|WYSIWYG Welsh Terriers
Memorial Day Bash 2002
WYSIWYG Fun at the Bash
The Missouri Earthdogs Memorial Day BASH took place on May 25-26, 2002.
Eleven WYSIWYG Welsh terriers participated with the many JRTs - Jack Russell
terriers and a few other terriers (including Border and Patterdale terriers).
There were opportunities for racing, go-to-ground, conformation and the ever
popular Challenge Lure Course set up by Doggie Fun Zone. In most events, we
competed with the other non-JRT terriers in a class of "colored terriers and
In novice go-to-ground, six-month-old Luke, Lark, Toby and Magic and 14-month-
old Hogyn and Bryn tried the 10' tunnel (with one turn). No one qualified, but they
got their first experience as earthdogs - just wait until next year!
Gwin, Moose, Lleu and Sky
participated in the championship
go-to-ground (colored terrier
class) on Saturday. Skyâ€™s
time of 10:26 seconds to the rats
through the 30' tunnel (with three
turns) earned the Reserve
Champion (2nd place) ribbon
and prizes (the champion was
Archie, a border terrier, with a
time of 10 seconds to the rats).
The times were that close!
Moose earned the fifth place
ribbon and Gwin earned the sixth
place ribbon. Lleu did not qualify
as she arrived at the rats past
the one minute time allowed.
Super-go-to-ground was on Sunday. This
go-to-ground adds extra challenges - false
entrances, tricky u-turns, dead ends and/or
sand traps, etc. Gwin, Moose and Sky
participated in the colored terrier class. Sky
was the only non-JRT to qualify! After quickly
finding the correct tunnel, she must have
gotten turned around because a few seconds
later she was back out of the tunnel. After a
little direction from Linda, she entered the
tunnel again and arrived at the rats well within
the three minutes allowed (1 minute, 18:30
seconds). This earned her the Champion (1st
place) ribbon and prizes. Moose who arrived
at the rats slightly over the three minutes
allowed was awarded the Reserve Champion
(2nd place) ribbon and prizes. Gwin entered
one of the false entrances and never arrived
at the rats.
In conformation Lark did the best
with a third place ribbon in the
puppy class of colored terriers
and dachshunds. Luke, Hogyn,
and three year old Lleu also
The races were on Sunday. For colored
terriers there was one flat race and one
race over the hurdles. The straight course
covers approximately 150'. Four Wysiwyg
adults competed in both events. In the flat
race, a border terrier outran all of us and
finished first. He was followed (in order) by
Moose, Hogyn, Lleu and Gwin. In the
hurdles race, Lleu finished first, followed
by Hogyn, Moose and Gwin. Appropriate
ribbons were awarded to all.
The Doggie Fun Zone's Challenge Lure Course was once again a
favorite of all the Welsh terriers. The terriers follow a lure through a
course of jumps, tunnels, ramps and an A-frame. Ten Welsh terriers ran
the course on Saturday: Gwin, Moose, Taly, Lleu, Sky, Bryn, Hogyn,
Lark, Luke and Toby. Unfortunately, Magic had to leave before it was
his turn. On Sunday, several ran the course again and speedy Luke's
time of 21:52 seconds was the second fastest time of all competing
Needless to say, all of the terriers slept very well those nights - probably
dreaming of next year!
|Into the tunnel... Find the rats! Gwin (above), Lleu (below).
|The "Super-Earth" and Gwin entering the (incorrect) tunnel.
|Sky checking out her ribbon and awards (a
backpack, water bowl, and "shovel" hat pin).
|The judge, Stewart Frost, checks the
conformation of Lark (left) and Luke (right).
|Waiting ringside. Luke and Lark (above
and right). Hogyn (left and below).
|Muzzles on (Hogyn), colored collars on... ready to enter the starting
box. (Lleu-green, Moose-blue, Hogyn-orange, Gwin-yellow)
|Archie (pink), the border terrier in the lead
all the way, followed by Moose, Gwin,
Hogyn and Lleu.
|Gwin finished last because
she preferred to take her
|Gwin and Moose neck
and neck, followed by
Lleu, then Hogyn.
|Lleu and Hogyn gain ground as Gwin (and
Moose) begin to fuss with their muzzles.
|Oh, oh, Moose trying to take his
|Sky at the starting line, Moose on the course:
jump, A-frame, chute and after the finish.
|A BIG Thank you to L. Stair who provided
the photographs included on this page.