SHEEPdog trialling at the Australian National Field Days is among the best competition in the country, according to participants at the opening day of competition yesterday.
Breeders and trainers flocked from all over the country to test their dogs’ skills against some of the best in the state.
Jenny Sant brought six dogs from her Hawkesbury Kelpie Stud and believes it’s a great learning experience for her dogs.
“We come all the way to Orange because there’s not many trials in NSW that are as good as Orange,” she said.
“You get some of the best competition from all over Australia and it’s good to teach young dogs here.”
Angela Kracht brought four dogs from Katoomba and agreed the competition was stiff.
“It’s a really good test for your dogs down here, it’s really strong,” she said.
Ms Sant said her best chance of podium finish during the field days was with Zip, who she was confident would perform well.
“The first year Zip came here he finished seventh, and then he finished fourth last year so I’ve got my fingers crossed,” she said.
Both agree they’ll continue to return to Orange because of a passion for the sport.
“I find it exciting, watching your dogs improve all the time and watching them grow and try and improve all the time,” Ms Sant said.
“I used to come to the field days and watch the dog trials ands then I started trialling my own dogs because I was hooked,” Ms Kracht added.