Port Fairy hosts Commonwealth Championship Sheep Dog Trials

A rouge sheep charges working dog Stormy, owned by Billy Davidson, during his final run at the Commonwealth Sheep Dog Trials. Picture: Rob Gunstone
A rouge sheep charges working dog Stormy, owned by Billy Davidson, during his final run at the Commonwealth Sheep Dog Trials. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Port Fairy hosted the Commonwealth Championship Sheep Dog Trials which culminated on Sunday. The week-long annual event showcased the dogs’ working nous and agility with both finals proving competitive.

President Bill Paton said 244 dogs competed in the open section with 440 runs across the week, which did not include the finals. More than 1400 sheep were on hand to put the dogs through their paces. 

Mr Paton said competition was close in the Australian Dog of the Year on Sunday with Western Australia taking out the title. David Lacey’s dog Lady won dog of the year on 170 points, followed by South Australia’s Joanne Flavel’s dog Sootie on 166 points. Third place went to Bernard McGlashan, from Tasmania, and his dog Crash on 163 points. 

The Commonwealth Championship open winner was awarded to Bernard McLashen, from Tasmania, and his dog Somerville Nell on 289 points on Sunday night. In equal second, on 285 points, was Jim Dodge and Paton Slim from Snake Valley and Michael Grant and McGlashan Minty from Tasmania. They were followed closely by Peter Oxley and his dog Rivlin Ceaser on 284 points.

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