Yard dog trials at Upper Horton

June 4, 2009

The Upper Horton Sports Club will be holding their annual dog trials on the long weekend, June 6, 7,and 8, 2009 at the Upper Horton Sports Ground.This will be the 23rd year of dog trialing.  It has grown from a one day event to the present three days and this year is shaping up to be the biggest yet.

The Horton Valley Regional Championship Yard Trial will be the feature event and carries with it the Paul Hodges Memorial Trophy.The winner will get to compete in the NSW Championship for 2009.There will also be Novice, Maiden and Encouragement events.  The Encouragement Trial is for competitors who have never won a trial or are having their first trial. 

More and more ladies are starting to trial and are doing well. An Arena trial (3 sheep) will be run in conjunction with the yard trials and it too is gaining in numbers each year.  It is great to watch the control the dogs have over the sheep.  There will also be Novice, Maiden and Encouragement events in the arena trial.

On Sunday, June 7, the ever popular dog high jump will be held.  Brad Hickey has retired his dog after winning the trophy for the last five years so the event is wide open to all comers.

Also, on Sunday, a dog auction will be held around lunchtime, depending on the availability of dogs for sale.  There will be a demonstration of the dogs working sheep and cattle prior to the auction.  The auction dogs must have started work and be under control.  Anyone wishing to buy or sell a dog, please contact Barry Madden.

Meals and refreshments will be available on the ground and at the Sports Club at night.  Free camping is available on the ground which has excellent facilities.  Also plenty of firewood for the camp fires.

The organising committee invites all interested people to attend to watch some of Australia’s top handlers and their dogs compete.Thank you to all our sponsors for their ongoing support.

Entries and enquiries to:
Barry Madden
phone/fax (02) 6782 7296.