DogPro Plus Supreme Aus­tralian Cham­pion

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

85 of Aus­tralia’s best han­dlers, 351 sheep­dogs and 800 sheep will be con­gre­gat­ing at the Hawkes­bury Show­ground from the 8th to 14th Oc­to­ber to com­pete for the ti­tle of DogPro Plus Supreme Aus­tralian Cham­pion. Sheep­dog tri­als test, dis­play and pub­li­cise the tasks work­ing dogs carry out on sta­tions, farms and on the road while drov­ing.

Each Han­dler and dog team will be work­ing 3 sheep around a marked course, through gates, over a bridge and into a pen. The ob­sta­cles are de­signed to test the strengths and weak­nesses of the dog and sheep of­ten do not take kindly to be­ing forced through them.

Each Team starts with 100 points. Points are lost each time the sheep leave a marked cor­ri­dor around the course and for ob­sta­cles not com­pleted. The only prob­lem is that the sheep don’t know the course. Han­dler and must dog work to­gether to show them the way and they only have 15 min­utes to do it. Com­peti­tors are made up of men and women, young and old, farm­ers and city folk. There are even 15 com­peti­tors from the Hawkes­bury area.

As well as the Cham­pi­onship, the Aus­tralian Team will be try­ing their hard­est to beat the New Zealand team to win the cov­eted Way­leggo Cup and each state will be com­pet­ing against each other to win the Ted Gaby Shield.

There will be live com­men­tary ev­ery day at

10am and 2pm, food and drink. Spec­ta­tors are wel­come and En­try is FREE.

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