The 22nd Horton Valley Championships yard dog trial and arena trial was held on the weekend in beautiful weather, with competitors coming from a wide area of NSW and southern Queensland.
The standard of trialing was excellent with good sheep supplied by Cobbraball, thanks to Bill and Thelma Kelly, who supplied about 1600 sheep for the weekend.
The winner of the major event, the Horton Valley Yard Dog Trial, was won by John Rosten from Armidale with an excellent score of 195 points, from a possible 200.
Andrew Fittler from Armidale won both the Novice and Maiden events and Dave Matthews from Wollbrook won the Encourage.
There was top trialing in the arena events with Dan Bougore from Stanthrope Queensland placed first, second and third in the open event. Maree Moran was winner of the Novice.
There were 32 entries in the encourage trial which was won by Tony Brooks from Uralla. Tony also won the Westdale trophy for the highest score in yard and arena.
John Rosten and Andrew Fittler from Armidale shared Sal’s trophy for the most successful competitor in the yard section.
The Barraba Vet trophy was won by Jamie O’Dell who also won the Tony Nebaurer trophy for the most number of points over the trial.
The dog high jump was very competitive with Jim Marshall from Scone and Brad Hickey from Tamworth sharing the win, with their dogs clearing 6’9”. Brad’s dog ‘Zac’ has now won the high jump five years in a row, and has now been retired.
There were four dogs in the auction, with a top price of $580.
The raffle was won by Jacki Spence.
“Thanks to all of the people who helped to make the weekend an enjoyable event, with a special thanks to our sponsors,” event organiser, Barry Madden said. “Their sponsorship is greatly appreciated.”