ON SET: Mike Smith and Peter Hinchley from Warwick filming their television series about sheep dog trialling.
ON SET: Mike Smith and Peter Hinchley from Warwick filming their television series about sheep dog trialling. File

Darling Downs dog trials to come alive with documentary

TWO Warwick filmmakers have turned their sights on an unusual sport.

Mike Smith and Peter Hinchley have spent years capturing sheepdog trial events across the Darling Downs and on Sunday their documentary will hit screens across the world.

Clifton border collie breeder Ken Sykes features as a key commentator for the documentary which seeks to bring a unique country sport to a wider audience.

The film will be broadcast on the Briz31 television station and online via 'live stream'.

A former executive SBS producer, Mr Hinchley said he first discovered sheepdog trials while working at a pub in Karara.

"I was at the local showgrounds to help out with the bar and they were running some trials there," he said.

"I ended up watching the trials and the more I watched the more I realised there was a lot more to it and the stories behind the people involved were so interesting."

Mr Hinchley said he hopes the documentary will help other people fall in love with the sport and the country life.

"These guys are the experts, the great thing about the sport is you see a lot of new members from costal towns, cities and small block landholders taking a greater interest in the sport," he said.

"The film sort of goes along a path explaining the history, bloodline, how the sport was started and what a good handler looks to find in a pup."

With plenty of experience in the entertainment industry, Mr Hinchley said the opportunity to move into the 'live stream' platform was exciting.

"I started looking into community stations and realised that many stations were looking at switching to an online and live stream platform," he said.

"I thought it was a good chance to create an actual regional atmosphere via live streaming.

"Once I started playing around with some equipment like using GoPros on the handlers and with the commentary it all just fell into place."

Live Stream

 'Live Stream' broadcast on December 27 at 4pm via http://www.31.com.au/live

 Stream will be replayed in January and available 'on-demand'

 Program covers events captured across the Darling Downs



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