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Seymour Working Sheep Dog Trials overcomes an early hitch.

CHALPAT SONTI April 3, 2014 4:53am

A job well done - Paul O'Kane shuts the gate after O'Kane's Charles Dickens has got the sheep into the holding pen.


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A late change of venue caused a few headaches but otherwise the Seymour Working Sheep Dog Trials could only be classed a success.

The 49th running of the event had to be moved to the back oval at Kings Park after the committee of management told the trials committee just before the event was due to begin on Thursday it could not use the main oval due to rain. The oval had been sowed with rye grass.

That late decision caused the trials to run about three hours behind — which flowed through the next couple of days — but they found the back oval to be a more than suitable venue in any case. A letter to the editor about the matter is published in this week’s Telegraph.

There were about 120 dogs entered from throughout Victoria and NSW, with the sheep supplied by David Freeman from Kulaba and transported by Doug Smith.

‘‘We had a lot more entries this year than last year, which fell in the Easter break,’’ Seymour Working Sheep Dog Trials Association president Phil McLean said.

‘‘The sheep can be very hard to find too, so we are most appreciative that David supplied them.’’

The event has many sponsors, who were detailed in a recent edition of the Telegraph, and along with the 50th running of this event in 2015, they could have something even bigger to support in a few years.

Association secretary Diann Schrapel said the annual Supreme (Australasian) championship was due to be held in Victoria in 2017. While it wouldn’t coincide with the popular trans-Tasman challenge, it would still be a big event and Seymour was a possibility to host it. A decision on the venue should be made in the next couple of years.WINNERS

Novice: Brian Harrington (Deniliquin, with dog El’Shamah Sweeny).

Encourage and Farmers: Peter Bromley (Murchison, Gypsy).

Improvers: Colin Reid (Glenrowan, El’Shamah Minute).

Open: Davina Campbell (Sutherlands Creek, Glamorgan Peter).

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