Man's best friend on show at Morongla Sheep Dog Trials

Brett Smith of Cowra working his dog at last years dog trials.
Brett Smith of Cowra working his dog at last years dog trials.

It's that time of year again - time to decide who will be top dog at the 20th Annual Sheep Dog Trials at Morongla Showground.

More than 200 canines will compete in various divisions throughout the four day event, which runs from Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 18.

Competition will kick off at 7am while the finals on Sunday will most likely run from the late morning into the afternoon.

Secretary David Langfield said 50 competitors will be coming from across NSW, Victoria, Queensland and even one from the Northern Territory.

"The judge is Colin Cosh from Western Australia," Mr Langfield said.

"Competitors include Bill Davidson, current NSW Champion from Hallsville, Mick Hudson from Eumungerie, current Australian Supreme Champion and Laurie Slater of Murrumbateman, last year's Morongla winner.

"Twenty of the 50 competitors are women."

There will also be a number of first time competitors.

"Encourage entries... 40, these are people who have not won a trial before, plenty trying something new," Mr Langfield said.

Trials involve the skillful movement of three sheep by a sheep dog through an obstacle course.

The sheep must pass through various obstacles along the way including a narrow race, over a bridge and into a small pen.

The sheep dog has to do all the work, only receiving instructions from their handler.

This all must be completed in 15 minutes.

A judge is scoring the dog performance, with the competitors starting at 100 points and losing points as they work for wrong moves.

"Entry for spectators to the trials is free and catering facilities available throughout the day," Mr Langfield said.

"The committee also gratefully thank the Wallace family for supplying the sheep used throughout the trials."

The trials will be held at Morongla Showground, located 15km south of Cowra on the Lachlan Valley Way.

This is part of Morongla Show's 100 year celebrations with the annual show being held on Monday, October 7.