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National working dog trials at Seymour

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October 03, 2017

Top Australian sheep dogs will compete for the Supreme Australian Sheep Dog Trial Championship at Seymour starting next week.

Seymour will host a major Australian working sheep dog championship from October 14 to 22.

The Supreme Australian Sheep Dog Trial Championship is the pinnacle of Australian sheep dog trials and draws the top competitors and the best working sheep dogs from around the country.

The Supreme rotates around the Australian states and the last time Victoria hosted the championships was at Port Fairy in 2010.

The event will be held in Kings Park, Tallarook St, Seymour.

The Supreme event will start with the Novice Championship held on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, for the less experienced dogs.

A total of 116 dogs will contest this championship over the two days.

The Supreme Championship with 231 entries from all states will create hot competition and starts on Monday, October 16.

Top dogs and triallers from every state will be vying for the title of Supreme Champion.

The Ted Gaby Interstate Challenge Trophy determines the top state and takes place over three rounds with the first round on Thursday, October 19, the second round on Friday, October 20 and the final will be held on Sunday, October 22.

Victoria will be represented by David Hines and Tarcoola Scooter from St Arnaud and John Tuddenham with Waramara Paddy from Ross Creek.

Pyalong’s Brendan Kelly and Ross and Sarah Thomson from Glenaroua are providing the sheep for the Supreme contest.

The Supreme judges are Paul Darmody from Bungendore in NSW and Colin Reid from Glenrowan.

Trialling will start at 7.30am daily and run through to early evening.

Highlights will be the Novice Final held under lights on Sunday, October 15 and two rounds of the State Teams Competition under lights on Thursday and Friday, October 19 and 20.

Entry to Kings Park is free for spectators with catering available in the Ken Hall Pavilion provided by the Seymour A & P Society.

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