Charlie Cover was born in Coonamble in 1938 and started Sheepdog Trialling as a young man, but his career took him on other paths until he and wife Bow moved to Yass in 1988, where he took up Sheepdog Trialling seriously. The Windeyer prefix was registered by Charlie's father Ron in the 1950's, since that time there has always been a Windeyer dog competing in sheepdog trials somewhere in the eastern states and this continues to this day.
Charlie worked at ANU in Canberra and during this time he trained many athletes in High-jump and Hurdles. He now brings his passion for training and Sheepdog Trialling together to educate both dogs, men, and women in the art of Three Sheep Trialling. Charlie claims this sport is the most challenging because of the involvement of three different species-- human, sheep, and dog.
Charlie has had an active and continuing role in the sport, running the Henty Trial in the Riverina for many years. He has been the NSW Secretary for 10 years, and President of the National Sheepdog Trial for 6 years. This is now renamed the Greg Prince Memorial National Sheepdog Championship in memory of Greg Prince, winner of 16 National Sheepdog Trials.
Come along to the Trial and see these three species interact and the great team work between these magnificent dogs and their handlers.
Contributed by Bill Chalmers.