Top dogs trial at Tarlee

Bill Trembath puts Willeen Bess through her paces at Paskeville trials last year and below, Willeen Dash and the ribbon she won at the Australian Supreme trial at Port Fairy, Victoria.

THE rolling green fields of Tarlee will host the second Easter Sheepdog Trial, starting today (Friday) and running throughout the weekend.
Competitors have flocked from interstate to the event, the highest paid trial outside the South Australian State championships.
Event organiser, Janice Gennaro, said she was hoping for another big crowd this weekend, after last year’s event drew a large contingent of interested spectators from town.
She said watching the chemistry between a man and his working dog is like poetry in motion.
“Anyone who has ever tried to move sheep by themselves would understand,” Janice laughed.
Sheepdog trialling was predominantly made famous by the movie Babe and while there won’t be any ‘sheep-pigs’ trialling at this event, the quaint country scenery and brilliant working dogs on display is as entertaining as it gets.
In light of recent disasters around the nation, the event is also giving back to the community.
“Every cent we raise above our costs, we’re donating to the disaster relief fund,” Janice said.
There will be a wide range of food catering throughout the weekend and with a nearby playground, it really is a family-friendly event.
Just to develop a small appreciation of the difficulty of the sport, getting your dog trained up to trial standard usually takes about two years.
“You start with a pup of about eight weeks and from there you’re looking at two years training before getting out in the middle and having a crack,” Janice said.
Entrants will be competing in three categories, novice, improved and open. Novices kick the weekend off on Friday.
Following that, the improved category competes most of Saturday with the early rounds of the open category starting later in the afternoon.
The open class finals will be held on Sunday.
A come and try class will also be held on Sunday for those interested in giving the sport a crack for the first time.