John "Mick" Reeves
Rushmoor Willow affectionally known as Big Willy participating in 202 graded races
His racing career is brilliant, a greyhound that any trainer would wish for, never had an injury throughout its racing career is a credit to his current Trainer Craig Marston and his Previous trainer Paul Slater.Owned through his career by Paul Slaters Partner Kerry Satchwell, with 34 wins and 37 second places the dog looks fantastic and I'm sure could keep on racing ,but now surpassing Hall of fame dog for Monmore Kranky Scott who raced in 200 races it's time for the retirement couch and to honour this wonderful greyhound. Jo Slater Paul Slaters daughter and Craigs Kennel hand will be taking him home .
On the 6th of May 2021 Rushmoor Willow competed in his final graded race before retirement live on RGPTV with a race named in his honour he won this race ending his fantastic career on a glorious note.
I'm sure you will agree a great story about a tremendous, graded racing greyhound.
The founder of the Wolverhampton Branch of the Greyhound Trust in 2004, leading the branch to become the most successful Greyhound rehoming branch in the country, with the branch recently surpassing the 4000th rehoming in 2019.
Alison is a regular volunteer for the Greyhound trust nationally and regularly attends Crufts and other national awareness campaigns.
Chris Was a long serving trainer at Monmore until last year and during his time there was no one as successful with 4 Monmore Trainer of the year awards and being triumphant in most of Monmores Category one races including the Puppy Derby and the Summer stayers and also becoming the national Trainer of the year in 2011 being the last trainer other than Mark Wallis to win the prestigious title
Florence has been a constant presence at Monmore for over 50 years and still remains an ever-present asset to this stadium with her fantastic personality, superb customer service skills, calming influence under pressure and the person all customers from far and wide ask about when they revisit the restaurant
Home Trained and Home bred by the Cowdrill team This Successful Greyhound finishing 2nd in the Peterborough Derby and going on to win the prestigious Ladbrokes Gold Cup in 2004
The Pam Burford owned and trained Greyhound Retired in October 2019 after competing in his 201st race being the only Greyhound to do so at Monmore winning 26 of them in a career that spanned over 4 ½ years running in many grades and reaching the heights of A3
Pete was one of the longest serving trainers at Monmore until taking a step back to pass on to Daughter Kim. Pete was very well respected and could always be relied upon for honest advice using his vast experience in the industry and could always tell a great story and would always bring a smile to the room. Sadly, Pete passed away last year but will always be remembered at Monmore as a true Gentleman.
Pete began his serious involvement with Greyhounds when he joined forces with trainer Pat Ryan about 34 years ago, and after very little success with the purchase of a Greyhound called Engine Breaker they decided that breeding was the way forward and began to breed under the Prefix Elderberry named after Pete's home Elderberry Cottage, Pete continued to support the kennels when pay sadly passed away and Patricia Cowdrill took over from Partner Pat, notable success along the way have been Elderberry Chick (Champion Stakes), Elderberry Veron ( Gold Cup) and in 2008 Elderberry Azel became the British bred only cat one that year with success in the Summer stayers.
Jack Taylor OBE
An owner at Monmore with trainers George Anderson and Michael Harris his proudest success as an owner was Loughteen Bandit winning the Ladbrokes Gold cup in 2005. During his time as an owner he owned numerous dogs that raced in graded and in Open race company the likes of Druids Bangkok , Druid Sydney , Shy County and Torbal Manor to name a few all held in high esteem by the Monmore faithful.
Jack was a regular face on the terraces at the stadium and presented numerous trophies for the track until his passing in 2012. As well as a succseful greyhound owner Jack was a local lad whose fathers butchers shop where he worked was opposite the Wolverhampton Wanderers football stadium, he was also a local Magistrate and Steward of the National greyhound racing club, but was most famous for his illustrious career as a world class football referee taking charge of the 1974
world cup final and the 1971 European cup final. He had refereed in over 60 countries throughout the world and was an inductee to the FIFA hall of fame.