Working dogs and their handlers turned out in force at Upper Horton on the long weekend for the annual Horton Championship Yard and Arena Trials.
The weather was ideal, and with strong entries and the standard of the dogs very high, the trial was enjoyed by all who attended. Competitors came from most areas of the state and southern Queensland.
The feature event of the trial was the regional yard dog championship and after a run-off it was won by Kevin Howell from Eugowra. This win allows Kevin to compete in NSW Championship in 2015.
This event was won by John Rosten from Armidale. The Novice trial was won by Chad Burling from Guyra, and the Encouragement was won by Greg Thomas.
Nick and Tracey Kelly’s mountain wethers really tested the arena trialers and it was good to watch the battle between dog and sheep. Some of Australia’s top handlers competed and enjoyed the contest. The Open was won by Greg Prince from Dubbo and the Novice was also won by Greg. The Encouragement was won by Tony Overton from Walcha.
Sal’s Memorial trophy for the most number of points over the yard trial was won for the 13th time by John Rosten from Armidale. The Westdale trophy for the highest combined score in yard and arena was won by Greg Prince from Dubbo, and the vet trophy for the highest local score was won by Adam Cabot from Barraba.
The Tony Nebaurer Trophy for the most successful encouragement worker was won by Chad Burling from Guyra.
The dog high jump was keenly contested, with the dogs being cheered on by a large gathering of children. This event was divided by Peter Hogan from Glen Innes and Bev Green from Bingara with their dogs jumping 6.10.
There were ll dogs in the dog auction with a disappointing clearance. Several of the dogs were young and just started. Most of the interested buyers wanted older, well started workers.
The raffle was won by Jeremy Twaddell.
After great meals at the Sports Club at night, there were many campfires and parties around the Recreation ground.
Our sponsorship was great again this year, and was commented on favourable by all competitors. The club committee sincerely thank all who sponsored the event.