Eugowra is hosting the NSW Utility Dog Championships again this year, with competition starting this morning, Friday, May 5 at the showgrounds.
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The dogs will work throughout the weekend, starting with nursery and novice classes and culminating in the open championships on Sunday.
There are 102 entries from all over New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
All are welcome to attend and watch the dogs and their handlers work in the yards throughout the weekend.
The highlight of the dog trials is expected to be on Sunday afternoon when the finals of the open are contested.
Last year’s winner Greg Walton will be competing again this year along with last year’s national champion Gary White and this year’s national champion Adam James.
Friday will see the nursery classes of competition, for those who have not won a trial.
The Novice section will start on Friday afternoon and continue Saturday with a 7.30am start. The Novice section will be judged by Matt Whitley of Wagga Wagga.
The Open Championship will commence 7.30am Sunday, being judged by Larry Wallace from Dalgety.
The committee would like to thank all the sponsors for their support, the local support makes it possible to run this event in Eugowra.
A special thank you to the Pengilly family for supplying the sheep for the three days, including their truck for the transport of the sheep.
For further information contact Kevin Howell, Gary Pearsall or Noel Hocking.
Kevin Howell and Greg Walton will be conducting a dog training weekend on June 24 and 25 with all proceeds going to beyond blue to raise awareness for mental health.
This is part of a nation-wide fundraising effort by yard dog trainers.
The Eugowra workshop is booked out and no wonder – Mr Howell has been named NSW Yard Dog handler of the year for the third year running, and his dog Karana Abba was named NSW Yard Dog of the Year for 2016-2017.
If anyone would like to help in any way please contact Kevin Howell on 68592311.
Last weekend Eugowra held its annual murals weekend giving anyone who attends this weekend’s sheep dog trials an opportunity to admire the latest murals that have been added to the town’s mural collection. The murals adorn the sides of many businesses in the town.
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