Top dogs go on trial at Upper Horton

May 20, 2014

Upper Horton Sports Club will be conducting their 28th Annual Dog Trial from June 6 to 9. This trial is growing in popularity each year. The dog trials began 28 years ago as a one day event, and since then, the competition has grown to the present four days, starting with the Encourage arena event at lunch time on Friday, June 6.

Early entries and enquiries are strong, with several new competitors coming, as well as the regular trainers.

Competitors come from most parts of NSW and southern Queensland.

The feature event is the NSW Regional yard dog Championship Trial, with the winner eligible to compete. They also win the Paul Hodges Memorial Trophy.

The winner of the recent NSW Championship trial 2014 was won by Justin Tombs who also won the New England championship at Armidale with the same dog. Justin and his dog will be competing at Upper Horton.

The Yard trial section will have Encourage, Maiden, Novice and Open events. The Arena section will have Encourage, Novice and Open events.

The dog high jump will again be held at lunchtime, Sunday, June 8.

This is a very popular event and is enjoyed by all. If you have a dog that can jump, please bring him along.

The dog auction will also be held on Sunday June 8, with the demonstration of working dogs at approximately 11.30. Dogs have to be working and under control.

Anyone who has a dog for sale or wishes to buy one is asked to please contact Barry Madden.

With some of Australia’s top handlers and their dogs competing it should be a great weekend.

Meals and refreshments will be available each day, plus great meals at the Upper Horton Sports Club at night.

There will be plenty of firewood for the campfires and free camping on the sports ground.

Sponsorship for the event has again been generous, and greatly appreciated by organisers.

For all enquiries about the Horton Valley Championship Dog Trials, please contact Barry Madden on 6782 7296.