The Supreme Australian Working Sheep Dog Championship concluded on Sunday with a nail-biting finish the highlight.
The championships, held from October 14 to 22 at Seymour’s Kings Park, saw Ken Robinson, of Quirindi, NSW, and his dog Cooks Hope awarded the Supreme Champion after Tony Elliott, from Brungle, NSW with OK Indianna Buckels failed to score the required 91 points to take out the title — registering 89.5.
Dubbo’s Greg Prince took out third place with Princes Dodge just in front of Victorian Paul O’Kane with O’Kane’s Andrew Symonds.
The Ted Gaby Interstate Challenge, held over three rounds on the Trans-Tasman course, saw Queensland victorious with a score of 433.5 points.
Supporting the Supreme Championship, an Improver Trial was won by Peter Oxley (NSW) with Rivlin Ceaser closely followed in second place by John Perry (NSW) with Boco Ice and Lee Jamieson (Tas) with Shannondoah Kaye in third place.
While John Perry (NSW) and Boco Ice backed up their placing in the Improver Trial with victory in the Novice competition.
The 2017 Australian team of David Lacey (WA), Bill Davidson (NSW), Geoff Gibson (Qld) and Grant Cooke (WA), as well as Bernard McGlashan (Tas) as judge-manager travel to New Zealand in November to contest the Trans-Tasman Test to be held at Taupo (New Zealand’s North Island).