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We have new Australian
Champions after the
"Goonoo Goonoo" Station
Firstly we would like to thank "Goonoo Goonoo Pastoral" for supplying such a good venue and supplying not only the cattle but a lot of
help. Our sponsors Landmark Tamworth also, chipping in with prizes, marquee and PA system.
The course was both interesting and testing, a few traps involved, though it appeared straight forward. The initial cast was deceptive and the gully
and creek fooled a few dogs and handlers. The cattle had to be diverted from a straight return as there was quite a sheer drop off, and once that
was avoided some faith was needed to trust the dog to bring them across and not along the creek, whilst all were out of sight.
Then for full points the 8 head, 10 in the finals, had to be directed between 2 trees just a few meters apart. Next step was into the yards, and then
out again. For full points handler had to remain outside the yard, this was a test as all fresh cattle were on hay in adjoining yards, proving a tough
job for almost all. Once out the cattle were turned up the fence and pushed away, the dog called off and sent to jump in a truck. This gave cattle a
head start, so they had to be blocked then put through a gapped corner fence then held up again to be turned out into the finished cattle paddock.
It was good watching and the crowd seemed to enjoy the efforts of all, not only those that did well. We had some Queenslanders come down and
hope to run a few more Challenges up North soon.
Now to the finalists
1. D.Matthews and Spider score 206 time 8.00
2. J. Mace and Oakley 202 8.00
3. C. Reynolds and Slug 234 6.46
4. C. Bagnall and Turbo 246 5.49
5. D. Matthews and Lance 240 6.55
6. J.Mace and Milo 234 7.48
A range of styles, work and breeds represented in the final, but all had gotten the job done. A couple of extra head added for their last run, and it
was a little warmer conditions. Dog and handlers knew some of the course pitfalls now though and the top three to take advantage of that were
Winner C. Bagnall with Turbo , who took advantage of their first round lead , by adding another sound run for a total score of
536 in an all over time 13mins 47 secs
Runner-up C. Reynolds with Slug, 524 11mins 54 secs
Third D. Matthews with Lance 510 14mins 55secs
Congratulations to all
cattle dog stockman
from left, Judge: Tony McCallum,
Third: Dan Matthews,
Second: Chad Reynolds,
Australian Champion: Chris Bagnall
This is eventual winner, Chris Bagnall,
working his dog Turbo in the first round
This is overall runner-up Chad Reynolds
working Slug in the Finals