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11 October, 2020

Tooraweenah's new mobile trial yards

Tooraweenah PA and H now have their very own mobile trial yards thanks to a Crown Lands Grant and local tradesman.

By Telden Nelson

Pictured is Luke Harvey of LMH Welding with yard dog steward Brendan Butler and Tooraweenahn PA and H president Ben Gale.

The Tooraweenah PA and H Association yard dog trials will be going ahead this year despite the cancellation of the Tooraweenah Show. At the trials, they’ll also be able to debut their new mobile trial yards and trailer made by local Luke Harvey.

The yards and trailer will give the show society a high quality and valuable asset and means they don’t have to borrow facilities to run an event. Another bonus could be hiring of the yards and trailer to other yard dog events around the region. The mobile yards were funded through a Crown Lands Grant.

Publicity officer for the Tooraweenah PA and H Association Sue Armstrong said that yard dog trials have seen some great attendance in recent months.

“Yard dog trials have become a popular sport and for anyone to hold these events they are receiving unprecedented participation,” said Mrs Armstrong.

Yard dog steward Brendan Butler said the dog trials present a good opportunity for people to get out for a local event and iron out any kinks in the designs of the yards.

“The trial will enable us to iron out any problems with the yards and give the many keen dog enthusiasts an outing before the onset of the hot weather,” said Mr Butler.

The new portable trial yards.

“A feature of the trial will be some of the top handlers and dogs in NSW already showing interest including the current state utility champion open dog. A full program will be run on two arenas, and generous sponsorship has been obtained to provide enticing prizes.”

A working dog school has been sponsored by Bendigo Bank and will run also. This will give local yard dog enthusiasts the chance to learn from some of the best in the business or provide a good opportunity for newcomers to get invested in the sport.

“Trainer David Motley of Motley’s Kelpies in Nyngan will be running the school as he did last year, which was very popular and got great reviews,” said Mr Butler.

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