Deniliquin man Brian Harrington is encouraging the community to support the return of Deniliquin’s annual sheepdog trials.By Shaun Connor
Brian Harrington is calling on local clubs to support the return of Deniliquin’s annual sheepdog trials.
The South West Riverina Championship Sheepdog Trials were traditionally held the June long weekend each year, but have not been held since 2008.
Mr Harrington, known for training sheep dogs, is aiming for the Queen’s Birthday weekend in 2014, but needs the help of a local club to make the event possible.
‘‘What we are after is a little club, like a cricket or netball club, to come in with us and look after all the catering and secretarial work,’’ Mr Harrington said.
‘‘I’ll find enough people to do all the sheep work. This is our last shot (at bringing the event back). If this doesn’t work it’ll never happen.’’
Mr Harrington said there would be a small financial gain for the involved club.
He has seen first hand how an ‘outside’ club has successfully organised sheepdog trials.
‘‘In Moulamein it’s the Anglers Club that runs things and organises the lunches and afternoon tea.
‘‘I counted 12 people in the kitchen, from elderly ladies to young ladies. It was a real family affair.
‘‘If they can do it there’s no reason why Deni can’t.’’
Mr Harrington, who is famous for his trained duck and dog shows, believes the Queen’s Birthday long weekend is the ideal time to hold the event as there is nothing else on in town.
If the event was to go ahead, it would give Deniliquin a full calendar with other events held on long weekends including the rodeo at New Year’s, the Deni Blues & Roots Festival at Easter, the Deniliquin Anzac Day Races and the Deniliquin Ute Muster for NSW Labour Day.
‘‘I’ve been working with the ducks for 25 to 30 years so I haven’t been doing many sheepdog trials. I probably get to do one each year,’’ Mr Harrington said.
‘‘Everyone (in the industry) is always on my back about holding trials in Deni. They want to come here.
‘‘Deniliquin has a lot to offer and the showgrounds (at Memorial Park) are some of the best I’ve seen.
‘‘The river flats and those two ovals are a pretty sight.’’
Mr Harrington said an arts and crafts show would be held in conjunction with the sheepdog trials and would include activities like quilting, wood turning and glass making.
‘‘All the ladies with their arts and crafts are ready to go, and I’ve had great feedback from the council and the Deni Rovers about using the amenities.
‘‘All we need is a local club to help us out.’’
Any clubs or individuals interested in being involved with the sheepdog trials or the arts and crafts show are encouraged to call Brian Harrington on 5881
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