THE Clare Showground will be the home of about 70 yard dogs on April 12, 13 and 14, when the South Australian Yard Dog Association will be holding its annual state championships.
This is the first time the championships will be held in Clare, with handlers and their dogs coming from all over the state, and Victoria, to compete.
Yard Dog trialling is a competition that stimulates the work undertaken in a normal working day on a farm for a sheep dog.
Each competitor has to abide by a set of rules and a code of conduct.
The course is made up of pens, drenching race, drafting race and a trailer, with sheep to be yarded up, loaded and unloaded, by the dog and trainer.
There will be two courses running at the same time for the first two days, with a beginner section to encourage handlers, then maiden, novice and improver sections, until they earn the right to become an ‘open’ section dog.
The top 25 dogs from the open section will compete on Sunday morning, with the top 10 going into the final to decide who will represent our state in the National Yard Dog Championship.
The National Yard Dog Championship brings competitors from all states, and will be held in South Australia next year.
This year’s event will start around 8am on the Saturday and Sunday, and from lunch time on the Monday.
Everyone is welcome with admission being free, simply BYO chair.
• Pictured: Lee Mickan with his dog, Waramara Joker, state winner in 2018. He is representing SA this year at West Wylong at the National Championships. Lee will also be trialling his dog at Clare for this event.