Phew, what a week!
The 2019 Trans Tasman Sheepdog Trial coincided with the NSW Selection Trial, held at Bungendore Showground in the first week of July. You might think running the two trials sequentially would be a sensible approach – ground already set up, combines the trials so that those travelling from further away only have to make the one trip. Little did we appreciate how big the week would be!
For the first time, Bungendore & Districts Sheepdog Association (BDSDA) ran two grounds to accommodate the huge number of entries received. Which of course meant twice the number of volunteers required to manage the Box, Let out, and supporting the Judges. The car park was packed over the week end with spectators coming from surrounding regions and as far away as Melbourne.
Bungendore put on its usual July weather – early fog and cold starts, with mostly clear afternoons. And the odd light shower to keep us moving! The Let outs were well supplied with sheep, firewood and a billy for tea. A few key stalwarts made it through the entire week watching the trial from the woolly end!
The Canteen team seems to outdo itself every year, and by Sunday we’d sold out of nearly everything - even the backup supplies. The food was sensational and there always seemed to be spectators and hungry competitors lined up waiting for orders. The social side of the trial was also catered for, with a welcome dinner for Triallers on the Thursday evening, an impromptu Pizza night on Friday and the Trial Dinner (mmm, lamb shanks) on Saturday – all were very well attended and entertainment provided by Pip Hudson, Tony Whitehead, Tony Elliott, and Sue Priest.
A big thank you to Mr Will Goggin (Improver / Open), and Mr Brett Smith (Novice / Encourage, and doing a great job judging his first trial). Also to Mr Paul Darmody for supply of his valuable sheep, and managing the movement of mobs between the two grounds, with a little unexpected help from some of the club dogs keen to demonstrate their skills post trial. (thanks for seeing the funny side, Paul!)
Trials like these – both the Trans Tasman and the Selection Trial – couldn’t survive without generous support from our sponsors, Triallers and volunteers who are worth their weight in gold. Both trials were a huge success, which is a great reflection of the teamwork that went into running them.
Congratulations to Mr John Perry and Delrio Gem with a sensational score in the Open final, and to Mr Paul Darmody with Annaway Dotti (Improver), Mr Mick Hudson with MGH Tri (Novice) and Ms Teresa Kernahan with Neecabe Elphie (Encourage).
We look forward to seeing everyone next year!
Training day/meeting 22nd June. This will be our last training day before the Trans Tasman Trial, we will work with the course, as well as discuss course procedure.
Please bring your needs for the day (and those for your dog(s)), plus something to share for morning tea. We start set up at 8:30am, and pack up at 2:30pm. If you are able, please be present to help, either in the morning or in the afternoon.
Looking forward to the day
Don't miss the April Training Day at Bungendore Showground this Saturday.
Bring along your dog(s), water and a lead, a chair, warm clothes (morning is set to be chilly!), a THERMOS for hot drinks (no urn available this week end), lunch etc
Due to a number of events on the grounds this week end, all members and visitors please note
Turn left before the sheep and cattle sheds, follow the track and then turn right thru the first opening onto the main grass arena.
The BDSDA meeting will be held outside, as the brick building will be in use by the dog show.
With Australia Day and the Bungendore Show on the long weekend, Dog Club will be busy with displays of the incredible ability of working dogs . The first one will be at Bungendore Australia Day celebrations and the next day we will be at the Show with sheep and dogs, under the trees next to the Dachshund racing. Come and say Gidday.
Xmas lunch and get together coming up next training day Saturday 15th December. We will also have a brief meeting.
If you can send me what you will bring that would be most helpful. We did make a list last training day so just to confirm please send through, then people who were not there can add to this:
Please note that the training day scheduled for Saturday 25th August has been cancelled.
The AGM will be moved to Saturday 15th September
Hope to see you there
It's an amazing display of how a person and a dog can work together
Canberra Times, Friday 19th July 2018
Our Sheepdog club is for working sheepdog breeds and hold regular training days to assist people with training their dogs. We also organise and run the Trans Tasman Trial at Bungendore.