DOG GONE: Working dogs round up cattle in a timed competition.
DOG GONE: Working dogs round up cattle in a timed competition. Contributed

Rounding up a good show

PREPARATIONS are well under way for the Baralaba Working Dog Trial nominations as the closing date nears on July 12.

The trials, to be held from 7am on July 20-21 at Baralaba Showgrounds, will the first run in the region for the past 10 years.

Baralaba Agricultural and Pastoral Society secretary Beth Judd said this week the event would feature up to 80 dogs.

She said the cattle, which were coming from her station at Hat Creek 23km outside Baralaba, would be walked into the showgrounds on the Friday.

"It's just a good easy day's walk and with dog trials we only need 200-250 head of cattle.

"The cattle we'll be taking in have all grown up with border collies so it should be pretty good trialling.

"It gets pretty boring if the cattle run off course and the dogs can't get them back on course.”

Mrs Judd said she was hoping for a Saturday night finals' event to be held under the showground lights.

"We usually have a three-day campdraft but because it's been so dry we wouldn't ask the cattle providers for that.”

DOG GONE: Working dogs round up cattle in a timed competition.
DOG GONE: Working dogs round up cattle in a timed competition. Contributed

She said she was hoping to attract at least a few hundred people over the weekend, including between 40-50 competitors.

"We're always doing maintenance and upgrades at the Baralaba showgrounds and this is something else for people to come and spectate.

"It's all about keeping our country towns alive - we want to bring people to town.”

She said there would be plenty of travellers in the region and people could camp at the showgrounds or at the recreation grounds on the river.

While sponsorship is still being sought, there is about $1100 in prize money to be won.

"There will be a local handler class as well for people so it's an opportunity for them to have a go too.”

Allen Leech from Eidsvold Livestock and Property will be the announcer for the weekend.

For campers, there will be hot showers and WiFi, and a canteen and bar will also be operating throughout the weekend.

Check the Baralaba Working Dog Trial's Facebook page for more information or email baralabashow1@gmail.com for potential sponsors.


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