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, k9 sports club dog trials, lismore



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