BUSH SPORT: Urban folk revive the classic sheep dog trials
A WARWICK Show veteran said if it wasn't for non-rural folk, the sheep dog trial arena would be lacking in competition, numbers and diversity.
Chief steward of the sheep dog trials Jack Dwan has been a regular at the Warwick Show for more than 60 years.
Not only has he seen the game change over the decades due to modern-day makeovers, he has also noticed the increasing variety in its competitors.
Acknowledging the wide-ranging interest as a "big benefit,” Mr Dwan said the more people that are interested in the bush sport, the better.
"Once upon a time, it was just a country person's sport,” Mr Dwan said.
"These days we have a lot of non-rural folk and more women getting into it.
"They are learning fast and a lot of them are doing well.
"It's a fantastic thing to see.”
Trying to keep participation numbers high, Mr Dwan said it's been harder and harder to get folks interested in the show.
"Everyone used to flock to the show,” Mr Dwan said.
"What can I say? Shows are hard to do these days because there is so much available to people, it's harder to attract them.
"Back in the day, if you wanted to see a new model car you went to a show.
"Now you can look at one every day of the week.”
Despite the hard work wrangling numbers Mr Dwan said it will be a successful weekend for all.
The sheep dog trials will run over two jam-packed days on the Friday and Saturday of the Warwick Show.
Nominations will be taken on the day for anyone that wants to give it a go.