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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON
@alliedpress.co.nz

Dogs and their masters showcased their talents in Central Otago last week, keen to be the best on show at the Lowburn Collie Dog Club Trials.

People from Otago and Southland attended the event on Friday and Saturday last week, which gave them an opportunity to earn points towards national qualification.

Course marshall Brad Morton said six points were required to qualify for nationals, which could be earned at any of the country’s club trials.

Mr Morton said the number of participants at the Lowburn event had increased over recent years, along with the club’s committee membership.

“We have had a wee resurgence in numbers in the last two to three years and committee numbers have grown.”

In the field . . . Keith Lake attends the Lowburn Collie Dog Club Trials on Friday, where competitors were put through their paces.

Competitors were put through a range of tasks last week, each with the one aim – to get a flock of sheep to where they needed to go.

Another element added to this year’s event was a drone competition.

Participants used their own drone to muster the sheep.

The tool has become increasingly common out in the field, particularly among musterers.

Tony Buchanan, of Bannockburn, regularly uses a drone while mustering sheep with his dogs in the high country.

The device has saved him a lot of time, he said.

“Some days you can save two to three hours by the time you walk out to where you need to go, but you still can’t beat your dogs.”