Farm set for cat­tle dog tri­als

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Rural Roundup - BY SA­MAN­THA DICK

IT’S not too late to se­cure your en­try in Forge’s Farm’s cat­tle dog trial this week­end, but you’ll need to get in quick.

Com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Ellen Forge en­cour­aged lo­cal cat­tle dog own­ers to sub­mit a late en­try and round up some spec­ta­tors to at­tend the fam­ily-friendly event.

“This is Forge’s Farm’s first cat­tle dog trial,” she ex­plained.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is get­ting more and more pop­u­lar and we thought it’d be a good op­por­tu­nity to bring people to the area to com­pete with their work­ing dogs.”

Ms Forge said com­peti­tors must use their work­ing dog to herd three head of cat­tle around a spe­cial ob­sta­cle course.

She said the com­pe­ti­tion would be di­vided into four cat­e­gories; en­cour­age­ment, novice, open, and a two dog chal­lenge, based on the work­ing dog’s ex­pe­ri­ence and abil­ity.

“Any­one is en­cour­aged to en­ter, pro­vid­ing their dog is able to work cat­tle,” she said.

En­trants must be a mem­ber of Vic­to­rian Cat­tle Dog Trial As­so­ci­a­tion and the en­try fee is $25.

The com­pe­ti­tion will take place next week­end at 7.30am on September 23 and 24 at Forge’s Farm on Wan­garatta-Whit­field Road, Ox­ley.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ellen Forge on 0439 113 367.

IN THE SAD­DLE: Forge’s Farm co-owner Anne-Ma­ree Forge (pic­tured) and work­ing dog, Tex, sur­veyed the arena that will be used at the up­com­ing cat­tle dog tri­als this week­end.

sdick@ ne­me­dia.com.au

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