(From left) Elizabeth Parr, her father Jack Parr and Mary Bates with working dogs (front) Aquagold Bonnie and nephew Jack.
(From left) Elizabeth Parr, her father Jack Parr and Mary Bates with working dogs (front) Aquagold Bonnie and nephew Jack.

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.

Results

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



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