Top dogs in tus­sle for ti­tle

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

SOME of Tas­ma­nia’s best work­ing dogs will show their skills at the Tas­ma­nian Yard Dog As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual state cham­pi­onships next week.

The cham­pi­onship event will be held on De­cem­ber 2 at the Roberts sa­le­yards at Powranna, with Luke Twigg from the Vic­to­rian Util­ity Farm Dog As­so­ci­a­tion the judge.

Ac­tion will start at 7.30am and run un­til about 5pm.

In yard-dog tri­als a dog and its han­dler work as a team to ne­go­ti­ate sheep through a chal­leng­ing course, which tests ALL ABOUT THE SKILLS: Yard-dog tri­als test both dogs and han­dlers. the skill and knowl­edge of both. Each com­peti­tor en­ters the arena with the max­i­mum 100 points with the judge de­duct­ing points over the du­ra­tion of the course. The time limit is 12 min­utes.

The judge spec­i­fies to com­peti­tors how they ex­pect the ob­sta­cles to be un­der­take, nor­mally with min­i­mal fuss to the stock mean­ing min­i­mal points to be de­ducted.

The cham­pi­onships are di­vided up into three classes, novice, im­prover and open.

Top scor­ers in each class en­ter a fi­nals run-off, in which the first score is com­bined with the run-off score to de­ter­mine the over­all re­sults.

Around 10 yard dog tri­als are held each year at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Tas­ma­nia from farm tri­als to var­i­ous coun­try shows or events.

Along with the pres­tige of the ti­tle, the dog and han­dler also get to rep­re­sent Tas­ma­nia in the an­nual na­tional ti­tles.

The open cham­pion and the open run­ner-up are the state rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the year. Next year the event will be held on a re­mote work­ing sta­tion in West­ern Aus­tralia.

Spec­ta­tors are wel­come to the Powranna event with a bar­be­cue lunch avail­able for a small fee.

For more de­tails about the Tas­ma­nian Yard Dog As­so­ci­a­tion search for its Face­book page, call pres­i­dent Tim Hall on 0417 162 719 or send email to val­leykelpies @gmail.com.

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