Cat­tle prove sticky at Mt Perry tri­als

Strong friend­ships formed on the long road to cat­tle dog tri­als

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT -

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.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

COP THAT: One dog nearly gets a hoof full in the cat­tle dog tri­als.

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