Entertainment

Hounds take bounds

Yum Cha, the Chinese Crested hairless dog from Brisbane shows how to fly.
Yum Cha, the Chinese Crested hairless dog from Brisbane shows how to fly. Patrick Gorbunovs

THE quickest and most agile Australian dogs descended on Alstonville Showground to race against the clock and each other at the weekend.

Over two days, the annual Northern Rivers K9 Sports Club dog trials attracted 474 entrants - 80 more than last year.

"We get a lot of Brisbane and Sydney people coming here to compete," trial secretary Annette Lee said.

Earlier this year, many of the dogs and their owners ranked well at national competitions so some of Australia's best were on show in Alstonville.

"A lot of the dogs here did really, really well and got into the finals at nationals this year down in Sydney and the Queensland state titles as well," co-ordinator Janine Kinny said.

At Alstonville, the dogs competed in different categories based on their height, ranging from 200mm to 600mm and raced against the clock.

"The judge sets a time and also you have to do a clear round with no faults, which means no bars being knocked down or doing the incorrect course.

"They do jumps and go through tunnels, and then there's agility, where other equipment is used."

The competition was open to any type of dog and attracted purebreds, crossbreeds, tall dogs, small dogs and bald dogs.

Leigh Taylor and her small Chinese crested hairless dog, Yum Cha from Brisbane, travelled to Alstonville to compete.

"There's not many hairless dogs in Australia doing agility - it's all usually border collies," Ms Taylor claimed.

However, Ms Kinny's eight-year-old kelpie-fox terrier, Tinka, was the fastest dog over the two days.

Tinka maintained competitive times in the jumping course and blitzed the agility section to be declared overall winner.

"It feels very good," Ms Kinny said.

She and Tinka received a trophy while all dogs and owners who performed well at the weekend received certificates from Dogs NSW.

Topics:  dogs, lismore




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Teens lead police on dangerous highway chase at 180km/h

Dangerous chase on Pacific Highway.

Teens then hid in bushland after they were forced to stop at Ballina

Where and when to vote in the federal election

federal election voting booth

Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate

Comprehensive list of polling booths in Richmond and Page

What electorate are you in? The boundaries have changed

Polling booth at Casino Civic Hall.
Photo The Northern Star Archives

You may even be in a different electorate to your neighbour

Latest deals and offers

Animal Justice Party

Animal Justice Party candidate for Page Anna Ludvik makes her pitch to voters

Kevin Hogan's pitch

Page MP Kevin Hogan's final pitch to voters

Kudra Falla-Ricketts pitch for Page

Kudra Falla-Ricketts' final pitch to Page voters

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?