Following on from the successful trial weekend hosted by the Broken Hill All Breeds Obedience Dog Club in June, several club members travelled to Barmera in South Australia’s Riverland region for their annual trials.
Megan Algate and Drax scored four passes in Novice Tricks, placing a first and second across the weekend. Drax also secured his Novice Tricks Title.
In Rally Masters, he scored a pass with a third placing, and secured his Rally Masters Title.
On the back of securing two titles, Mrs Algate attended a scent trial the following weekend where Drax earned a pass in Novice Vehicles, and a pass in Novice Containers, placing eighth. Impressively, Drax earned his Scent Work Novice Title with this pass too.
Laura Pinnuck and Luna secured three passes in Novice Tricks and placed third. Her third leg of her Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) Title was also achieved, with a first place, alongside a pass for Rally Advanced.
An RAE Title is secured when a competitor and their dog achieves passes in Rally Excellent and Rally Advanced at the same trial on five occasions.
Ms Pinnuck’s Apollo was the only competitor throughout the trial to secure a perfect score in Tricks Starters, with a 60/60.
Apollo achieved two first places, a third placing, and a further pass, which enabled him to earn his Tricks Starters Title. He will now be eligible to compete in future trials at the Novice Tricks level.
Ms Pinnuck and Apollo also achieved the Judge’s Partnership award on Saturday, “which was a nice little surprise,” she said.
Frankee Baldwin and Lenny achieved four Novice Tricks passes over the weekend, with a placing of first and second for two of those passes and Lenny achieved his Novice Tricks Title thanks to these passes.
Jenny Walters and Tully also saw success in Barmera, with Tully placing sixth in his first ever attempt at Rally Excellent, and placing fifth and sixth respectively for Rally Advanced each day.
In the trick trials, Tully placed third in Tricks Starter, and in the obedience trials, also achieved his third pass in Community Companion Dog (CCD) with the third placing on Saturday, earning him his CCD Title.
If Tully’s weekend wasn’t busy enough, he was also presented with a special award he won for his ‘positive attitude’ in the ring on Sunday by one of the judges.
The next local trials for the Broken Hill All Breeds Obedience Dog Club will be held over the weekend of September 9 and 10. Further information on their Facebook page, Broken Hill All Breeds Obedience Dog Club.