Dorrigo show was all action and excitement

HIGH jumping dogs and whip-boxing were among the unusual attractions at Dorrigo's 97th annual Show at the weekend.

Dorrigo's scenic and plane tree-shaded showground was a hive of activity on Saturday for the first day of the 2008 Show.

The big program attracted a big crowd and good gatetakings in spite of the gusty winds which roared through the ground during the afternoon, filling showgoers' hair with plane tree seeds.

Young Norco field officer Kellie Cook from Raleigh, and sponsored by the National Australia Bank, is the 2008 Dorrigo Showgirl, sashed by well-known Dorrigo identity Brian Darby, who also opened the Show. Kellie will go to the Zone 13 judging at Guyra in March.

Show president Sally Duckett said the special exhibit of red poll cattle were a feature of the beef cattle classes, with excellent entries and Jersey entries in the dairy cattle section had also been excellent, with a few Friesian entries from coastal areas.

She said entries in the horse section were 'back a bit', with some competitors from the west flooded in and some of the entrants in the goat classes had not arrived.

“Pavilion entries were really good and the vintage machinery was excellent.

“The gourmet food hall was full and the exhibitors were happy.”

She said an unusual exhibition of whip-boxing, in which competitors attack each other with whips, protected by oilskin coats and face masks, and had attracted much interest.

The dog high jump is a new event, introduced by a youth worker from Armidale, who teaches troubled boys to train dogs. The dog high jump saw Armidale dog Zorro jump more than two metres (7ft 6in) to beat Paul Roots' dog Skipper, while in the bush dog trials another border collie, Brian Darby's four-year-old dog, Roley, drafted his cattle with precision to beat the competition.

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