The 32nd Annual Horton Valley Championship dog trial was held on the June long weekend with four days of excellent dog trialling and good entries.
Considering the very dry weather special mention must go to the people who supplied the sheep for the trial, as without their help we could not have held the trial. They are Bill and Thelma Kelly, Snow Kelly and family, and Tony Overton and Euro Pambela Grazing Co. It was much appreciated.
- The major event was the Paul Hodges Memorial Championship Open Yard Trial, which was won by Les Everleigh from Neilrex who scored 197 from 200 points.
- The Novice was won by Mandy Carlon from Coonamble.
- The Maiden was won by John Rosten from Armidale, with the Encourage event to Neil Croxton from Scone.
- There was a tie for first place in the open area trial going to Hughie Mitchell from Kootingal and Rob Pemment from Scone.
- The Novice went to Les Everleigh and the Encourage to Tony Overton from Walcha.
- There were only four dogs in the dog sale, with two selling with the top price of $1,250.
- The dog high jump was keenly contested and enjoyed by all. There were three dogs that jumped 8’, but Jim Marshall’s ‘Fred’ jumped 8’4” to win the trophy.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the trial and successful and enjoyable weekend, and to the sponsors who helped as they do every year,” organizer, Barry Madden said. Good weather made for some very good trialing, with the competitors rating it as the best trial in the circuit and are coming back next year.