Dogs put in a fine performance at Horton Championships

June 20, 2007

The 21st Upper Horton Championship Yard Dog Trial and Arena Trial held over the long weekend started with a very wet ground on the first morning, but improved as the weekend progressed.
 
Entries were similar to past years, with competitors from the north and north west, the Hunter and coastal areas.
 
The standard of trialing was very high, with good sheep supplied by Cobbraball Pastoral Company. Many thanks to Bill and Thelma Kelly for their effort.
 
The winner of the major event on the weekend was the Horton Valley Yard Dog Championship and with it, the Paul Hodges Memorial trophy.

 
 
This was won by Justin Tombs from Armidale, with his dog “Jazz”. Justin is the current NSW yard dog champion, having won the title at Mungindi the previous weekend.
 
Jim Marshall from Scone with his dog “Mick” won the novice event. John Rosten won the maiden trial and Maree Moran from Wollomombi won the Encourage trial. The open Arena trial was won by Errol Brettschnider from Grafton, with “Bart” and also the Novice with “Blade”.
 
There were 23 Encourage arena workers and this was won by Robert Hollis from Woolbrook with his dog, “Dodge” taking just four minutes, 46 seconds of the 12 minutes time limit, which could be a record time for an Arena trial.
 
John Rosten won Sal’s Trophy for the most successful competitor in the yard section and Andrew Fittler winning the Westdale Trophy for the highest combined in yard and arena.
 
The Vet trophy for the highest local score was won by Jamie O’Dell from Upper Horton. The Tony Nabuarer trophy for the most successful Encourage worker was won by Maree Moran.
 
The dog high jump was very competitive with 17 entries. Brad Hickey from Manilla with his dog “Zac” won for the fourth year in a row, with a leap of 7’3”.
 
The fastest time in the arena was won by Rob Hollis with Amanda McFarland winning the yard section. This trophy was for the Keith Elton Memorial.
 
There were 10 dogs offered in the dog auction with five selling for a top of $650.
 
There was a good crowd of people to enjoy all events on the weekend.
The raffle for an esky was won by Rod Cleaver from Barraba, and the basket of goods was by Anne Kelly.
 
Organisers paid tribute to all the people who helped in a variety of ways to make the weekend an enjoyable one. “A special thanks to all our loyal sponsors who always help us out, even when times are tough,” event organiser, Barry Madden said.