Top dogs in tussle for title
SOME of Tasmania’s best working dogs will show their skills at the Tasmanian Yard Dog Association’s annual state championships next week.
The championship event will be held on December 2 at the Roberts saleyards at Powranna, with Luke Twigg from the Victorian Utility Farm Dog Association the judge.
Action will start at 7.30am and run until about 5pm.
In yard-dog trials a dog and its handler work as a team to negotiate sheep through a challenging course, which tests ALL ABOUT THE SKILLS: Yard-dog trials test both dogs and handlers. the skill and knowledge of both. Each competitor enters the arena with the maximum 100 points with the judge deducting points over the duration of the course. The time limit is 12 minutes.
The judge specifies to competitors how they expect the obstacles to be undertake, normally with minimal fuss to the stock meaning minimal points to be deducted.
The championships are divided up into three classes, novice, improver and open.
Top scorers in each class enter a finals run-off, in which the first score is combined with the run-off score to determine the overall results.
Around 10 yard dog trials are held each year at various locations around Tasmania from farm trials to various country shows or events.
Along with the prestige of the title, the dog and handler also get to represent Tasmania in the annual national titles.
The open champion and the open runner-up are the state representatives for the year. Next year the event will be held on a remote working station in Western Australia.
Spectators are welcome to the Powranna event with a barbecue lunch available for a small fee.
For more details about the Tasmanian Yard Dog Association search for its Facebook page, call president Tim Hall on 0417 162 719 or send email to valleykelpies @gmail.com.