Sheepdogs display mettle at trials
THE Queensland Championship Sheep Dog Trials came to an end on Sunday after three days of competition that saw some of Australia's leading dogs and 60 trainers in action at the Allora Showgrounds.
Considered the nation's best in the sheepdog business, Greg Prince of Dubbo added the 2011 Open Championship to his trophy cabinet on Sunday after finishing ahead of an estimated 140 other dogs.
Working with his dog, Moriarty Debbie, he tallied up 276 points, winning from Grafton trainer Darryl Williams and Annlee Stubby (274) and Yangan's Geoff Gibson with Blackbrook Merri (273). Prince was also an unplaced finalist with Princes Di on 254 points.
Granite Belt trainer Peter Thomson and Gibsons Bell took the honours in the Encourage section with 177 points from Reece Morris and Coogee Ebonie (157) and Michael Walsh and Moriarty Bliss (156).
Oakey sheepdog trial enthusiast Ron Potticary judged the Championships Encourage section, but also showed his wares winning the Novice section with his dog Mandarra Danny with 188 points.
Errol Brettschneider finished second with Fiesta Flea on 185 points with Gary Hurtz and Hurts's Roley tying for second also on 185 points.
The Improver class saw Clifton dog owner Brendan Bange and his dog Brenkris Gale tie on 179 points with Brisbane's Dave Sharp and Kleinschmidt Misty. Ian Beard with Cooks Pete finished third on 177 points.
Event organiser Charlie Burt of Allora couldn't speak highly enough of the level of competition and the attitude and approach of all competing.
“The weekend has been an amazing success, and so many people in the Allora and surrounding community deserve thanks, including our lengthy list of event sponsors,” Mr Burt said.