easter sunday dog races

Easter Sunday means the annual St. Agnes dog race. So we took the black dog down there to participate in his very first competitive activity! But despite bribery, by way of a handful of gravy bones, he wasn’t quite on top form. Speed wasn’t a necessarily the problem, just direction.

The event takes place every year at Trevaunance Cove in St. Agnes and raises money for the local Surf Life Saving Club. And the idea is that you turn up with your dog, pay a donation to enter them into the races, parade them a little so spectators can place donation wagers. You take them to the start line in heats, they all speed off down the beach after a lifeguard dressed as an Easter bunny, a winner is announced and lots of money is raised for charity.

The reality is that you turn up with your dog, pay a donation with one hand whilst trying to stop your dog sprinting straight onto the beach with the other hand, attempt to parade them a little whilst they strain to smell doggy bottoms and cock their legs all over the pen stakes. You bribe them over to the start line, run to the other end waving your arms and gravy bones in their general direction and as soon the race starts it’s total canine chaos! There are of course some quite professional entrants who sprint in a straight line right past the bunny and direct to the finish. The rest of them create a sort of doggy scrum of wagging tails, bottom sniffing and barking.

The black dog took part in the second heat – the St. Agnes Bakery Steeple Chase, and was looking pretty confident up until the about 1 second off the start line, when he veered wildly off to the right. He did make it back onto the track, eventually, but I’m not sure he actually crossed the finish line, well not the right direction anyway.

Checking out the other black dog competitionChecking out the other black dog competition

Some fast looking competitors in the parade ring with the Easter bunny
Some fast looking competitors in the parade ring with the Easter bunny

The black dog wearing his racing number
The black dog wearing his racing number

On the start line and raring to go
On the start line and raring to go

On the start line, you can see him starting to veer off
And they’re off! you can see him starting to veer to the right

The rabbit, who is having difficulty keeping up with the GreyhoundsThe rabbit had a bit of difficulty keeping up with the Greyhounds

Is that him? Nope it's a chocolate lab headed in the right direction
Is that him? Nope it’s a chocolate lab headed in the right direction

Never mind boy, it’s the taking part that counts!

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5 Comments
  1. Bless your black dog. Maybe he should lay off the whiskey before a race next time then he might go in a straight line!!

  2. This is the second year we’ve come to st Agnes for the dog race. Such a gorgeous place, lovely community. Managed to sneak a first in race number 3 with our whippet who was possessed with her reward of hot dog. Big improvement on last year which saw her running in a ” chase me” circle encouraging the other entrants to go off track ….. Aim to be back next year thank you St Agnes

    • A ha ha – you did much better than us then! Though as a debut year we can’t be too competitive ;) Here’s to next year!

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