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Working dog Lucy owned by Fraser Ramsey of Casino competes at the NSW Working Stock Dog Trials at Alstonville.
Working dog Lucy owned by Fraser Ramsey of Casino competes at the NSW Working Stock Dog Trials at Alstonville. Diane Essery

IT was a close contest, but border collie Robin and his Tatham handler Robert Johnston came up trumps in the fourth annual Alstonville Working Dog Trials at the weekend.

The pair earned an almost perfect score to win a run-off with Casino's David Bennett and his dog Bill.

In the novice division, Casino's Danny Rapmund and dog Tip took the honours.

The trials showed off the skill and intelligence of some of the area's best working dogs and the control of their owners.

Each dog in the competition starts with 100 points and has five minutes to collect three head of cattle and steer them through a tight circuit to make it into a 12 by 12 foot hold and back through the gate again. Handlers can only assist their dog by signal, whistle, or words.

Spectator Jen Williams of Alstonville said the trials were fascinating to watch,

"It's really interesting to watch how the owner handles the dogs."

Topics:  border collie, dogs, intelligence, lismore, skill, tatham




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