The first annual Finley Show Society Three-Sheep Dog Trials were held over the weekend and were a huge success. Originally a three-day trial, the large number of dogs meant the event had to kick-off on Friday instead of Saturday, but the committee took everything in their stride.
Despite the cool but sunny weather, over thirty trialers with 160 dogs competed over the four days, in encourager, novice, improver and open events. All the visitors agrees the Finley venue was excellent, with the showgrounds ideal for such an event. They also had many favourable comments about Finley.
Competitor John Parrington, who is also the Vice President of the NSW Sheepdog Workers Association, commended the committee on an outstanding first trial, saying it was not only great to see a new trial added to the calendar, but also a trial with wonderful facilities and organisation.
Organiser David Webb said the weekend was absolutely fantastic, the support of the competitors, volunteers and the community was greatly appreciated. After the success of this first event the Show Society anticipates the Sheep Dog Trials will be an annual event.
President Keith Kennedy would like to thank the committee, particularly David Webb and all the volunteers who helped during the week with preparations and over the weekend, also those who helped with the catering. Over fifty people were fed each day, with morning and afternoon teas and hot lunches. The trialers and sponsors enjoyed a dinner on Sunday evening, prepared by the volunteers. The evening was a very social occasion with a trivia quiz and many jokes and yarns told.
REXPO attracted a few interested people with the hope of forming a Dog Lovers Club. Anyone interested in forming a Finley Dog Lovers Club and REXPO are urged to contact Janette Morris on 0407 832 371.
The Show Society would like to thank everyone involved for their support, big or small, and we look forward to another great annual community event.