22nd year for Upper Horton dog trials

June 2, 2008

Upper Horton Sports Club Ltd. will be holding their annual dog trials on June 7, 8 and 9 at Upper Horton Recreation Ground.

"This will be our 22nd year of dog trialing, which has grown from a one day event to its present three days," organiser, Barry Madden, said.

The Horton Valley Regional Championship Yard Dog Trial will be the feature event on the weekend and carries with it the Paul Hodges Memorial Trophy.

The winner also gets to compete in the NSW 2009 Championship.

There will also be Encourage, Maiden and Novice events. The Encourage is for handlers who have yet to win a dog trial or having their first run at dog trialing.

An arena (three sheep) trial will be held in conjunction. This trial is becoming more popular each year, and it is great to watch the control that these dogs have over their sheep. There will also be Encourage, Novice, and Open events in the arena.

The popular dog high jump will be held on Sunday lunch time. Brad Hickey has won this event for the last four years and will be competing again this year.

"If you have a dog that can jump, please bring it along for the day," Barry said.

On Sunday, June 8, at lunch time, a working dog auction will be held depending on the availability of sale dogs. Dogs must have started and be under control. Anyone that has a dog to sell or is interested in buying a dog, please contact Barry Madden.

Meals and refreshments are available on the ground over the weekend and at the Sports Club at

Free camping is available on the ground, with plenty of fire wood for the cold nights.

The organising committee invites interested people to attend and enjoy some of Australia’s top handlers and their dogs compete.

"We would also like to thank our generous sponsors for their ongoing support. It is very much appreciated," Barry said.

Enquiries and entries can be directed to Barry Madden on phone/fax 6782 7296.