Ca­nine high jump thrills

Com­pet­i­tive dogs go to great heights

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

DOG JUMP­ING: The com­pet­i­tive cat­tle dog jump proved a pop­u­lar event at the Gayn­dah Show as it kept crowds en­ter­tained be­tween the day­time and even­ing events.

Scores of peo­ple cir­cled around a ute which had been set up for the event where dogs would leap higher as more planks of wood were added.

Gayn­dah Show Ru­ral Ambassador Kerry Good­win was in­volved with the dog jump that had the crowds laugh­ing and in awe of what the cat­tle dogs were able to achieve.

“This is the third time I have en­tered my dog Ally into the com­pe­ti­tion and it was a great at­mos­phere with ev­ery­one com­ing in from the bars to watch us,” Good­win said.

“That helped make for some great en­ter­tain­ment for ev­ery­one.

“We also had more dogs en­tered this year than we did pre­vi­ously so it seems to be grow­ing which is re­ally good.”

Good­win has been in Gayn­dah for five years and en­tered her cat­tle dog into the show ev­ery year.

“It’s a free en­try so any­one can jump in, even if you don’t have a work­ing dog you can en­ter, if you have a dog that can jump that is,” Good­win said.

“And it is a great crowd pleaser and ev­ery­one in­volved en­joys be­ing able to give their dog a good day out.”

Good­win said much of what the dogs did in the com­pe­ti­tion was some­thing they were used to from the farms.

“When you are mus­ter­ing you need them to be able to jump up into the ute in­stead of pick­ing them up ev­ery time,” Good­win said.

UP AND OVER: Some dogs made the jumps looks easy. PHO­TOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

Cel­e­brat­ing the clear­ing of a very large height.

Matthew Dent en­tered the dog jump with some mixed results.

The height is raised one wood plank at a time.

Clear­ing the planks was im­pres­sive.

Start­ing small with only a cou­ple of planks.

The dogs were clear­ing things eas­ily in the early stages.

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