Our very own Barry Paton: Royal Melbourne Show canned, future of regional shows uncertain due to coronavirus
The cancellation of the Royal Melbourne Show has disappointed many producers who prepare for the event months in advance, and it is also unlikely they will get other opportunities to compete.
In western Victoria, local shows are being cancelled or postponed as social restrictions of mass gatherings show no signs of easing. For Koroit sheepdog trainer Barry Paton, showing off his pooches is one of his favourite pastimes.
And like many regular attendees, the show is also an important social event.
"There are a lot of country shows that have struggled over the years and small towns are going to struggle with not being able to get the public to go."
Mr Paton organises the Koroit sheepdog trials and says these events bring money into the town.
"I know when we run our sheepdog trials here the business people do well," he said.
"People come and eat, and they've gotta live here for a week, so [businesses] do well from other people coming from interstate and supporting all the businesses."
"Towns are going to miss out in the next little while."
In addition to the excitement of showcasing his dogs, Mr Paton says he has a group of friends he looks forward to catching up with at the events.
"You meet up with a lot of people who are good mates, you just sit around and have a good chat. You miss the people a lot," he said.
Updated 11 Mar 2008, 3:18pm
Australia's top dog-handlers are in the ACT for the 65th National Sheep Dog Trial Championships.
About 50 competitors and 250 dogs will show off their skills during six days of trials at Hall.
The trials began in 1943 as a single day event to raise funds for Legacy during World War II.
Over the past 65 years, the sport has given dog-handlers a chance to share their knowledge while offering entertainment to people of all ages
From 2010: NATIONAL SHEEP DOG TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, HALL (speech in legislative assembly by Alistair Coe)
Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 16 March 2010 (additions made on 18 March)
Mr Alistair Coe, Canberra Liberals
On Sunday just passed, the National Sheep Dog Trial Championships wrapped up for another year. The Championships are a wonderful celebration of rural and regional communities, farming, friends, family, the village of Hall and of course, sheep dogs!
The National Trials began in 1942 to raise money for Legacy. The prestigious event has attended by a number of Governors-General, the Duke of Gloucester and even Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Trials in 1970. It is Australia’s premier Trials and is very well regarded throughout the world.
Mr Speaker, the Village of Hall punches above its weight. It is defined and tight-knit community that evolves with the times whilst championing their rich heritage.
The strength of the community is depicted by the huge community support the Trials received.
By Tim FookesPosted 23 Mar 2019, 8:13am
Sheepdog trialling has historically been a sport for men, but there has been an increase over the years in the number of female handlers taking part in the competitions.
Mother and daughter duo, Josie and Jess Kimpton, are regulars at sheepdog trials around the country and this week have been at the state championships at Molong in central west New South Wales.
Read more here
In addition to the trophies, sash and prize money for the top dogs, the Nationals holds a strong tradition of presenting memorial trophies for high performing teams of dog and handler
The Queens Trophy - A portrait of the winning dog by artist Linda Dening. For the winner of the 2019 National Open Championship
The Duke of Gloucester Sash (replica) - For the winner of the 2019 National Open Championship
Ross Dodge Trophy - Donated by the Dodge family for the winner of the 2019 National Open Championship
Greg Prince Memorial Watch - for the winner of the 2019 National Open Championship
Winner - Mr Tony Elliott with OK Indiana Buckles (261)
Champion of Champions - $100 and Sash. For the winner of competition between the 2018 National, Current Supreme Australian, Commonwealth and State Champions. Decided on the 1st round score in the National Championship
Winner - Mr Mick Hudson with Ritchies Finn (97)
Lawrie Tong Memorial $50 and Sash - for the dog scoring the highest points in the first round of the National Improver Championship
Winner - Ms Carol Trainor with MGH Flight (96)
George Westcott $50 and Sash - for the dog scoring the highest points in the first round of the National Maiden Championship
Winner - Mr Geoff Gibson with El'Shamah Gabbi (95)
National First Time $50 and Sash - for the highesst points scored by a handler competing in the Nationals for the first time, decided in the first round of either the Open, Improver or Maiden Championship
Winner - Mr Ken Jelbart with Evelyngra Midge (84)
Mellissa Gillard Memorial Shield $50 and Sash - awarded to the highest scoring competitor working a dog that the competitor has bred and owns, decided in the first round of either the Maiden, Improver or Open Championship
Winner - Ms Leigh Foster with Me Mate Shirley (96)
The final day of the 2019 Nationals brought a few surprises and challenges to round out the Championships. The Top 20, run for the first time at the Nationals, was a great opportunity for the top scoring open and improver dogs, and the top 4 dogs from the Maiden final, to face off against each in great competitive spirit for a chance to compete in the Open Final.
Skillful handling, and maybe a bit of luck, decided the winners for the 2019 Open Championship.
Well done to everyone for a fantastic trial, and thank you for your support!
2019 National Open Champion
1st - $1200
The Queen's Trophy (Portrait of the winning dog by artist Linda Dening),
Framed Replica of the Duke of Gloucester Sash
Ross Dodge Memorial Trophy and Greg Prince Memorial Watch
Mr Tony Elliott with OK Indiana Buckles - 261
2nd - $1000 and Sash
Mr Laurie Slater with Zeefree Marlon - 256
3rd - $500 and Sash
Mr Laurie Slater with Wondara Jewel - 252
4th - $300 and Sash
Mr Paul Darmody with Wynella Maverick - 232
5th - $200 and Sash
Mr Mick Hudson with MGH Rabbit - 228
6th - $100 and Sash
Mr Barry Paton with Paton's Slim - 192
2019 National Improver Champion
1st - $300 and Sash
Mr Peter Oxley with Rivliln Jet - 180
2nd - $200 and Sash
Mr John Perry with ZOZ Nell - 176
3rd - $100 and Sash
Mr Paul Darmody with Wynella Maverick - 161
4th - $100 and Sash
Ms Carol Trainor with MGH Flight - 96
2019 National Maiden Champion
1st - $700 and Sash
Mr Mick Hudson with Marong Maddie - 174
2nd - $500 and Sash
Mr Paul Darmody with Wynella Maverick - 162
3rd - $300 and Sash
Mr Bill Davidson with Fleetwood Gallen - 153
4th - $200 and Sash
Mr Ken Jelbart with Evelyngra Midge - 148
5th - $100 and Sash
Mr Scott Smith with Echo Park Toby - 132
6th - $100 and Sash
Mr Geoff Gibson with El'shamah Gabbi - 95
The 2019 Open Finalists are
Barry Paton Patons Slim 91 67
Laurie Slater Zeefree Marlon 94 81
Tony Elliott OK Indiana Buckles 100 83
Paul Darmody Wynella Maverick 94 74
Laurie Slater Wondara Jewel 94 77
Mick Hudson MGH Rabbit 92 73
The Top 20 for the 2019 National Sheepdog trials was a true test of dog and handler and the results are in! Well done by all competitors and good luck for the Open Final!
Leigh Foster Me Mate Shirley 96 0 96
Laurie Slater Wondara Banjo 92 46 138
Paul Darmody McGlashan’s Gypsy 91 56 147
Peter Welch Buck 90 67 157
Barry Paton Patrons Slim 91 67 158
Peter Oxley Rivlin Jet 91 50 141
Carol Trainor MGH Flight 96 54 150
John Perry Del Rio Gem 90 65 155
Laurie Slater Zeefree Marlon 94 81 175
Tony Elliott OK Indiana Buckles 100 83 183
Geoff Gibson Gibsons Col 91 0 91
Paul Darmody Wynella Maverick 94 74 168
Julie Birkett Windeyer Gin 93 0 93
Geoff Gibson Swampoak Myha 95 0 95
Laurie Slater Wondara Jewel 94 77 171
Charlie Cover Oak den Bloke 90 0 90
Mick Hudson Ritchies Finn 97 26 123
Bill Davidson Longerview Bazza 97 0 97
Barry Paton Dodgers Sting 90 67 157
Mick Hudson MGH Rabbit 92 73 165
The finalists for the 2019 National Improver Championship are
Peter Oxley with Rivlin Jet. 91 + 89 = 180 1st
Carol Trainor with MGH Flight. 96 + 0 = 96. 4th
Paul Darmody with Wynella Maverick 94 + 67 = 161. 3rd
John Perry with ZOZ Nell. 89 + 87 = 176. 2nd
Finalists for the 2019 Nationals Sheepdog Trial Championships - Maiden (starting 2pm)
12. Geoff Gibson with El’Shamah Gabbi 95 + 0 =95 6th
61. Scott Smith with Echo Park Toby 84 + 48 = 132. 5th
72a. Ken Jelbart with Evelyngra Midge. 84 + 64= 148. 4th
86. Paul Darmody with Wynella Maverick 94 + 73 = 167. 2nd
87. Bill Davidson with Fleetwood Gallen 92 + 61= 153. 3rd
109. Mick Hudson with Marong Maddie 89 + 85 = 174. 1st