DOG TRIALS: Dog breeder Robert Johnston with Pattie his pure bred border collie.
DOG TRIALS: Dog breeder Robert Johnston with Pattie his pure bred border collie. Doug Eaton

Alstonville’s dog trials this weekend

CLEVER canines from across the country will be on show at this weekend's Alstonville dog trials at the traditional venue of the showground.

Alstonville Agricultural Society secretary Rebecca Lock said 28 competitors will complete in more than 190 runs over the two days in four categories.

"Entrants can compete with different dogs in the maiden, novice, open or three-year-old young dog trials," she said.

"One competitor might have up to 10 dogs, so they'll have 10 separate runs throughout the day."

Hosted by the Alstonville Show Society, the dog trials are organised by a sub-committee of Noel and Bev Bryant and Hilton Murphy.

At past dog trials, Mrs Lock said competitors had travelled from as far afield as the Northern Territory to compete.

Mrs Lock said the variety of dogs on offer would prove interesting to spectators of all ages.

"We put some advertising signs out on the main road in 2013 and it attracted some random people who said watching the dog trials took them back to their childhood," she said.

The annual community event wouldn't run without the generous support of locals and long term sponsor Norco.

"We couldn't hold the trials without the help of local cattle owners who donate their cows to the show society and the cattle carriers who transport them," Mrs Lock said.

To coincide with the celebrations of the village turning 150, Mrs Lock said entry to the dog trials would be free on Saturday and Sunday.

A barbecue would be available on both days with gates opening at 6.30am on Saturday and 7am on Sunday.



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