Central NSW dog trialler Mick Hudson dominated the Exelpet Sheep Dog Trial at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days.
Mr Hudson, of Eumungerie, and his NSW representative bitch Peerangery Marge, won the Three Sheep Trial Championship on 262 points and also took second placing with Meg and seventh with Richies Finn.
In a record field of 120 entries, little separated the top seven placegetters with Western Australian trialler Dave Lacey, with Devil, in third and Tony Elliott in fourth with Scuddly.
The trial was run in conjunction with the Henty Machinery Field Days from September 19 to 21 under the guidance of Victorian judge Greg Campbell.
Mr Hudson runs goats and cattle at Cobar and 3000 White and Black Dorper ewes at Eumungerie.
‘‘I muster 12000 feral goats with these dogs off the national park; we mainly breed dogs for ourselves,’’ he said.
‘‘We had the best dogs in the nation at Henty with representative dogs from Western Australia and Queensland among the competitors.’’
The Henty victory followed a recent win at Trundle Open Three Sheep Trial and NSW Selection Trial for three-year-old Marge.
Mr Hudson said the dog showed superior footwork, strength, cleanness, covering and blocking abilities without being aggressive.
He said Henty was a noted trial with good prize money.
‘‘It’s a trial I haven’t won previously and I’m grateful to have won it,’’ he said.
‘‘The sheep here are generally tough but I tried to prepare my dogs for that.
‘‘I was fortunate to get first and second with two bitches who have consistently performed.’’
Mr Hudson runs dog handling schools at his Eumungerie property and coaches competition triallers.
‘‘It’s important for the future to have people learning how to read livestock and educate dogs,’’ he said.
Sheep dog trial co-ordinator Paul Darmody said the competition drew dogs from WA, Queensland, NSW and Victoria as a lead-up to the Supreme Championships.
‘‘It was the cream of the cream here — two test dogs competed and never made it into the final, and they will be representing Australia in New Zealand,’’ Mr Darmody said.