State Yard Dog Championships at Loxton Show

MEDIA RELEASE  26 September 2014

Loxton Show



State Yard Dog Championships at Loxton Show

Premiere event at the premier show of the River

The Loxton Show will host the 2014 South Australian Yard Dog Championships on the October Long Weekend.

The 95th Loxton Show will host what is set to be one of the biggest state trials in recent history. There will be over 90 dogs competing at the event from across the country. State Yard Dog President Lee Mickan said there is expected to have tough competition with about 12 handlers from across SA and Victoria taking part in this year’s championship.

The Loxton Show first held yard dog trials in 2007. It is increasingly popular with people, shown by demonstrations at the recent Royal Adelaide Show.

This is the first time Loxton has hosted the State Competition and Loxton Show President Barry Mangelsdorf is excited to add to the long line-up of entertainment at the Loxton Show.

“The show celebrates the success and achievements of the region. Young people, like Lee Mickan, exemplify why the show exists, and the future of agriculture in the Loxton district.”

“The Loxton Show won the 2014 Australia Day Event of the Year Award, and the community of Loxton really support great events. We’re fortunate in Loxton with the sense of community spirit is really strong “said Mr Mangelsdorf.

Mr Mangelsdorf says that the success of the Loxton Show, attributed to the strong team of Management, Conveners and Stewards, attracts the highest quality of entertainment, exhibits and show rides.

Yard dog trials are similar to sheep dog trials however include more yard work, loading the sheep for drenching and transport.

Mr Mickan placed 4th at the recent 2014 National Titles, and will be looking at defending his state title after winning at the 2013 Karoonda Farm Fair.

The State Yard Dog Championships will be held over three days. Saturday 4th October will be Novice, Sunday 5th will be the first round of qualifying, Monday 6th October will be the Championships.

On top of the Yard Dogs, the Show has two days of family entertainment spread across the grounds. These include the Nippy’s Young Farmer Challenge, Riverland Obedience Dogs, and Destiny Farm Wildlife Park who will educate the community about their animal and reptiles which include snakes and crocodiles.

In celebrating the “Year of Farming Family”, the feature is the vintage tractors.

Loxton Show President Barry Mangelsdorf said the event provides a unique opportunity for the community of the Riverland to see the premiere event, demonstrating many aspects of agriculture in the Riverland and Mallee.


For further information,CONTACT:

Barry Mangelsdorf, President Loxton Show 0409 687 557

Kaylene Nickolai, Secretary Loxton Show 0497 147 890

Lee Mickan, President South Australian Yard Dogs Association 0427 820 712