Work­ing to­ward goal

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. . . Joy Wil­liams’ eight-year-old bor­der col­lie dog, Black­brook Dono­van, tries to head-off the flock at the Rochester Work­ing Sheep­dog Tri­als on Fri­day. Ms Wil­liams, who has been tri­alling for about 10 years, brought six dogs with her from Queens­land for the three-day event, although only three are at a com­pet­i­tive level. She is one of a grow­ing num­ber of women who en­joy tri­alling their dogs.

Ex­pe­ri­enced dog tri­aller Jim Dodge from Ross Creek, near Bal­larat, took out first place in the DogPro Rochester Work­ing Sheep Dog Tri­als which wrapped up at the week­end.

He took his dog Pa­ton’s Cooper through the ob­sta­cles in fine form, shut­ting the fi­nal gate on a first round score of 86 and a se­cond round of 92.

Se­cond placed was Ge­off Gib­son from Queens­land with his dog, Gib­son’s Linc.

There were about 130 en­tries in this year’s Rochester event, run for the third time over three days and fin­ish­ing on Sun­day.

Co-or­di­na­tor Des Church said the weather held well for the first two days but clouded over on Sun­day and a wind sprang up.

He was pleased with the stan­dard of en­tries and also with the crowd which turned out to watch the own­ers and their dogs put the sheep through four ob­sta­cles at Rochester Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

Win­ner of the Im­prover sec­tion was Jeff Gib­son with Gib­son Toy, record­ing a first round of 80 and a se­cond round of 64.

Novice win­ner was Barry Pa­ton from Koroit with Talens Sun­shine, record­ing 84 and 79 points.

Farm­ers sec­tion win­ner was Brad Clark from NSW with Rose­neath Banjo. ■ The next Work­ing Sheep Dog Tri­als will be held at Nathalia on Oc­to­ber 5 and 6.

Fo­cus . . . Bill Pa­ton and Rom­ley Queen care­fully move the flock to­wards the pen.

Away like a flash . . . Peter Hot­ton’s dog Avon­glenn Broc sets off af­ter the sheep at a crack­ing pace in the Im­provers-Open sec­tion.

From afar . . . Joy Wil­liams, who has been tri­alling for about 10 years, brought six dogs with her from Queens­land. She is pic­tured with her eight-year-old bor­der col­lie, Black­brook Dono­van.

Keen in­ter­est . . . Re­tired farm­ers Ken and Beryl Ba­con were among the crowd watch­ing the sheep­dog tri­als at Rochester on Fri­day. The two are res­i­dents of Bupa Aged Care.

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