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

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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@ 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.

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