Dog trialling weekend provides tribute to old friends
THE rain held off this year for the Rappville Memorial Cattle Dog Trial, allowing more than 170 runs to take place over the weekend.
Organiser Geoff McLennan said dog triallers came from south-east Queensland, the Northern Tablelands and the Hunter region for the fourth annual event.
"For me, as one of the organisers, the highlight was that the whole weekend went well," he said.
"I think everyone went home happy."
The main winners certainly left with smiles on their faces, including the open winner Ben Gould, of Greenridge, with his dog Riverside Jake.
The maiden/novice category was taken out by Dick Chapman, of Murwillumbah, and his dog, Bounce.
"Ben Gould is a dairy farmer and he is really good with his dogs, even though he hasn't been doing dog trials for that long," Mr McLennan said.
"And Dick is one of the best handlers around.
"He's one of the real long term handlers."
Mr McLennan said numbers were slightly down on last year, and said it could be an indication that farmers were doing it tough.
"It's hard on the land at the moment," he said.
"People have got work to do, and their sport comes second.
All funds raised at the event will go towards the maintenance and upgrade of the Rappville Sports Ground.
It is held in honour of Jack Richards, Rex McLennan and Ian Ensbey who all died within in a short time of each other after working tirelessly for their local community.