SA Working Sheepdog Trials
The South Australian Working Sheepdog Association held the CopRice Supreme Australian Championships at the picturesque Strathalbyn Football Club on the 22nd to the 28th of September 2014.
CopRice is very proud to be a major Sponsor of this event and similar events leading up to the Championship. We had an unbelievable response from the week, with every competitor that we spoke to commenting on the quality and value of our products. The weeklong event was well attended by competitors from all states of Australia except the NT, from as far away as Perth in the west and Winton the central north of Qld. The committee also needs to be congratulated on this outstanding event, everything ran seamlessly and organisation of the whole week was of the highest standard.
CopRice had the advantage of not only being the major sponsor of the event but also to have one of our very own employees' Lee Jamison competing over the weekend. With Lee not only competing in the Championships and winning the Improver Class but also representing his home state of Tasmania in the Interstate challenge.
The week was finished off with the Tans Tasman Test Series. With Australian & New Zealand Teams competing over three hotly contested rounds.
Last year Malcolm Taylor, long time sponsored sheepdog handler of CopRice, became ill and was diagnosed with cancer. At the time this meant Malcolm was unfit to continue training and competing with his much loved sheepdogs. Instead of leaving his champion dog Mocara Ed on the chain relaxing, Malcolm decided to lend Ed to CopRice employee Lee Jamison to compete with. This was an honour for Lee to compete with one of Australia’s best sheepdogs. The journey has been very successful for Ed and Lee, who has won several open trials in Tasmania, came second in the Tasmania Championships, missing the win by just one point, and securing the 2013 CopRice Champion of Champions Series win through consistent results over the year. This gained Ed and Lee a place in the Tasmanian team, to represent their home state alongside fellow Tasmanian trialler Bernard McGlashen with Mocara Ice, Ed’s full litter sister, also bred by Malcolm. Unfortunately they weren’t successful in taking out this year’s fiercely contested interstate challenge, NSW finished with the win. However, Lee and Ed went on to make the top 10 final in the Australian Supreme championships and ultimately finished 4th overall, a result I’m sure Lee is extremely happy with and proud to have achieved for Malcolm. Lee also competed with his dog Jamison Kimi in the Improver class and was successful in winning the competition.
The great news is that Malcolm’s health has improved, after some extensive treatment, and he has taken back Ed and gone dog trialling again, back in winning form immediately, winning the Hobart Show Sheepdog trial with his old mate Ed. CopRice, Lee and the sheepdog trialling family hope that Malcom can continue to compete for many years to come.
CopRice were so pleased with the response for the week we have pledged on sponsor to the Supreme Championships in 2015 (Tasmania) and 2016 (Western Australia).
CopRice Supreme Champion
1st - Jim Dodge with Pantons Cooper 262.0 Points
2nd - Bernard McGlashan with Mocara Ice 258.5 Points
3rd - Bill Davidson with Longerveiw Bazza 257.5 Points
Mallee Dipping & Mulesing Improver Class
1st - Lee Jamison with Jamison’s Kimi 179.0 Points
2nd - Susan Young with Ashen Bree 174.5 Points
3rd - Mick Hudson with MGH Boy 172.5 Points
Ted Gaby Interstate Challenge
Won By NSW Team Consisting of
- Greg Prince with Princes Timmy 251.5 Points
- Bill Davidson with Longerveiw Bazza 257.5 Points
Trans Tasman Test Series -
Won By The New Zealand Team consisting of
- Andy Clark with Lady
- Eion Herbert with Storm
- Bob Bruce with Skip
- Murray Childs (Captain) with Dice.
Above: Lee Jamieson, Malcolm Taylor and Ed