Record breaker hopes for repeat
Shane Maurer will be hoping to enjoy a repeat of last year’s record breaking success as he returns with two kelpies to the Jerilderie Working Dog Auction on Sunday.
Mr Maurer’s kelpie ‘Coopendale Charlie’ sold for $14,000 at the 2018 auction — an Australian record at the time.
This year he’s entered three year and eight month old red and tan bitch ‘Eveready Possum’ and 21⁄ year old red and tan male ‘Timberhills Ronnie’.
‘‘They’re both ready for sheep, cattle, paddock and yard work,” Mr Maurer said.
‘‘Eveready Possum has done some really good paddock work and is just a classy little bitch.
‘‘You never know how you’re going to go at any auction but they’re both capable of fetching a high price.’’
All dogs are classed into one of three categories based on training — started, well started and fully trained.
Jerilderie Working Dogs Auction coorganiser Andrew Rutherford is entering two dogs on Sunday.
‘‘Both are looking okay. ‘Mott’ is a fully trained dog and ‘Heidi’ is well started.
‘‘It’s hard to tell how the auction will go. Dog auctions tend to follow seasonal conditions and after a tough 12 months it could yield but I think you’ll still find the best dogs will make good money.
‘‘I’m looking forward to Sunday; always a good day.’’
Fellow Jerilderie breeder Colin Bryce is returning again this year with two dogs. it’s
The 35 year veteran breeder will present ‘Canawindra Buster’, a 19 month black and tanned kelpie and ‘Canawindra Toughy’, a 21 month black and tanned kelpie. He said they are similar dogs.
‘‘They’re beautifully bred, all round working dogs. They’ve had basic training and they love to work.
‘‘My dogs won’t break records but I’m not expecting them to.
‘‘You usually see dogs go at a higher price because they’ve had three to four years of station work,’’ Mr Bryce said.
He is proud of his association with Apex and its involvement with the auction.
‘‘Apex has built up the working dog auction and this year there were 80 dogs wanting to fill the spots.
‘‘I’m an Apex life member and my commitment to the auction is to enter at least one good dog.’’
Last year Mr Bryce sold his only dog ‘Canawindra Buddy’ for $7000.
He said he’s been impressed with the event and how it has grown over the past few years.
‘‘There’s been a real demand for dogs which is great for the event and town.
‘‘Last year the record broke for highest selling kelpie in Australia and that type of publicity brings more buyers and vendors.
‘‘The auction is a good venue for breeders and trainers to express the talents of their dogs and realise their true monetary value,’’ Mr Bryce said.
Jerilderie dog breeder Colin Bryce with his two kelpie’s Canawindra Toughy (right) and Canawindra Buster.
Vendor Luke Twigg is returning again this year with two dogs.