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Deniliquin sheepdog trials to return

The Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Society has offered to run the sheepdog trials so it can be added to the local calendar of events again.

TYLA HARRINGTON December 6, 2013 4:23am

The South West Riverina Sheepdog Trial Championships will return to Deniliquin in June.

The Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Society will host the event, which was an annual attraction before prolonged drought forced its cancellation in 2009.

Brian Harrington, known for training sheepdogs, called on local clubs to support the return of Deniliquin’s annual sheepdog trials in October.

Pastoral & Agricultural Society president Simon Watson said the show society approached Mr Harrington after he read the story in the Pastoral Times.

Next year’s trials will be held at Memorial Park, Deniliquin, across four days from June 6 to 9.

Mr Watson said the society was pleased to take on the event.

‘‘The P&A Society used to run it years ago,’’ Mr Watson said.

‘‘It was a popular event and will probably bring between 50 to 60 competitors to town.’’

Categories of the sheepdog trials will include the South West Riverina Open Championship, an improvers trial and the South West Riverina Novice Trial.

Mr Harrington said people were already getting excited for the recently announced event, which is expected to cost between $10 to $12 to enter.

He said border collie breeds were mostly used in the trials, with a ‘‘few’’ kelpies as well.

‘‘It’s always a popular event. Why? Because there’s no other trial like it in Australia,’’ Mr Harrington said.

‘‘Deni has always been a popular place for it ... Deniliquin has the number one trial grounds in the country — the two grounds (both Memorial Park ovals).

‘‘It’s something for Deniliquin again, there’s nothing else on that weekend.

‘‘People get 15 minutes each for their run, then we will pick the top score and have the final on the last day.’’

Mr Harrington also hopes to include the frail aged, such as the residents at Southern Cross Orana Apartments, by inviting them to watch the trials.

An arts and crafts show is also being held in conjunction with the event, and the pavilion will be open.

Mr Harrington expects the event will attract people from up to 600km away.

Registrations for the event will be released in the near future.

The sheepdog trials’ return means there will be an event every long weekend in Deniliquin next year.

~ Tyla Harrington

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