A Scottish deerhound shows its speed at the Whippet Club of B.C. trials in Lavington

A Scottish deerhound shows its speed at the Whippet Club of B.C. trials in Lavington

Racing trials open to all canines

Whippet Club of B.C. fall trials host all-dog race

Local dogs are getting a chance to take to the race track in what is typically a whippet-only event.

The Whippet Club of B.C. fall trials get underway in Lavington Sept. 27 and 28.

But this time the event is opening up to all breeds wanting to try the sport.

“Saturday, for the first time ever we’re going to give visiting dogs a chance to try,” said Verena von Eichborn, local organizer, of the 3 p.m. open races.

“We already have a couple registered.”

Those interested must pre-register before 2 p.m. Saturday with von Eichborn at the site, which is located at 5290 Reid Road. The cost is $5 per hound.

“The dogs love it and people are quite often astonished,” she said, adding that if there is interest the open races will continue at trials.

The regular runs, where you can see some of the speediest breeds take to the track, take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Both days will also include a fundraising jam and jelly sale.

There are no concessions on site but a port-a-potty is available.

To get to the track from Vernon, take Highway 6 east and turn right onto Park Lane in Lavington. Turn left onto Learmouth at the T-intersection and follow the winding hill to Reid Road. Turn left on Reid, which turns into Bluenose Road at a sharp right corner. Just after Whitevale Road turns to the left will be Langford Road, a gravel road, on the right. The field entrance is 200 metres on the right on Langford (it is the back entrance to the Reid Road property.)