Kelpies to wow Teebar crowd this Saturday
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.