The 25th annual dog trials held at Upper Horton over the long weekend was conducted in cool and showery weather, but it did not affect the standard of trialing. Organiser of the event, Barry Madden, and his wife, Sally were taken completely by surprise on Sunday when they were presented with a silver tray in recognition of the many years of dedicated service they have given to the event.
Barry and Sally Madden were surprised when the trials were suspended for the presentation of a silver tray in recognition and appreciation of the work they do organising the dog trials.
Barry, assisted by Sally, instigated the event 25 years ago, and has continued to organise the Upper Horton Yard dog and Arena trials ever since. Competitors and family knew of the presentation, but were able to keep the secret from Barry and Sally. At the conclusion of the Sunday lunchtime events of dog high jump and auction, after family members had skillfully maneuvered the unsuspecting couple into position, Mr. Bill Kelly took the microphone.
“Barry Madden was born here, and worked as a shearer before turning to cattle breeding and establishing the Westdale Hereford Stud, and his Kelpie Stud,” Mr. Kelly said. Sally has been beside him all the time, and it is as a couple they organise these dog trials. Their family helps every year too.”
Mr. Kelly said that Sally fed 22 family members on Friday night. Dinner had to be served in three sittings.
There were record entries in the yard section, and high numbers in the arena. Because of the large entries, the trial began on Friday and finished late on Monday. Trialers came from a wide area of NSW to enjoy their sport.
The Paul Hodges Memorial trophy and the Championship Open trial was won by Alan Lambert from Armidale with his dog Ring. The Novice event was won by Joey Girristen from Upper Horton. The Maiden was won by John Rosten from Armidale and the Encourage Paivi Torrenon from ACT.
The Kelly family’s mountain wethers really tested the arena trailers with Gary Barker’s ‘Rose’ winning the Open with two good runs. Toby Lindsay from Dubbo won the Novice and Anthony Attard from Londonderry winning the encourage.
The fastest time in the yard section was won by Anthony Attard and Joey Girristen winning in the Arena section. John Rosten from Armidale won Sal’s Trophy for the most successful yard trialer. The Barraba Vet trophy was won by Joey Girristen and Ed Wall.
The Westdale Trophy for the highest combined score in the yard and arena was won by Anthony Attard from Londonderry and Paivi Torrenon winning the Tony Nebaurer trophy for the most successful encourage worker.
The dog high jump was keenly contested and enjoyed by all and it was won by Maurice Metherall’s dog Don, from Wilberforce with a jump of 7’3”, or just over 2.2 metres.
There were eight dogs entered in the dog auction, with the top price of $3,500 for a Kelpie owned by Anthony Attard.
The raffle was won by Jenny Sant from Londonderry.
There were 14 ladies competing over the weekend, which, despite the weather, was a very successful tine enjoyed by all.
“Many thank to our sponsors, as without your support, we could not operate,” organizer, Barry Madden said.