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Show Society unable to host sheepdog trials

The South West Riverina Sheepdog Trial Championships have been cancelled.

TYLA HARRINGTON February 14, 2014 4:49am

The Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Show Society has withdrawn from hosting the South West Riverina Sheepdog Trial Championships, which were expected to be held in Deniliquin in June.

Brian Harrington, known for training sheepdogs, called on local clubs to support the return of Deniliquin’s annual sheepdog trials in October, 2013.

In December last year it was announced the society would take on the event.

Since the withdrawal Mr Harrington has again been calling on groups to support the sheepdog trials’ return. He said with a club’s support it could be held in August.

‘‘If it doesn’t happen in Deniliquin I’ll take it out to Conargo,’’ Mr Harrington said.

He expects the annual attraction, which was cancelled in 2009, could attract people from up to 600km away.

P&A Society president Simon Watson said it was unfortunate but unavoidable that the committee had to withdraw from the event.

He said aside from a Deniliquin Rovers home game being scheduled on the same weekend, the event organisation was proving to be too much for the committee.

‘‘It was a committee decision to withdraw from the sheepdog trials because it would simply be too challenging,’’ Mr Watson said.

‘‘We have low membership and the June long weekend is just too soon after the Deniliquin Show for us to organise anything properly.

‘‘I have also personally been unwell and I believe the committee will need a well-earned break after this year’s show.

‘‘With the football on the same weekend there was a thought we could move the date of the sheepdog trials, but another date was unsuitable for all involved.’’

Mr Watson said having to withdraw from the event was regrettable, but said he had hoped the event would eventually return.

‘‘I hope someone else can assist in the running of the event – whether it’s this year or next,’’ he said.

Mr Harrington won’t return to Deniliquin until next week, however any clubs or individuals interested in being involved with the sheepdog trials are encouraged to call him next week on 58813549.

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