Record breaker hopes for re­peat

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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.

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