Trial teams named
The state teams to challenge the Victorian team of David Hines (with Tarcoola Scooter) and John Tuddenham (with Waramara Paddy) at the 2017 Supreme Australian Working Sheep Dog Championship have been named.
The event will be held at Kings Park in Seymour from October 14 to 22.
The interstate challenge will take place over three rounds, with the first round on October 19, the second round on October 20 and the final on October 22.
Queensland will be represented by Geoff Gibson with his dog Blackbrook Merri and Gary Hurtz with Hurtzys Mattie.
Joanne Flavel with Delolea Soottie and Stefan Cross with Somerville Dot will represent South Australia, while Tasmania will field Bernard McGlashan with McGlashans Crash and Michael Grant with McGlashans Minty to try and take the Ted Gaby Trophy across Bass Strait.
All the way from Western Australia, David Lacey with his dog Akoonah Lady and Grant Cooke with his dog Grassvalley Sky are hoping to take the trophy across the Nullabor.
Nine-time Supreme winner Greg Prince will head NSW’s team with his dog Princes Dodge. He will be supported by Mick Hudson with Perangery Marge.
More than 100 dogs will contest the novice championship to be held on the Saturday and Sunday, while more than 200 entries will make for hot competition in the Supreme Championship.
There are some excellent entries from across Australia.
Local farmers Brendan Kelly from Pyalong and Ross and Sarah Thomson from Glenaroua are kindly providing the considerable number of sheep required to conduct the Supreme.
There will be free entry to Kings Park for locals wishing to catch a glimpse of the action, with catering available in the Ken Hall Pavilion provided by the Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society.
Heading for Seymour: Queensland pair Geoff Gibson and Gary Hurtz will compete in the interstate challenge at the 2017 Supreme Australian Working Sheep Dog Championship, which will be held in Seymour.