Tasmanian Yard Dog Association hosts tough state competition

Dogs and owners were fired up for a heated competition for the Tasmanian Yard Dog Association State Championships on Saturday.

About 34 dogs and their owners competed in the championships in Powranna for their chance to move onto the next stage.

Two dogs, who had been consistent throughout the year’s trials and scored highly in the competition, would go onto compete in the national championships in Western Australia next year.

Tasmanian Yard Dog Association president Tim Hall said the competitors were all “everyday working dogs”.

But they were unique in their ability to adjust for the yard dog competitions, Mr Hall said.

Each team start with 100 points before they undertake a series of obstacles they had to guide the sheep through.

Good stockmanship, dog discipline and sheep flowing in straight lines were some of the signs of a good trial, Mr Hall said. “All the obstacles are what farmers would use in their day-to-day activities.”

Judge Luke Twigg travelled from Victoria to oversee the championships.