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Lure coursing and long jump

Are you ready to run (again)! We’ve had two great ‘Fun Days’ now at Wash Common, near Newbury (BSFA field). It is a great chance to trial your dogs, especially if they have never tried lure coursing. We also set up a long jump, which is great fun for the dogs and spectators! The emphasis will be on ‘Fun’, meeting other deerhound owners, and teaching your dog to chase the lure.

Please arrive at 10 am to book your dogs in, so that racing can start at 11. There will be a charge of £1 per run, which will go towards BSFA funds. Rosettes will be awarded, and thanks to Jean and David Gilhooly a trophy will be awarded for the winning dog to keep for the year.

Deerhound Fun Day 2009
Deerhound Fun Day 2009 - Picture courtesy of Tracy Manning, Blue Hound Art

We will be holding a raffle, with money going to Greyhound Rescue (if you have anything to donate, please let me know, or bring it along!)

If you’re not on the show circuit it would be great to meet you and your dogs! Even if your dogs are too old to race, join us for a social day out. Bring and share a picnic with other Deerhound owners (and their dogs!). Some refreshments will be available.

Depending on time, your other sight-hounds should also be able to have a run. Stay over for Sunday 16th as that will be the regular BSFA meeting, which you are also welcome to join, but prior registration of your dogs would be required.

If you would like to make a weekend of it, there is camping/caravanning available at Oakley Farm Caravan Park also, in the past people have stayed at the ‘Hare and Hounds’ at Speen, where you are sure to enjoy their hospitality!

I hope to see you there. There’s no need to book for the Saturday, but please email or call if you know you are coming to help give us an idea of numbers!


Vanessa Lucas, 01273 517314, 07941602913

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Falkland Farm, Washwater Common, Nr. Newbury


From the NORTH. From the M40 turn off at JUNCTION 9 to OXFORD, follow signs A34 to Newbury. At A34/M4 round-a-bout follow the A34 signs to bye-pass Newbury. Turn left signed A343 to Washwater Common/Andover. Follow A343 to Newbury, approx. 200 yards turn RIGHT just after CURRIDGE CAR SALES, follow BSFA signs to the field.

From the WEST or EAST turn off M4 at JUNCTION 13 follow A34 to Newbury, then as above directions.

From the SOUTH either from A34 to Newbury bye-pass, Turn LEFT signed Washwater Common/Andover A343 to Newbury for about 250yds turn right immediately after CURRIDGE CAR SALES and follow signs to field.

Further Information

Forum thread from last years fun day - lots of pictures.

BSFA web-site

The Hare and Hounds at Speen, 01635 521152,

Oakley Farm Caravan Park
Oakley Farm House
Wash Water
RG20 0LP
01635 36581