Eugowra hosts State utility dog trials

The girls have made a clean sweep of the prize pool at the 2019 NSW Utility Dog Championships.

Eugowra Showground hosted 120 working dogs and their handlers over the weekend, and organisers made note of the fact that it was the girls who took out first place in each of the weekend's classes.

Molong's Nigel Brazier and his bitch Brazier's Sky took first place in the open competition with a total of 178 points across two rounds.

But it was competitive: just one point away were Greg Walton and Karana Max from Mulgoa.

Best in the Novice section was Maurice Metherell from Hawksbury with Wilbo Joy, whose rounds of 91 + 80 gave her a 171 point total.

Competition started at lunchtime Friday, and the officials were up with the sun both Saturday and Sunday to get through the large field of competitors.

Coordinators Kevin and Kay Howell expressed their thanks to judge Bill Luff from Gundagai on an excellent job, and Robert Cox for judging the nursery event held during Saturday's lunchtime.

The winner of that event was Jono English with Frankie from Portland.

The Howells also thanked everyone who helped in any way, and especially Grant Howell, Greg Walton and David Brassell for helping with set up on the Thursday and then working in the back yard throughout the trial.

"Another big thank you goes to Michael from The Gentle Cow, Peter and Bev Slaven for supplying breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, thank you so much," the Howells said.

Thank you also to sponsors: CopRice dog food, Pengilly family for sheep and carting, Barru Working Kelpie Stud, Greg and Tracy Walton, M.A. and A L Bray, Mick Welsh Steel Fabrication, Karana Kelpie Stud, Grant Howell Auto Electrics, Denise Howell Hairdressing, Pacifica Boer Goats, K.M.W,L. Livestock, Eugowra Quality Meats, Central Hotel, AGnVET Supplies, Stockmans Dog Collars and Allure on Main.

"We would not be able to conduct the trial without these people," the Howells said.

Finally, they thanked all those who attended as competitors or spectators and hope to see everyone return in 2020.

If you missed the event, or can't wait to see more of the working dogs, yard dog trials are scheduled for the Eugowra Show on September 14.