Collies bordering on brilliant

KOROIT’S fourth annual sheepdog trials was well worth the trip for Greg and Davina Campbell.

The couple from Sutherlands Creek, near Geelong, brought six dogs to the event and took out the open and improver championships.

Despite some testing weather over the four-day event at Victoria Park, organiser Barry Paton said the trials had been a success.

“It has gone really well, even though the weather wasn’t the best,” he said.

“It is growing each year.”

Mr Paton started the sheepdog trials in Koroit four years ago and said the money raised from the event would be put back into making the trials better next year.

“We have great backing from people in Koroit,” he said.

“People come from New South Wales and South Australia.

“They come down to the coast for the holiday.”

Mr Campbell’s three-year-old home-bred border collie Glamorgan Oscar took out the championship event.

“He is just starting to mature,” he said.

“He’s a great little dog.”

He said his involvement with sheepdogs only started in the last 10 years and his first competition was at Koroit where he won the farmers’ trial.

“It’s a great thrill to go from winning the farmers’ trial to winning the open championship,” he said.

“It’s a top venue, it’s an almost perfect trial,” Mr Campbell said.

“It’s great to see the Koroit Cricket Club get behind Barry (Paton) and the committee to run the trials.

“It has good camping facilities and it’s easy to walk into town.”

Mr Campbell’s wife Davina won the improver class with Glamorgan Roy. The couple are now looking forward to the national titles in Canberra.

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