Alan McDowell, formely a National
Hunt jockey first Trained greyhounds for a hobby in 1996 and has
already tasted a fair amount of success for a Trainer with a
limited number of dogs. He has kennelling for 28 race dogs and accommodation for the rearing and schooling of pups. He moved to Crews House in 2001 and has
since created a modern Training complex to his own
Crews House Kennels, set in picturesque and
peaceful surroundings is only 10 miles away from Swindon racetrack. It has open fields at the rear of the property that are primarily used for the rearing and breeding of greyhounds. There is a purpose built 400-yard gallop with starting traps (see pic) and a walking machine for 8 dogs. The rearing paddocks have been designed to ensure maximum freedom in a safe environment. Many of the greyhounds that Alan trains have been reared in this manner, with over 90% of his kennel currently being made up of homebred dogs. He has a fantastic strike rate with puppies reaching the track, having reared and schooled in 2011 twenty one pups, which have all gone on to win races. In 2012 alone had another 12 school, with plenty more in the pipeline for the coming years.
He has made the Swindon Produce Final four times with homebred dogs and it is his ambition to win the race in the future. He also made the Nottingham Produce Final in 2012 with another dog that was reared at the kennels. He always has pups for sale but you can be guaranteed that it will have been done to the very best. Alan is always happy to travel with his better dogs, especially when they have shown their potential in graded races and never more so when they have been reared at the kennels.
The business is primarily run as a family concern with his wife Debbie helping out in the kennels when he is racing. The additional help of two part time staff ensures that the kennels are run to a very high standard. Alan and the team are very proud of their home finding work for the retired greyhounds in their care with most homes being found through their own network. Lots of them are returning year after year for their holidays!
Many of Alan's owners have been with him since he started training greyhounds. He welcomes new owners, partnerships and syndicates into the kennels. Alan has contacts in Ireland that he has dealt with for many years that may also be able to find you the right dog if he doesn't have anything available himself.
Shoudl you require any further information, advice or help, then please do not hesitate to contact him.