TAIL OF SUCCESS: Jo and Amelia  Thompson with their grand champion dog from the 2016 Inglewood Show.
TAIL OF SUCCESS: Jo and Amelia Thompson with their grand champion dog from the 2016 Inglewood Show. Contributed

Trials to find the top dog

ONE of the Inglewood Show drawcards each year is the hotly contested dog trials.

Running from early Saturday morning, the trials will see more than 25 runs per event, with competitors heading to the show from as far afield as Toowoomba, Brisbane and northern New South Wales.

Returning in 2018 after downpours resulted in last year's event being cancelled, chief steward Nat Daniels is keen to see proceedings under way.

"We've had some good rain again this year, but just enough to make everything beautiful and green, so I'm really looking forward to the competition on Saturday,” she said.

"This is about the fourth year of the trials and it's been growing a little bit each year, which has been great to see.

"I think people like to get out to this show and compete in the trials, because we're only a few hours from the major centre, and these yard trials are something competitors like to seek out.”

Handlers and dogs will vie for prizemoney in both novice and open sections.

Also running is a mustering bush dog event, which Miss Daniels said was a much more relaxed event, geared mainly towards locals.

"It's not quite as structured and serious as the novice or open competitions,” she said.

"It's a really good opportunity for local farmers and owners to try their dogs out in a competition setting and hopefully give them the taste to want to come back and enter one of the other sections in the future.”

The yard trials are a highly structured and busy event, testing both handler and dog.

The handler must guide the dog through a complicated series of tasks, earning points for fluidity and cleanliness.

Miss Daniels said there was nothing better than watching a good dog working the sheep.

"They make it look like magic and poetry,” Miss Daniels said.

"I really enjoy being a part of it and would like to do more trials, but work gets in the way.

"So I mainly look forward to this local event every year.”

The novice section will see $200 prizemoney split three ways and the open event will see $300 split four ways.

The action begins on Saturday at 7am. The six top dogs from each section will progress to the finals.