The purpose of the Bluegrass Working Terrier Association is to
promote, support and help organize earthworking terrier and
Our goal is to offer activities and information relating to the many
facets of the working terrier and dachshund. We strive to make
our activities challenging, fun, family oriented, and educational
with respect to life with a working terrier or dachshund.
The BWTA usually has 3 scheduled events each year. In May,
there is the Spring Fling and in September we have the North
American Working Terrier Classic. Additionally we provide
support to the High Hope Steeplechase in May by offering racing
A newsletter is sent out as needed to inform members of
upcoming events, meetings, and point standings. Membership
entitles terriers and dachshunds to accumulate points throughout
the year culminating in our Annual Achievement Awards luncheon.
We are not a registry, nor do we require registration to
join and /or participate in our activities.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in earthworking
terrier breeds, dachshunds or chihuahuas and their activities.
Mary Anne Hauck
Racing is perhaps the most exciting of all the terrier trial events. There are two
types of races: flat and hurdles (also known as Steeplechase). The track is a
straight course with a starting box at one end and a stack of straw or hay bales
with a hole in the middle
(the finish line) at the other. A lure (usually a piece of fur) is attached to a piece
of string that is pulled along by a Lure machine. The terriers are muzzled for
safety (theirs and the catchers). The first dog to cross the finish line (behind the
bales at the entry to the catch pen) is the winner. That is not always the dog that
was first as they entered the hole in the hay bales! Each race may be a series of
heats, semis, and finals. A championship race is run in each division and is a
competition between the winners of the flat and hurdle races. To qualify for the
championships those dogs MUST have run in BOTH their flat and hurdle
Agility is a trial event in which dogs traverse a maze of obstacles and compete for speed and accuracy.
Dogs jump through tires, zip through tunnels, scale a 5'7" A-Frame, traverse a narrow "dog walk",
negotiate a see-saw, zigzag through closely spaced, upright poles and soar over a variety of challenging
Generally,There are two competition classes. Off-lead and
On-Lead. On-lead is offered at two levels, novice and advanced.
Novice is truly for the first time JR competitor, canine or human. It is
limited to dogs which have never received a score of 190 or better in
an agility competition (BWTA or otherwise). Off-lead is for athletes
and owners who are familiar with or specialise in agility coursing.
Go-To-Ground is a competition that makes use of the terrier’s natural ability to follow the scent of quarry. The terriers enter man-made tunnels, one at
a time. The dog is released approximately 2 feet from the entrance of the tunnel when told to do so by the judge. The dog must have all four feet on the
ground when it is released.
At the opposite end of the tunnel there is a barrier and a cage that contains one or more rats. The judge sits at the exit point with a stopwatch and
times each terrier from the moment it is released until it reaches the caged rats. It is then timed on how long it 'works' the rats. Working consists of
barking, baying, whining, staring or digging at the rats. The terrier must complete the tunnel in 30-60 seconds and ‘work’ for 30 –60 seconds
depending upon which go-to-ground class they are competing in. "Working" may consist of any or all of the following: barking/baying digging,
whimpering, or intense and focused staring.
Each terrier has a score sheet on which the judge will record the time it took to get through the tunnel and if the terrier has passed or failed this
portion and whether it passed or failed working the quarry for the specified time. The appropriate score sheet will be in the trial packet. Hand the score
sheet to the den steward when it is your turn to release your dog. If your dog passes, you will pick up your score sheet from the judge when you pick
up your dog. All dogs which successfully 'worked' the rats for the required amount of time are then placed in order of fastest times through the tunnel
to determine the order of finish. (Learn More)
Lure Coursing is a performance event developed in the early 70's by Lyle Gillette and other California sighthound fanciers who hunted jackrabbits in the open field, which risked
the harm caused by barbed wire fencing. They invented lure coursing as a safer, more controlled sport for sighthounds that would recreate the physical requirements of open field
coursing, allowing them to continue testing the functional abilities of their sighthounds. The hounds chase plastic bags on a course laid out to simulate escaping game.(Learn
Many dogs love the thrill of the chase – not just sighthounds. And that’s why we've created the Lure Coursing Fanatics Club! It doesn’t matter if your dog is a Chihuahua or a Great
Dane or a mix of anything in between – if they love to chase things, they will LOVE Lure Coursing! And even if you think they won’t – many people are very surprised when their
dogs go nuts for the lure!!
This is a event where the dog is released at the start of the course. Electronic timers are used to time the dog as it chases the lure. This event is set up in a open field and may or
may not be fenced. The dogs compete against similar size dogs and may be split by age and gender. This is a fast paced event that all dogs love.
Barn Hunt allows athletes to test their memory, nerve and nose by using canine senses to locate contained( and
safe) prey. Each competitor will be timed on how long it takes to locate the hidden container. The best time wins!
2016 Schedule and Events
May 14th - Spencer Co Fairgrounds Spring Fling, All Breed Lure Coursing, Weenie Bob only
May 22nd - High Hope Steeplechase at the KY Horse Park, All Breed Lure Coursing, Weenie Bob only
September 10 - Spencer Co Fairgrounds, All Breed Lure Coursing, Terrier Racing, Barn Hunt, Brush Hunt, Agility and Weenie Bob
October 22nd - Hermitage Farm Driving Classic Goshen KY, All Breed Lure Coursing. Weenie Bob only