“If you have never seen it before, terrier racing is one of the great spectator sports.”   Peter Thomas - Racing Post

Since 1780 the historic Epsom Racecourse has been the home of the world famous Derby and since 2003 it has also has been the scene of canine anarchy as dozens of barking mad terriers compete in the Omni Terrier Derby.

The Omni Terrier Derby has grown in popularity with dog owners and spectators over the past 15 years. An unmissable slice of nonsense that also raises an ever increasing amount for charities and keeps all number of canine hooligans off the street.

Along with their roving international reporter, Anna Webb from BBC Radio London's "Barking Blonds" programme has attended several Omni Terrier Derbies.

Catch their excellent programme - Jo Good & Anna Webb, THE BARKING HOUR, every Thursday 3-4pm BBC Radio London 94.9 FM & DAB.

We update this site on a regular basis with details of other attractions, news and new sponsors, so keep your eyes on terrierderby.com

A rude start ...

The Omni Terrier Derby would like to express their sincere thanks to the following sponsors and supporters: Paul Mercieca, Farm Fencing and Jonathan Risley at Windmill Farm Kennels & Cattery.

Special thanks to all the volunteers including Crew & Helpers Terry Rechtern, Tim Cleminson, Sue Anderson, Lorraine Smith, Alec Tabet, Dave Green, Derek Morrell, Tony Drewitt, Emma & Kevin Llewellyn, Damian Gasparro, Rebecca Cooper, Barrie Bass, Lana Gazder, John Miles, Gary West, webmaster Alan Kiddle, and all the dogs and their owners for making it such a fun day -
plus apologies to anyone I have forgotten.

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Every penny goes to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
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The 15th Omni Terrier Derby was the most competitive yet, with a clash in the final that would have surely upstaged the Mayweather v McGregor fight.

The Derby was won by Bullet, a Rat Terrier owned by Emma and Kevin Llewellyn, with last year's winner Lyra, a Parson Jack Russell owned by Michelle Blackwell, a gallant second. Lyra has only recently had a litter of puppies so it was a remarkable effort.

In third place was Aitch, another Rat Terrier owned by Emma & Kevin, so it was a triumphant day for Team Kent Terrier racing.

The Rat Pack struck again in the best turned out dog competition, judged by Lana Gazder and John Miles.

Eva, a daughter of Bullet, also owned by Emma & Kevin, won the best bitch. The best dog prize was won by Rocky, a Parson Jack Russell.

Both received beautifully crafted doggy hats by master milliner Jessica Rea and presented by Milan fashion expert Raffaella Motta.

The event is an hilarious spectacle for audience and participants alike.

In its relatively short history, the Omni Terrier Derby has mirrored the tradition and heritage of The Derby which has been run since 1780, by having successive winners descending from the same family.

16th Terrier Derby
Sunday 25th August 2019
Epsom Racecourse
Epsom, Surrey

The Terrier Derby is run alongside the actual Derby course - click for map.

Registration from 12:00
Races start at 1:15

Owners can pre-register their terrier by emailing terrierderby@gmail.com or call/text 07979 605579 for more details.


If you have a terrier(s) up to 15” at the shoulder bring it along or just come and enjoy the fun with the Terrier Racing set.

Click here to download the Terrier Derby Rules for terriers up to 15” at the shoulder.

There's a £2 entry fee per terrier in The Omni Terrier Derby - free for spectators - with a raffle and optional donation to charities, which include The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, The Injured Jockey's Fund and canine charities.

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