Dogs bark in spotlight

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Dogs bark in spotlight

Happy trio: organiser and host Paul Macphail, Dusty the dog, and long time competitor Jodie Dowling.

THE 15th Annual State Cattle, Sheep and Duck Dog Championships were as big an event as anyone could want.
And despite the inclement weather and the muddy grounds, the drovers still came in droves.
The Welshpool institution is one of those ‘must do’ events for those who take their dogs seriously.
There was little doubt the dogs were taking things seriously too. Laidback and carefree when there are no cattle, sheep or ducks to herd, the iconic Aussie animal is a far different creature when there’s a job to do.
Organiser and host Paul Macphail, who runs the Beloka Kelpie Stud, said the weekend’s championships were “great”.
“It’s just that we’re up to our ankles in mud. It’s been wet, but it is a really good crowd. It’s hard to know how many are here because there’s so much activity,” he said.
“People just love coming down and working their dogs.”

Ready to work: Port Welshpool’s Aaron and Rick Wilkinson with Tim and Jeb.

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