Andover & District Whippet Racing Club
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Andover & District Whippet racing Club is a long established Pedigree Whippet racing club. We have been successfully racing for over 40 years and continue to maintain a large membership. In that time we have held meetings at various venues around the Andover area including Middle Wallop air field, Abbotts Ann community field, Leckford and Ludgershall football ground, both 240 yard bend and straight racing
We gained use of the field behind The Weyhill Fair public house in 2004 by kind permission of the field owners Jan and Dave Rayner (who then also owned the pub).
Since then, we have held some fantastic meetings; both Club days, our Opens and proudly, National Championships. We also hold an Open for Charity, usually on the Easter bank Holiday weekend and most recently made a huge amount of £1000 for "Scruples Whippet Rescue".
As Jan and Dave's field has become so popular with caravans and campers due to the immediate facilities (pub, petrol station with shop directly opposite along with a quality butchers next to it and an Indian restaurant within a two minute walk, five minute drive from A303 and a regular bus service which stops outside the pub taking passengers directly to the near towns of Andover and Salisbury), we have found ourselves less able to book dates for racing.
In early 2010, we managed to secure a lovely flat field for our sole use alongside our present racing ground from a local Farmer and, with his help, set to work on it in Autumn of that year. He kindly ploughed, seeded and fertilised the field for our club and in spring 2011 ring rolled it, leaving a flat, even, and now thickly grassed land for us, the majority of the field is cared for by our groundsman Ray.
A working party gathered mid July to cut our race track out, (which gives us several race distances up to 200 yards) and picked up any small stones from the track area. We then erected a rabbit wire around the perimeter. The ground was "fine tuned" through the remainder of 2011 and was ready for the begining of our 2012 schedule.
A successful first year on the new track saw us host not only three Open meetings but two National Championship as well as many club meetings. Members and guests alike positively commented on our new facilities and the ability to hold more regular meetings was used to the full.
At our 2013 AGM it was felt that the new track needed work ahead of the upcoming open racing season to ensure that it would be in perfect shape for the busy schedule that followed. It was decided that it should be left so that it could be reseeded and prepared fully ready for the first open in April, to this effect and to ensure club members could start racing and training their dogs without further breaks it was decided to prepare a second strip of land alongside the existing track to act as a second race track. Over two weekends in late January the new ground was cleared of stones and prepared for racing and has now successfully been in use for a season.
To further improve the facilities at the track we have introduced a sand pit finish to our shorter 150 yard training track - this was dug in late January with a two day work party taking place to move the sand into place in the pit over the weekend of the 7th/8th February. Our first meeting using the new sand finish took place on the 16th February this year.
Our aim continues to be to hold more regular meeting for our members and visitors enabling dogs to perform in tip top racing condition for forthcoming Opens and of course, (the cream of the racing calender), the four Championships held each year by the "National Pedigree Whippet Racing Association".
We welcome all newcomers, please call for further info: Secretary Rob Sweet 01256 470835/07535 604480, Chairman Dougy Hood 01264 771163, Committee Member Darcia Gingell 07846 75700 or contact us through this site.
2014 FEES: Membership: £6 per person per year. Race fees: £2.50 per dog. Trials: £1.50 per trial. Cap of £12 per meeting.
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