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