Barbara Evans and her trusty partner Claire, from Cessnock, fly through one of the classes at the agility trails at the weekend.
Barbara Evans and her trusty partner Claire, from Cessnock, fly through one of the classes at the agility trails at the weekend. TREVOR VEALE

Canines in elite skills challenge

LASSIE would have been given a run for her money at Toormina over the weekend.

The creme de la creme of sporting dogs were running, jumping and weaving their way through the Coffs Harbour Dog Training Club’s Winter Agility and Jumping Trials, which were labelled as “one of the best yet”.

“The weather was absolutely awesome. Everyone had such a good time we couldn’t have asked for better,” said Coffs Harbour Dog Training Club’s Michelle Evans.

A record of more than 880 entries were received from as far as the NSW South Coast to South-East Queensland to compete at the Rugby Union Grounds on Hogbin Drive.

During the competition, handlers and dogs had to negotiate a challenging obstacle course and compete against the clock. “The competition has been quite fierce and we had some very challenging courses.

“But the stand out local performer would have to be Jeff Cunningham, who won three titles with his two dogs Jordi and Snow. He’s been on fire.”



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