DOGS GET THE SHOW JUMP
THE Etheridge Show and Turnout is on in the tiny Gulf Country town of Forsayth today.
One of the features of the show apart from the greasy pig race is the working dog jumping competition.
Out here in cattle country it’s important that a dog be able to jump up on to the back of ute piled high with hay, saddles, a quad bike or two and the boss’s fencing repair gear.
A dog or a “turner” that can’t jump can be a liability when the whips are cracking and speed is an absolute necessity. The boss does not take kindly to having to take time out to lift ol’ Rover up on to the back of the ute ( they call them “turners” at Forsayth because their sole role in life is to turn cattle).
Last year Aaron Gallagher and Kara Saunders’ four year old Collie- Kelpie cross, Bilgus, won the jumping competition. Aaron with little son Victor were back putting him through his paces yesterday. Psssst. Here’s a bit of inside oil for the punters. A rogue cow charged Bilgus last week and hurt one of his legs. He has been a bit tender, but Aaron reckoned he was making good progress. We’ll see how he goes today. As well as the Dog Jump there is the Bungee Pull, Dingo Derby ( dog race), Catch the Chooks, or in the this case Catch the Guinea Fowl. “We couldn’t get any chooks, but Hooter Young has lent us some guinea fowl. I’d like to see any bastard catch them,” said show president Simon Terry. There are foot races, a kick a goal competition, and three legged races.
TOP TURNER: Aaron Gallagher with son Victor, 15 months, train Bilgus for this weekend’s dog jump.