AFTER a break of almost 10 years, cattle dog trials will return to Rappville at the weekend and Sextonville boys Paul and Beau Creighton will be out to impress.
The boys, who have bred and trained their own dogs, Cobra and Snow, will contest the maiden novice events at the Rappville Dog Trial, which incorporates the Gibberagee Cup Open Trial, the Rex McLennan Memorial Novice Trial and the Jack Richards Memorial Maiden Trial, at the Rappville Sports Ground on Saturday and Sunday.
The boys will be out to win their first event after several encouraging performances since they took up the competition four years ago.
Cattle dog handlers from as far afield as Sydney, the Hunter, New England and South-East Queensland compete for $2450 in prizemoney over the two days.
“We've got some of NSW's best cattle dog triallers coming to Rappville at the weekend and people can expect to see some quality dogs at work,” one of the organisers, Geoff McLennan, said.
“We've got about 80 entries in the open trial, which is being run in honour of former Rappville man and dog trialler Ian Ensby.
“There are about 100 entries in the maiden/novice trial.
“We've also got an encouragement event for handlers who haven't won a dog trial, as well as a teams trial which promises to be a lot of fun. All up we will have more than 200 runs over the two days, which will make for a full weekend of dog trialling.”
The dog trial is being run by the North Coast Working Dog Association and the Rappville Sporting Facilities Committee.
Mr McLennan said the reformation of the sporting facilities committee, and a renewed enthusiasm within the community to promote Rappville, prompted the North Coast Working Dog Association to revive the annual dog trial.
“The support we have received from the local community has been wonderful,” he said.
“Local cattle owners have been happy to donate their cattle for use at the dog trials and we've had a number of successful working bees at the sports ground during the past couple of months.”
A number of local families and several Casino businesses have also got behind the dog trial by sponsoring the events. Admission is free.
A canteen, run by the Rappville Sporting Facilities Committee, will provide hot and cold food all weekend. There will be a camp oven stew available for tea on Saturday night.
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