Cobram’s Maree King has been named the Encouragement Series winner at the Kelly Country Cattle Dog Trials on May 19 and 20.
More familiar with equestrian competition, Ms King’s victory was especially impressive as this was the first year she competed in a cattle dog competition.
The Encouragement Series was run over three trials before the final was held at Tatong.
Maiden, novice and open trials were held on the same weekend, with Undera’s Roland Pell taking out the maiden trial and Highpoint award.
Included in the festivities was a whip-cracking demonstration by Stuart Broad and his dog Doggie Dash and a charity auction where $10000 was raised for beyondblue and the McGrath Foundation.
The podium results for the Encouragement Series were: first, Maree King with Ruby; second, Rod Manning with Tig; third, Chris Gaudion with Bob.