Join us for the 12th annual Dachshund Dash this June long weekend. The miniature creatures put it all on the line - well, some of them don't quite find the finish line - in what we guarantee will deliver the highest and most equal doses of thrills and cuteness you've ever seen!
Last year the race attracted 72 racers with almost 2,000 people cheering them on. And this year it's back with a new Veteran's Division for the over 8's. Scores of scurrying sausage dogs in a heart-stopping race for glory? It's no wonder they call it the Melbourne Cup of dog racing.
SCHEDULE - SUNDAY 10 JUNE, 2018
9:15am Dog's Breakfast on the Village Green, Corner Bank and Sackville Streets
Dogs of all breeds are welcome to join in the fun and games on the Village Green. Sausage sizzle, coffee carts and the annual class photo of dogs and owners. And let's not forget the fashion on the field! There's always a few stylish pups and owners in interesting attire and we wholeheartedly encourage the frivolity.
10:15am Dog's Parade down Sackville Street to Port Fairy Cricket Oval
Strut your stuff down the main street to the racing venue. A final chance for pups to warm-up before the main event.
11:00am Dachshund Dash, Race track, Avery's Paddock, Port Fairy Cricket Oval, Campbell Street
There's more food and a coffee cart, but it's the dogs that the crowds come for. Enjoy the flurry of intense action as the three main races (under 2's, over 2's and now a Veterans race) take place, after their respective heats of course. All this followed by the cute and fun obstacle races and other categories. Who will take the title crown this year?
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN
- Just fill in the form below!
- Or download a form in PDF or Word and email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Make your payment via Try Booking, direct debit or cheque. Trybooking is secure and fast, the link is below.
- Once payment is received, your entry will be confirmed by email.
- Be quick! Registrations fill up fast and only a small amount of racers are accepted on the day. Registrations close at 9.30am sharp on race day. NO LATE ENTRIES ACCEPTED. Sorry!
- Please read the 2018 instruction sheet for full details.
Dachshund Dash prizes
In addition to the glory, the winning Dachshunds in each age category receives an A4 framed portrait of themselves by talented local artist Jimmi Buscombe. Jimmi works from photos to create incredibly life-like illustrations of animals and pets, the perfect way for your champion pooch to be immortalised in art.
Check out Virgil, one of last year's winners!
Recap of 2017
Wow! What a day! It was the biggest race yet! Thanks to all the mini racers...all 72 of you! And to all the spectators who cheered them on. And of course, to our wonderful volunteers and supporters who make the whole thing happen. The beautiful pics below are by Emily Blissland from ABC South West.
It started as a chilly but clear morning with lots of dew on the track. The dog's breakfast was a fun pre-race event with people and pups gathering to play on the Green. Despite some light drizzle just before the race, the crowd was ready and waiting beside the track and even in the grandstand for prime viewing. The winning sausage dog in the Over 2 years was Daisy, the long, lean, running machine. This dog has won 4 of 6 races over the last 6 years. Quite the record! Can she be beaten in 2018???
WINNERS AND PLACEGETTERS 2017
Under 2 years
1. Vergil - Imogen Mounsey
2. Prince Harry - Vickie Ware
3. Frankie - Leona Rose
Over 2 years
1. Daisy - Jema Chapple
2. Audry - Linda Schlaghecke
3. Alfie - Angela Tweddle
Best Child Handler
Summer Shaw with dog, Ava
Dog that looks most like its owner
Rufus Punton with dog, William
Check out some of the stories online...
We can't wait to see you in Port Fairy this June long weekend!