NSW Country Hour
By Michael Cavanaghh
Posted 22 March 2017 at 4:46 pm
Having a daughter who is the drummer for country music star Beccy Cole is an unusual entry into the world of sheep dog trials.
For Sydney woman Leigh Foster, that is how she ended up defending her New South Wales Sheep Dog trial championship this week in Molong, New South Wales.
After her daughter Ali sustained an arm injury ending her horse riding aspirations, she turned to sheep dog trials.
When music and the chance to play drums came along, first at the Conservatorium of Music and then with Cole, the sheep dog trials were also abandoned — but not before her mother had developed a passion for the sport.
"Going [to the sheep dog trials] with my daughter really started it," Ms Foster said.
"It was really good fun watching her and I accumulated more after she left and got a bit more serious.
"When [Ali] went off to live her life, that was it then [and] I decided I had to do this seriously."
It has led Ms Foster to become the first female New South Wales champion in more than 40 years and she was back at Molong defending her title this week.