Top competitors travel to Cobar for Sheepdog Trials

They say never to work with children or animals but local photographer Klae McGuinness ignored that to capture some great up-close shots from the Cobar Sheepdog Trial at Ward Oval over the weekend. ▪ Photograph courtesy of Klae McGuinness Photography

The Cobar Sheepdog Trials were held over the weekend with visitors raving about the great hospitality of Cobar.

Sheepdog Trial committee member Emily Miller reported that the visitors from around the country loved the laid back, caring nature of the trial.

“They were also very impressed with the quality of the sheep and how they handled,” Mrs Miller said.

Sheepdog Trial competitors begin each competition with 100 points and points are deducted for every error either the dog or handler makes. Each competition has two rounds with the scores being combined to make their final score.

Mick Hudson with his dog Ritchies Finn took out the Open category with a score of 185 after finishing with 89 points in their first round and a very impressive score of 96 in the second round.

Geoff (Toby) Lindsay with his dog Lindsay’s Tiger also finished their first round on 89 and a score of 94 (183 total) to finish the event in second place.

Frank Singleton, with his dog Quickstep Dom, finished in third place after a score of 90 in the first round and 92 in the second gave them a final score of 182.

Fourth place was taken by Peter Oxley with dog Rivlin Ceaser on 177 points and Nick Ryan and his dog Zeefree Rolly finished in fifth place with 165 points.

Nick Ryan took out first, second and equal third place in the Improver category.

With his dog Zeefree Rolly Ryan scored a total of 177 for first place.

With dog Cook’s Kel, Ryan took out second place with a total score of 157 and with his dog Lindsay’s Dan II he placed equal third with 150 points.

Daniel Stephens also placed in third with dog Stevo’s Lass.

In the Novice category David Lacey with dog Coshie Buddy placed equal first with Jess Macleod with dog Tungali Mylie both on 157 points.

Peter Oxley placed in second with a score of 150 with his dog Rilvin Jet and Jenny Whitelock came in fourth with her dog Boylee Talent on 144 points.