Cattle dog trials will return
Competitors from across the country gathered at Forge’s Farm on Saturday More than 170 stallholders already booked in for Oxley
EVERY dog has its day and Saturday was an action packed day for many keen working dogs.
Forge’s Farm cattle dog trial kicked off early in the morning last Saturday to allow a large number of entrants to participate in more than 70 runs.
People from far and wide flocked to Forge’s Farm on Wangaratta Whitfield Road in Oxley to compete in the familyfriendly event, including Queenslander contract musterers and South Australian farm managers.
Each competitor had six minutes to navigate the three head of cattle around the obstacles assigned for each event with their working dog.
Cattle were ushered into and out of the arena by people on horseback to ensure the event ran smoothly, with more than 200 weaner cattle bred on the farm used.
Money, dog food and dog collars were among the prizes awarded to the most talented in each category.
Lawson Gulliver took out the top spot in the encouragement category with his dog Jen and first place in the novice category with working dog Pip.
Roland Pell and his pooch Hitch won the open category, while Wayne Woods and his pups Chase and Jay earned first place in the two dog challenge.
Competition organiser Ellen Forge said they were already planning to run another cattle dog trial in December following the success of the event.
“We had a fantastic weekend with stellar weather, well behaved cattle and a high calibre of working dogs,” she said.
“We plan on running another one of these cattle dog trials in December with the opportunity to use our arena under lights when the days are too warm for the stock and dogs to be working.
“The competitors are keen to come back and are waiting for an exact date to be made.”
THE 38th Annual Oxley Bush Market, to be held on Saturday, November 4, has again been well supported by stallholders from across Victoria and southern NSW, with 170 sites already booked.
Held at the historic Oxley Shire Hall, the market has become a firm fixture on the calendar for North East residents and visitors alike since 1980, and 2017 will again see an enormous range of homemade, home-grown, homeproduced and new items at great prices.
Oxley Hall Committee secretary, Janet Heath, said the committee was once again buoyed by the number of applications.
“It never ceases to amaze us the number of stallholders applying to attend,” she said.
“And, as has become the norm, we again have a significant number of new vendors, so visitors will find something different and unique at every turn.
As well as the merchan- dise stalls, there will also be a wide variety of gourmet food, toe-tapping music and entertainment for the kids.
“And the Anglican College jazz bands performing at the Oxley Memorial Park will be a further attraction for visitors,” Mrs Heath said.
The market runs from 9am to 3pm.
It is a ‘Waste Wise’ event, and entry is free.
No dogs are allowed (guide dogs excepted) and smoking is discouraged within the hall grounds due to the crush of visitors.
Further enquiries can be made by email oxleyhall@ gmail.com.au or by phoning 0437 243583.
MAN’S BEST FRIEND: Lawson Gulliver and working dog, Pip, took out first place in the novice trials.
OXLEY MARKET ASSURED OF SUCCESS: The 38th Annual Oxley Bush Market on Saturday, November 4 is again assured of success, with 170 sites already booked.