THERE was canine and ovine action aplenty in Allora this month as the Queensland Working Sheepdog State Championships were held at the picturesque Allora Showgrounds for the third successive year.
Once again the event was a huge success.
That success was in no small part due to the Allora Show Society which put in its usual wonderful effort in running the canteen and looking after all who attended during the four days of trialling, and also the Allora business community for its generous sponsorship.
Organisers are delighted with the response from the dog trailing community for the championships, nominations coming from around Australia and including some of the best dogs and dog handlers in the country.
The sport of sheepdog trials has a long history in Australia, first getting underway in this country in 1870 at Forbes in western New South Wales and is a popular hobby today both for the primary producer who have their dogs for work and recreation and to the sheepdog enthusiast who pursues this sport for pleasure and to keep alive the tradition of the bush.
Classes for the championships cater for open, improver and novice dogs, and also an encourage trial for novice handlers.
One of the more familiar faces of sheepdog trialling in Australia, Greg Prince of Dubbo, in New South Wales, a previous multi-title winner, emerged from the challenges of the high class open competition as the 2013 Queensland Champion with his dog Tippers Brigalow on 285 points.
Greg teamed up with another of his dogs, Moriarty Debbie to also capture third place in the oen event.
The novice trial was won by local identity John Crombie with Freeway Rastis, the award having special significance as the novice trial is completely sponsored by the Allora business community.
Denise Dalgleish's Blue Cow Hotel, at Allora, also donates a perpetual trophy for the novice trial and each year provides a keenly sought-after prize for the event first placegetter.
The improver trial was won by Rhonda O'Connell, of Winton, with her kelpie Camara Gale.
Allora and its idyllic showgrounds is winning the hearts of the dog handling fraternity, competitors, who come from all parts of Queensland and interstate, had nothing but praise for the friendly attitude that was shown to them by Allora residents and business.
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