Koroit Sheepdog Trials underway

COMPETING: Josie and Jess Kimpton with their dogs Rock Barton Fern and Quick Step Tig at the Koroit Sheepdog Trials. Picture: Christine Ansorge
COMPETING: Josie and Jess Kimpton with their dogs Rock Barton Fern and Quick Step Tig at the Koroit Sheepdog Trials. Picture: Christine Ansorge

A WEEK at the Koroit Sheepdog Trials is more than just about competing for Jess Kimpton.

The 24-year-old also gets to spend some quality time with her mother, Josie, who has also made the journey to Koroit. 

The pair are competing at the trials which began at Victoria Park on Tuesday and goes through until Saturday.

Jess has become an experienced competitor at a young age, drawing on the skills she has gained since becoming a sheepdog worker when she was just 13, having been inspired by the deeds of her mother.

From East Kurrajong in New South Wales, Jess is taking part in her third trial at Koroit.

“I love coming to Koroit, it’s a beautiful ground and the trial is very well run,” she said.

“Koroit’s a nice little town, there are some good restaurants and everyone is really friendly.

“Working the dogs is a good challenge and I also enjoy the social aspect of it.”

This is the seventh staging of the Koroit Sheepdog Trials.

The event is again being ran by its founder, champion sheepdog worker Barry Paton, in partnership with the Koroit Cricket Club.

Working the dogs is a good challenge and I also enjoy the social aspect of it.

Jess Kimpton