Parkes Yard Dog Trials were held on 18th and 19th June at the Parkes Showground. Over the two days, thirty-two competitors ran one hundred runs. The Maiden, Novice, Encourage and Local were given eight minutes to move twelve sheep through a series of yard configurations. The Juniors had no time limit and the Open were given ten minutes to move twenty sheep through a harder course.
Saturday saw the running of the Maiden, Novice, and Juniors. Gary White from Nyngan first place in both divisions with White’s Pint, second with White’s Albert in the Novice. William Cox from Young was second and third in the Maiden with Sam and Maverick and third in the Novice with Sam.
Sunday, we ran the Encourage, Local and Open. First in the Encourage was Teagan Cox, Young with Sam, second Karren Higgins, Terrey Hills and Rouge, third Sharron Steer and George from Billimari.
The local was hotly contested with Donna Lindley, Cowra and Jet winning, Lachlan Cox, Alectown second and equal third with Shadow and Lieu, Bernard Dwyer, Alectown equal third with Annie.
Sunday was the Open. First and third were won by Dean Incher, Cooma with Hulk and Raffa second Gary White, Nyngan, and White’s Benny. Hulk scoring one hundred and ninety-seven from a possible two hundred.
Our highlight for the weekend were our juniors. They were Dustin Tanswell and Tess, Lilly Cox and Shadow and Kinsley Unger and Annie. Each child had an adult with them in the yard. The three entrants were under five. Special thanks to the judge Greg Walton for all his encouragement. Also, thanks to Robert Cox for judging on Saturday and Ollie Hanson on Sunday.
Thank you to our sponsors Inland Petroleum, Westonfence, Quality Wool, Wakely Shearing, Tanswell Transport, Nick Williams Livestock Pregnancy Scanning, Agriwest, Agboss, AA Blatch, Nutrien Ag, Dwyer Contracting, Timtrac Industries, Parkes Central Butchery, Gundarimbah Merino Stud and CopRice, and all our helpers.