Young Cranbourne South breeder trainer Ashlee Terry was presented with the prestigious Ned Bryant ‘Silver Fox’ Award at the 2017/18 Victorian Greyhound Awards at Crown Palladium.
Named in honour of iconic former champion trainer, the late Ned Bryant, the Silver Fox Award recognises outstanding achievement in the training, breeding or promotion of greyhound racing.
Ashlee, 27, has had an incredible run over the past three years as a breeder, owner and trainer in partnership with Andrew Paraskevas.
She won her first Group 1 as a trainer with Maja Mahi Mahi in the 2017 Sapphire Crown, while she has also had huge success as a breeder trainer with greyhounds out of champion brood matron Father Of Mine.
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This includes American Monster (multiple Group race finalist), Better Than This (2 x Waterloo Cups wins), Burn Like Fire (won 23 from 36), My Arizona Room (won 13 from 23), My American Girl (2018 SA Oaks winner), Nervous An Weird (2018 SA Derby winner) and Eye Got It (won 10 from 13) to name a few.
“I’m very honoured and very surprised and a little bit nervous,” Ashlee said upon accepting the award.
“Andrew and I bred the litters together, and it’s probably a bit more special when you breed them yourself because you’ve had them since they were puppies and you watch them grow up and race and be successful. It is probably something everyone in the sport dreams to do.”
“We’ve been very lucky to have Father Of Mine produce winner are winner.”
Ashlee credited a lot of her kennel’s success to Andrew and highly respected trainer and rearer, Karen Leek.
“I’ve wanted to be a greyhound trainer since I was five years old and I think we’ve improved a lot since we’ve been trainers. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, it’s very much a passion of mine and who wouldn’t want to wake up every day and do something they love? I feel very lucky,” Ashlee said.
Read more about Ned Bryant here.
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