Han­dler cleans up tri­als

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - The Mulberry Project -

CEN­TRAL NSW dog tri­aller Mick Hud­son dom­i­nated the Ex­elpet Sheep Dog Trial at this year’s Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days.

Mick, of Eu­mun­gerie, and his NSW rep­re­sen­ta­tive bitch Perangery Marge, won the three sheep trial cham­pi­onship on 262 points and also took sec­ond plac­ing with Meg, and sev­enth with Richie’s Finn.

In a record field of 120 en­tries, lit­tle sep­a­rated the top seven with West Aus­tralian tri­aller Dave Lacey, with Devil, and Tony El­liott in fourth with Scud­dly.

The trial was run in con­junc­tion with the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days on Septem­ber 19–21 un­der the guid­ance of Victorian judge Greg Camp­bell.

Mr Hud­son runs goats and cat­tle at Co­bar and 3000 white and black dor­per ewes at Eu­mun­gerie.

“I muster 12,000 feral goats with th­ese dogs off the Na­tional Park,” he said.

“We mainly breed dogs for our­selves. We had the best dogs in the na­tion at Henty with rep­re­sen­ta­tive dogs from Western Aus­tralia and Queens­land among the com­peti­tors.”

The Henty vic­tory fol­lowed a re­cent win at Trun­dle Open Three Sheep Trial and NSW Se­lec­tion Trial for three-year-old Marge.

Mr Hud­son said the dog showed su­pe­rior foot­work, strength, clean­ness, cov­er­ing and block­ing abil­i­ties without be­ing ag­gres­sive.

He said Henty was a noted trial with good prize­money.

“It’s a trial I haven’t won pre­vi­ously and I’m grate­ful to have won it,” Mr Hud­son said.

“The sheep here are gen­er­ally tough but I tried to pre­pare my dogs for that.

“I was for­tu­nate to get first and sec­ond with two bitches who have con­sis­tently per­formed.”

Mr Hud­son runs dog han­dling schools at his Eu­mun­gerie prop­erty.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PER­FECT PAIR: Mick Hud­son, of Eu­mun­gerie, and Perangery Marge won the Ex­elpet Three Sheep Trial at the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days.

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