|Warrabah Station Challenge taken out by last years Dog of the Year "Lance" and
Some changes had been made to last years course, new fencing and approach to the yard added a few tests to the course. The
cattle at the venue are a credit to the stockmen. They would react if handled badly, but gave every dog ample chance. It was
indeed a hot day but the large shed the yards gave a cool shady spot with a good view of all the course, Several handlers
mentioned to me the great job Antony Mulder did, all day , setting up cattle. They were placed and settled spot on for every run, l
pass on all their thanks
Keeping forward movement was the key , in the heat steady progress was required to get all jobs done in the time. One test is for
the dog to be called off stock and sent back to get on a quad bike. A couple of dogs took the opportunity to take a short break in
the shade underneath it..
Dan and Lance ran early in the draw , and set a benchmark by completing all jobs in a reasonable time . Then two total
newcomers to AUSCC Challengers claimed places in the final. Young James Hodgman and dog Scrap showed a cool head to
master the course and not so young Cal Gibson and his dog ,Riley, rattled of another top run. Dan Matthews got his older dog
Spider into the mix also with a real measured run. Then Kerry-Ann Thompson and Clancy overcame a slight early hiccup to claim
the last spot in a final.
The outrun was extended and moved to a new paddock , conditions changed , so a versatile and consistent dog was needed to
1st D. Matthews Lance 224 from possible 224 in overall time of 12m 13s
2nd D. Matthews Spider
3rd J. Hodgman Scrap
4th C. Gibson Riley
5th K. Thompson Clancy
Congratulations to these and all competitors, there were many that made their way through all the jobs but didnt quite
make the final , well done .
A note of thanks must be given to Peter Stevenson , and the crew that prepare this challenge.
Great place and cattle to run a challenge , Thanks all.
### FUTURITY An early notice , because of the good cattle we feel this is a great place to run a futurity . So if you
have a dog that will be under 18 months in November next year. We will be running a special event for them at the
Warrabah Challenge , 2015 We will keep you posted ..]
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