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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 16 March 2010) . . Page.. 931 ..

National sheepdog trials

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.54): On Sunday just past, I went to the championships of the national sheepdog trials in Hall. The championships are a wonderful celebration of rural and regional communities, farming, friends, family, the village of Hall and, of course, sheepdogs. The national trials began in 1942 to raise money for Legacy. The prestigious event has been visited by the Duke of Gloucester, Governors-General, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and many other dignitaries. It is Australia’s premier event and is very well regarded throughout the world.

The village of Hall punches above its weight. It is a defined and tight-knit community that evolves with the times whilst championing its rich heritage. The strength of the community is depicted by the huge community support the trials receive. The sponsors and supporters of the 2010 championships were Manuel Notaras, the owner of Parkwood; Peter Vest, the manager of Parkwood; Craig Starr, from the Gold Creek homestead; the Working Kelpie Council of Australia; Morris Bros Automotive in Dickson; Cusacks of Canberra; Ross Dodge; Sabine Muller-Glissman; Barbara Brown; and the Village of Hall Progress Association. In addition, I also thank Canberra Rural Stock Feeds, Greenwood Energy, Hall Premier Store, the Hall P&C, Hall Rotary, Hall vet surgery, Hazleton’s Hall Village Motors, Hudson’s at the Gardens, Jeir Creek Wines and the Wood Duck Inn.

I was very pleased to attend the dinner on Thursday night, which was also attended by the legendary Ian “Macca” McNamara from the ABC program Australia All Over. He led the crowd in a couple of classic Australian songs and provided much entertainment in what was already a very enjoyable evening.

I would also like to thank the Hall ladies sheepdog trial committee for their fantastic work in putting the event together. The ladies are Diane Aston, Marion Banyard, Garrie Greenwood, Angie Hazlehurst, Trish McIntyre, Margaret Morris, Margaret Monohan and Helen White.

Finally, if time permits, I would like to acknowledge the winners> For the 2010 national open championship, the judge was Mr Barry Paton of Koroit, Victoria; first place was Malcolm Taylor from Bridport, Tasmania, with Somerville Floss; No 2 was Daniel Stephens from Cobar, New South Wales, with Romlee Ray; third was Greg Prince from Dubbo, New South Wales, with Prince’s Whitey; fourth was Bruce Lang of Whitton, New South Wales, with Collis Nessie; fifth was Charlie Cover from Yass, New South Wales, with Windeyer Trish; sixth was Pip Hudson from Dubbo with Romlee Rain; and seventh was Bill Davidson from Hallsville, New South Wales, with Nardoo George. The Queen’s trophy and the Duke of Gloucester sash went to Malcolm Taylor from Bridport, Tasmania, with Somerville Floss.

The 2010 national improver championship: judge was Mr Barry Paton from Koroit, Victoria; No 1 was Graeme Henry from Ballimore, New South Wales, with Windeyer Suzie Q; No 2 was Bill Priest from Bunyan, New South Wales, with Riverside Blossom; No 3 was Leigh Foster from Tennyson, New South Wales, with Rockbarton Max; No 4 was Ray Polack from Dubbo, New South Wales, with Romlee Peggy Sue; No 5 was Jim Luce from Cowra, New South Wales, with Renow Ned; and No 6 was

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