Kelpies to wow Tee­bar crowd this Satur­day

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT & BEYOND - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­

SPEC­TA­TORS at Satur­day’s Tee­bar Show and Rodeo will be de­lighted by the an­tics of Sean and Evonne Bar­rett’s work­ing kelpies.

The non-stop rodeo ac­tion will be com­ple­mented by the dis­play on cat­tle han­dling from this in­trepid team with a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence ed­u­cat­ing live­stock and con­tract mus­ter­ing around Aus­tralia.

Ini­tially the cou­ple from Woolooga, near Gympie, packed up each sum­mer to work sheep in Vic­to­ria and re­turned dur­ing the cooler months to Queens­land, ed­u­cat­ing weaner cat­tle.

But Mr Bar­rett now trav­els Aus­tralia and over­seas teach­ing stock han­dling, on foot and with dogs.

Al­though he grew up in the city, his fam­ily passed on the skills to be a good com­mu­ni­ca­tor.

Through many cour­ses and hands-on train­ing he now passes his skills to oth­ers.

Au­di­ences at the Melbourne Royal Show have been priv­i­leged to see th­ese clever ca­nines at work.

His keen sense of hu­mour brings a laugh to spec­ta­tors when things don’t quite go to plan.

The cou­ple has 16 dogs, mainly black and tan with some red and tan.

Sean reg­u­larly trav­els to Amer­ica to teach, with talk of a pos­si­ble trip to Europe.

One of their ca­reer high­lights was ed­u­cat­ing the cat­tle for Baz Luhrmann’s movie epic, Aus­tralia.

One would think shorthorns would be easy to han­dle but, for au­then­tic­ity, Baz re­quired cat­tle to be sourced straight from the scrub.

Ap­par­ently they took some qui­eten­ing.

As well as the work­ing dog dis­play, Tee­bar prom­ises a fun day out with rodeo ac­tion, free camp­ing, ute muster, and vin­tage car dis­play, Miss Show­girl judg­ing, hall dis­play and com­pe­ti­tions, li­censed bar, can­teen and live mu­sic from 4pm.

All money raised will go to re­plac­ing in­fra­struc­ture washed away by the Aus­tralia Day flood.

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