Rock It kennels are located in the picturesque village of Overseal, Derbyshire. With over 15 acres of land the kennels can provide the best of freedom for exercise and all round care available to any dog at the kennels. As well as priding itself on the care of the dogs, the kennels have a welcoming, friendly, family orientated atmosphere for its owners and staff to enjoy.
Owners are encouraged to attend the kennels as often as they like to see their stars relaxing and enjoying themselves away from the track. Large, open fields make for great walks for the owners and their beloved racers. With owners ranging from Manchester to Jersey, via Devon and Sussex all owners enjoy a great rapport with Paul, Esther and the team. They are often found making sausage sandwiches in Paul’s kitchen on a Sunday morning !!
All of the dogs at Rock It kennels, pups, racers or retired, receive unprecedented care and attention and are turned out immaculately. The effort the team put in is appreciated by both the dogs and the owners and this is what makes the work so rewarding for all at the kennels.
Currently attached to Monmore Green for the graded runners, the kennel currently houses 60+ dogs on the racing strength. Combine this with the open races where the team travel all over the country to take on the best of the British greyhounds, the team are always on the go.
The kennels are striving to bring back some much needed glory to the British breeding scene. Apart from Nick Savva, the British breeding game has been very quiet over recent years. With the broods, studs, facilities and all round wealth of knowledge the prospect of future champions looks bright.
Paul and Esther are always available to talk to and welcome any newcomers to the sport to call them for advice. Be it racing, breeding or homing a retired racer they both can call on years of experience to steer you in the right direction.
Paul Sallis has been involved in greyhounds since the age of 16. He worked under the great George Curtis as a kennel hand for 4 years, handling the best dogs of the era, including the legendary Ballyregan Bob.
When George retired, Bill Masters took over the kennel where Paul remained for 1 year before spending the next 7 years in the breeding side of the game working with Diane Stinchcombe .
Paul rejoined the racing side when he joined the Gordon Hodson kennel before moving to the highly successful Brian Clemenson kennel where he was assistant trainer when they won 2 trainers championship. During this highly successful period, Paul oversaw a total of 24 final wins !
Paul left the kennels in 2004 to start out on his own at Milton Keynes, with the help of partner Esther Driver and kennel hand Emma Old. Since then, Paul has enjoyed success after success. In the 1st year he won Trainer of the Year at Milton Keynes with only a small team of greyhounds. He then moved to his current base at Overseal where, at Hall Green, he wasbeen voted Champion Trainer for 2 years running. In his first two and half years at Monmore, he won the Trainers Championship 2 years on the bounce. Add to that the success of winning category 1 finals and many competitions, the kennel is thriving.
Paul is an incredibly ambitious trainer, whose constant drive and passion for the game sets him apart from many trainers out there currently.
Esther is Paul’s assistant trainer as well as being the breeding guru at the kennels. Esther has been in greyhounds all her life following in her father’s footsteps who also reared them.
Esther worked for Bill Masters at Hove, under the guidance of the legendary George Curtis who remained in the kennel after his retirement. She then joined the Derek Knight kennel as assistant trainer. She was with the successful Knight kennel for 4 years where she went on to win the national kennel hand of the year.
During her time at the Knight kennels, Esther had the honour of leading up Smoking Bullet in 2 derby finals. She left the Knight kennel to assist Paul in the setting up and running of their solo venture in 2004.
A very experienced and respected handler, Esther is now making waves on the British breeding scene, producing the Hall Green Produce Stakes winner in only her 2nd home bred litter, not to mention numerous open race winners.
With a host of well bred bitches at the kennels, Esther is striving for the success in the breeding ranks that the time and effort spent, richly deserves.