Dogs jump up for Victorian title at show

RACE FOR GLORY: Yarra Valley farmer Steve Sundero's Go Getta Elly-May at the Rural Finance and Rural Bank Victorian State Yard Dog Championships in Dean on Sunday. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

RACE FOR GLORY: Yarra Valley farmer Steve Sundero's Go Getta Elly-May at the Rural Finance and Rural Bank Victorian State Yard Dog Championships in Dean on Sunday. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

Crowds of people and their four-legged friends braved the cold, wet and windy conditions to attend the annual Victorian State Yard Dog championships.

Elly-May herds sheep.

Elly-May herds sheep.

More than 100 farm dogs were put through their paces at the Dean Recreation Reserve for the two day annual event which showcases the nation’s top canines. 

The sheep dog competition saw farmers, cattle and dogs travel from all over Australia to Ballarat to try their luck at for the title highly sought after title of State Yard Dog champion.

Veteran breeder and trainer Glenthompson farmer Joe Spicer’s took the competition’s top honour with current national champion Go Getta Package (173 points). 

New South Wales trainer Anthony Attard came in at a close second with his kelpie Nell who scored 171.5 points.

Vite Vite farmer Gary Sharrock competed in the championship with kelpie Alby who won the Victorian State Yard Dog Championships last year. 

Mr Sharrock said his day had been one of mixed emotions with Alby coming very close to backing up his win last year.

“He began in a really strong position but lost out towards the end when we lost as sheep over the fence,” he said.