonstrations, installations and exhibitions in sweltering
conditions at the Taieri Showgrounds.
Events included the Caledonian Society Highland Games,
featuring caber tossing, tossing the gumboot, dancing and
marching competitions, egg-and-spoon races and pipe bands.
There were also demonstrations by whip artists, horse riders,
the Otago Axemen's Club and Taieri Canine Training Club.
Exhibitions of paintings, photography, embroidery and even
Lego sculptures were also displayed for show.