2016-17 trial season has come and gone with several notable events.
Firstly congratulations to Malcolm Taylor on his 80th birthday this year, Malcolm had much to celebrate for the past year, winning the 2016 Supreme Australian Sheep Dog Championship held at Northam, West Australia, with Somerville Nell and also gaining selection in the Australian team to travel to New Zealand this year, this will be the 13th time Malcolm has represented Australia in tests against New Zealand.
Congratulations to Michael Grant and McGlashans Minty on winning the 2016 State Championships held at Campbell Town. This is the pairs second Championship win at this venue.
Congratulations also to Malcolm Taylor and Michael Grant who represented Tasmania in the Ted Gaby Interstate Challenge held at Northam W.A.in 2016 with their dogs Somerville Nell and Fleetwood Dot.
It is also to be noted that Henry Homan one of our keenest and longest serving member has had to retire from trialing due to health reasons. Henry first trialed in the 1960’s, has been instrumental in organising and running trials in Meander and surrounding areas, including the first Australian Supreme in 1990 at Deloraine, a trial he also won. Henry won many trials over the years,two of his most notable dogs were Hardman’s Neat and Onnawinna Teena.
We thank you Henry for your contribution to trialing over many years.
Commiserations to Bruce Dolliver who due to health problems has been unable to attend some of our recent trials, after leading in the State Consistency award, we wish you a good and quick recovery.
Next I would like to thank all our members for their support during the last year.
Thanks to Kerry and his office staff for their guidance and assistance throughout the year.
Thanks to all who organised and ran trials and to those who came along and assisted with letting out sheep, time keeping, setting up and taking down. Special thanks to Bruce Dolliver for his efforts in providing obstacles , fence and erecting at many venues. Also thanks to Bernard McGlashan, it may not be realised by many the number of trials Bernard is instrumental in organising, setting up and running, at nearly all trials he spends 50% of his time at the sheep release.
We owe these people a huge thankyou as without their commitment to our sheep dog club a number of trials could be lost.