Supreme trial tests top dogs, handlers
STANTHORPE'S Gary Hurtz was among the six finalists at the Queensland Supreme Working Sheep Dog Open Trials held at Karara on the weekend.
The finalists were the top six handlers on a hard-earned accumulative point-scoring system.
Points had been gathered during a series of trials throughout the state.
Noted trialler Geoff Gibson was on the list twice, as was Winton's Jim O'Connell.
Relative newcomer to this demanding sport, Mick Rigby from Ilfracombe, showed his enormous potential as a first timer at supreme level.
Karara trial organiser Bill Fearby said the event had run smoothly.
The location had again proven itself to be a popular drawcard.
"We had competitors come from throughout the state," he said.
"We have a very good reputation for supplying fresh sheep and that's a major appeal," he said.
"We also organised some pretty good weather - for the start of the trial anyhow."
Full results and more photographs from the four day event will be run in next Tuesday's Bush Tele.