The 53rd Seymour Working Sheep Dog Trials was held during the weekend with a mixture of weather conditions, excellent sheep and testing competition.
Luke Harris from Dumbalk in Gippsland was the most successful trialler and won the prestigious Prince of Wales Open Trial with Rockbarton Gypsy on 172 points from one of our oldest triallers George Lane from Heathcote with Lindsay’s Dan on a score of 160.
Luke then continued his winning ways by taking out third place with El Shamah Sweeney on 152 points. To cap off a great weekend for Luke he also won the Jean and late Brian O’Sullivan Trophy for the fastest penned trial in 9minutes and 21seconds.
The Bert Ridd Improver Trial for dogs that have won a novice trial went to David Webb from Finley, NSW, with Hocknell Maggie on 114 points, while local Rod Cavanagh from Yea was second with Stocklight Russ on 68 points.
The Seymour A & P Society Novice Trial was won by Ron Pollock from Chilton with Cyclone Sid on 128 points from Colin Reid from Warrenbayne with El Shamah Ned on 50 points.
The Grahame Smith Family trophy for the Encourage winner went to Sarah McFarlane from Seaford with Queen on 82 points. Second was Marc Sibun from Heathcote Junction with Bavers Sleet on 53 points, and third was Camille Shaw from Mirboo in Gippsland with Sue on 30 points.
The Farmers Trial was dominated by locals with Marc Sibun from Heathcote Junction winning with Bavers Sleet on 75 points; second was Brad Clark from Pyalong with Ruby on 63 points; and third place went to William Pattinson from Ringwood with El Shamah Trix on 25 points.