TOP DOG: The National Working Sheep Dog Trials are on this week in Warwick.
TOP DOG: The National Working Sheep Dog Trials are on this week in Warwick.

Oz against NZ in sheep dog trials

OUR best Aussie handlers and their dogs will take on the might of the Kiwis in the Working Sheep Dogs Trans Tasman Test this weekend at the Warwick Showgrounds.

The event is a highlight of the Australian Coprice Supreme Championships, which run until Sunday.

The first round of the Aussie-Kiwi clash kicks off at 4pm on Saturday with the final on Sunday from 11am.

2012 Australian Trans Tasman Test Team

Malcolm Taylor (captain) and Mocara Ed

Malcolm is a retired farmer. Malcolm and wife Jo live at Bridgeport Tasmania, having farmed at Deloraine in Tasmania for many years. Malcolm has been trialling for 21 years and is representing Australia for the 10th time. Malcolm and Somerville Floss won the Australian Supreme in 2009 and the National Championships at Canberra in 2010 and represented Australia three times. Malcolm has won the Consistency Award in Tasmania 11 of the last 14 years. Malcolm captained the Australian Team which won in New Zealand at Taupo in 2009. Mocara Ed is a rising 6-year-old border collie dog by Somerville Spot, and is the fifth dog with which Malcolm has represented Australia. Mocara Ed has twice won the Tasmanian Championships and Bendigo Open Trial. Mocara Ed, Somerville Floss, Somerville Spot and Somerville Chloe all are descendants of Bowhill Flirt, the first of Malcolm's Representative Dogs.

Stefan Cross and Glenview Connie

Stefan, a 42-year-old farmer from Strathalbyn south of Adelaide has been trialling for 17 years and is vice-president of the South Australia Working Sheepdog Association. He crops 2000 acres and runs merino ewes and a small piggery with his wife Simone and their children Melanie, Daniel and Ashleigh. Stefan is representing Australia for the sixth time at Warwick and Connie for the fourth time. Amadeus Pearl was Stefan's first trial dog and his first Australian representative dog. Stefan captained the Australian team which went to NZ in 2007. Glenview Connie is versatile and works well in the yards and in the paddock on their farm. Connie is a border collie bitch by Christies Polar and was bred by the late Doug Connup. She has represented South Australia six times, been South Australian dog of the year four times, and won numerous open trials. She has been placed second in the Australian Supreme twice, in Toowoomba in 2007 and Dowerin in 2011.

Jim O'Connell and Camara Atom

Jim and his wife Rhonda own and manage the 46,000-acre sheep and cattle property Camara near Winton. They run merino sheep and droughtmaster cattle. Jim represented Australia with Parr's Lefty in 2001 and 2005 and has been trialling for 21 years. Jim had the honour of being named Australian team captain in 2005, the year Australia defeated NZ in NZ for the first time. He is vice-president of the ASDWA and has judged the Trans Tasman Test Series at Launceston in 2008 and Port Fairy in 2010. Camara Atom is a 10-year-old border collie dog by Parr's Lefty. Atom represented Australia at Taupo NZ in 2009. Atom won the South Australian Championships in 2008, numerous Open trials and was also Dog of the Year in Queensland in 2008.

Geoff Gibson and Charlies Dusty

Geoff is a retired farmer and builder. Geoff and wife Rosemary live near Warwick. He has been trialling for about 30 years with kelpies and border collies in sheep and cattle trials. This is Geoff's third time representing Australia and he captained the Australian team at Port Fairy in 2010. Geoff has represented NSW four times and is representing Queensland for the fifth time this Supreme. Geoff is a past president of both the NSW and Queensland Working Sheep Dog Associations. He judged the Trans Tasman Test Series in NZ in 2007 and the Australian Supreme at Narrandera in 2006. Charlies Dusty is an eight-year-old border collie dog by Charlies Max and was bred by Charlie Burt. Dusty was dog of the year in Queensland in 2010, has represented Queensland twice and won the Australian Supreme at Dowerin WA in 2011.

Gordon Curtis (team manager and judge)

Gordon is the president of the Australian Sheepdog Workers Association and is a past president of the Northern Districts Working Sheep Dog Club and the Western

Australian Working Sheep Dog Association. Gordon and his wife Sara run a farm at Kellerberrin in the central wheat belt of WA. They have a cropping and prime lamb operation, that includes Binnaburra South Suffolk and Kelpie Studs.

He has represented WA in the Ted Gaby Interstate Challenge and last year judged the Interstate Challenge at Dowerin. In May 2012 Gordon flew from Perth to Longreach to judge the Barcaldine Open Trans Tasman Trial. He has been trialling for 20 years and competes in yard, utility and three sheep trials and has represented WA in yard trials also.

2012 NZ Trans Tasman Test Team ProfilesEric Stringer (captain) and Matt

Eric farms 2800 hectares at Kyeburn (South Island), running 10,000 stock units in sheep and cattle. He is married to Pauline and they have a daughter. He has been trialling for more than 40 years and has been in 33 Island and NZ runoffs, and judged up to national level. This is Eric's third time in the NZ team and Matt's second. Matt is a seven-year-old NZ heading dog, and a grandson of the dog Eric competed with in his first Test in Bendigo in 1992.

Murray Child and Dice

Murray farms a 420-hectare sheep and beef farm 25 min from Whangarei (northern North Island). He is married to Kathy and they have two adult sons. He has been trialling for about 40 years and has been in 28 Island and NZ runoffs, and has two national titles, and has judged up to national level. This is Murray's third time representing NZ. Dice is a three-year-old NZ heading bitch, and is the current NZ Longhead Champion.

Andy Clark and Lady

Andy farms at Darfield near Christchurch, and also sharefarms a development block at Banks Peninsular. He also paints houses. He is married to Julie and they have two daughters. He has been trialling for 30 years and has won four centre championships and an island championship, has judged at island level and will judge the NZ Short Head in 2013. Lady is a six-year-old NZ heading bitch and is the current North Island Short Head Champion.

Bruce Parkinson and Brook

Bruce manages a 2800-hectare sheep and beef farm running 28,000 stock units at Raetihi (central North Island). He is married to Joanne and they have two adult sons.

He has been trialling for 25 years and has been in numerous runoffs, with three island and two NZ titles and has judged at national level.

This is Bruce's third time in the test team, and Brook's second. Brook is a five-year-old NZ heading bitch, and is the current NZ Short Head Champion.

She was runner-up to NZ champion in the previous two years, and is a daughter of the bitch Bruce competed with in his first Test in 2004 in WA.

John Harvey (team manager and judge)

John farms a 1000-hectare sheep and beef farm at Martinborough (southern North Island) running 9500 stock units.

He is married to Yvonne and they have four adult children, two of whom farm in partnership with them. He has been trialling for about 50 years and has won several centre championships and has judged at national level. He is the president of the NZ Sheepdog Trial Association, and this is his second year as team manager.

Program

Tuesday

  • 6.30am: Supreme Championship - main ring
  • 6.30am: Novice Ring 2
  • 7.30pm: AWSDA annual general meeting

Wednesday

  • 6.30am: Supreme Championship
  • 6.30am: Novice
  • Then Encourage trial starts

Thursday

  • 6.30am: Supreme
  • 7pm: Competitors' Dinner

Friday

  • 6.30am: Championship continues With Kiwi Block
  • 1.30pm: Second Round - Ted Gaby Perpetual Trophy Interstate Challenge
  • 4.30pm: Official Opening and welcome

Saturday

  • 6.30am: Top 20 Run-off
  • 1.30pm: Third Round - Ted Gaby Perpetual Trophy Interstate Challenge
  • 4pm: First Round - Australia v New Zealand Trans Tasman Test

Sunday

  • 6.30am: Improver Final
  • 8.30am: Supreme Championship Top 10 Final
  • 11am: Second Round - Australia v New Zealand Trans Tasman Test.
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