Competitor Bryton Virgo, from Chinchilla, and Kruger at last month’s Karara trial.
Competitor Bryton Virgo, from Chinchilla, and Kruger at last month’s Karara trial. ELOISE HANDLEY

Trio head to Killarney for trials

GEOFF Gibson, David Lacey and John Parr are the three Southern Downs sheep dog trial exponents in the running for a place in the 2010 Queensland team.

State trials for a team of two to compete in national selection trials at Port Fairy, Victoria, in October are on this long weekend at the Killarney Showgrounds in conjunction with the Killarney Classic.

The top seven dog and handler combinations have qualified for the state trials based on performances around in the past year.

Gibson, who comes from Junabee, and 2009 Australian representative Jim O’Connell, of Winton, each has two dogs in the state selection trials.

Colin Topp, of Brisbane, Yangan handler David Lacey and John Parr, of Omanama, each have one dog qualified.

There are 35 handlers heading to the Killarney Showgrounds this weekend for the classic with more than 100 dogs. Sheep will be transported from Thane. In the past, sheep have been used from the Killarney Abattoir but with the abattoir closing, a new source for sheep was needed.

Last year, Gibson was selected in the 2010 Australian team with his dog Blackbrook Merri to compete in the Trans Tasman Challenge against New Zealand at Port Fairy in October.

When the challenge is held in Australia, the selection trials for the national team for the following year are held at the same venue.

There is free admission to the grounds and meals on Saturday and Sunday night at the nearby Killarney Recreation Club building.



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