|Dogs, sheep and weather all in fine form ()
Upper Horton Sports Club held its 26th Annual Dog Trials on the June long weekend in fine weather which was appreciated by everyone. Entries were very good, from most areas of NSW and Southern Queensland, and had to start on Friday June 8 to fit them all in.
The Paul Hodges Memorial Championship Yard Dog Trial was won by Jim Marshall from Scone with his dog Mick. Paul Addis from Moree won the Novice, Don Mayled of Guyra winning the Maiden with Holly and Ken Robinson from Quirindi winning the Encourage Award. Ken also won Sal’s trophy for the highest number of points over the Trial.
The Arena Trial was well contested, with the Kelly family’s mountain wethers really testing the dogs. The Open was divided by Bill Davidson from Tamworth and Gary Barker from Matheson. The Novice was won by Jenny Cox of Manildra. Jenny also won the Westdale trophy for the highest number of points in yard arena. Stacey Moran from Armidale won the Encourage Trial, also winning the Tony Nebaurer trophy for the Encourage Worker with the highest number of points over the trial.
The Dog High Jump was great to watch and drew a large crowd.
There were six dogs in the auction with the top price of $1450.00 being paid. The Vet trophy went to Ed Wall from Boggabri. The Triallers rated the weekend as a top trial and appreciated the hospitality of Upper Horton. “We could not run a trial without the support of our sponsors and we thank them,” event organiser, Barry Madden said.