Sheep dog's go to trial at Karara
A SERIES of whistles, yelps, hand gestures and a little Magic guided three sheep between a fence, over a bridge and finally into an enclosure to be penned.
While one sheep stood proud and occasionally stomped its hoof in irritation, 18-month-old working dog Magic and her owner Pip Hudson, both from Dubbo, managed to complete the course.
“At least the sheep didn’t jump the fence,” Mr Hudson said.
The Queensland Working Sheep Dog Association hosted the State Supreme Championships at Karara, which started on Friday and wrapped up yesterday. The event attracted about 130 dogs and 45 handlers from the eastern states of Australia.
“This is the biggest competition in Queensland,” Mr Hudson said.
“Magic competed in the novice section because at 18 months old, she’s only a teenager.
“A dog at two to three years old is about 14 to 20 years old in people terms.”
The championships enticed the sport’s oldest competitor, 88-year-old Jack Parr from Omanama and his six-year-old champion working dog Aquagold Bonnie.
“I bred Bonnie. She’s one of five generations of working dogs I’ve bred,” Mr Parr said.
Mr Parr said a good working dog was all about trust, genetics, friendship, training and consistency.
“A simple command of, ‘Where’s the sheep?’ and she’s ready to go,” he laughed.
Queensland Supreme Championship
1st Geoff Gibson (Junabee) on Dusty
2nd Gary Hurtz (Stanthorpe) with Buddy
3rd Garry Barker (Glen Innes) with Toss Up
4th Geoff Gibson (Junabee) with Lake
5th Wayne Avra (Chinchilla) with Jimmy
6th David Lacey (Yangan) with Dell
Novice event run by Karara branch
Winner – David Lacey (Yangan) with Dell