200 dogs set to compete at Finley

By Southern Riverina News

Forty-five triallers will be bringing at least 200 dogs to the Finley Showgrounds over the June long weekend.

The third annual Finley Three Sheep Dog Trials are fast approaching and this year is expected to be the biggest event yet.

Finley Show Society committee member and chief event instigator David Webb said it was popular because of the facilities available to competitors.

‘‘The amenities we provide the triallers and the friendliness of volunteers is what brings them back every year; it’s a credit to all those involved,’’ he said.

‘‘This year we have more entries than previous years which is a positive.

‘‘There will be some of the best triallers in the country including some coming from Cobar, Sydney, Canberra, Dubbo, Port Ferry and Tasmania.

‘‘Most of the dogs are border collies and some are kelpies, and usually in three sheep dogs trials, border collies are better.

‘‘There is always friendly competition between border collie and kelpie owners but all taken in good humour.

‘‘The aim of the three sheep dog trialling is to show how the dogs can be controlled.

‘‘We always say a good dog is worth another two men.’’

Starting next Thursday, June 7 will be the open competition, with the novice competition starting the following day.

Both competitions continue through to Monday, June 11 when finals will be held.

Mr Webb is the only local trialler to have registered for the event, but says he’s unlikely to come away with the win.

‘‘I’m not up to scratch with the others,’’ Mr Webb said with a laugh.

The trials is the Show Society’s second of four annual events.

Its poultry auction was held in March, the Finley Show will be held in September and its Rose Show is held in November.