Cattle prove sticky at Mt Perry trials
Strong friendships formed on the long road to cattle dog trials
DOG-lovers flocked to the Mt Perry Show on Saturday to experience the only show in the North Burnett with cattle dog trials.
Competitor Judy Hamilton found the cattle “a bit sticky” for her dog Toolangie Lee, although when it came time for Barry Cooper’s dog Mayes Banjo they were “flowing nicely”.
“Lee can usually push them pretty well, but it all comes down to what the cattle are like on the day,” said Judy, before explaining how the prefix on the dog’s name usually referred to the last name of its breeder.
Open and maiden dogs were given six minutes to herd three cattle into a pen, which proved simple for some like Chelbrook Digby who easily passed into the finals.
Many competitors like Barry were fresh from the cattle dog trials State of Origin in New SouthWales, where Queensland were once again victorious.
Travelling long distances is nothing out of the ordinary for dog trainers.
Barry explained how he went to at least 20 events a year with some being as far-flung as Tully in northern Queensland, where he will be competing next weekend.
“I like travelling the big miles, you get to see a lot of places you may not otherwise go,” Cooper said.
“It is also a very easy going sport and I have made some strong friendships along the way.”
Barry is paving the way for future dog trainers, with grandson Tristen Bayntun and his friend Lee Doyle already showing great interest.
“I love dogs so I would like to get involved,” said Lee.
“Only working dogs though, I don’t like those silly things like chihuahuas.”
COP THAT: One dog nearly gets a hoof full in the cattle dog trials.