GALLERY: Monaro Utility Dog trials see Chris and Beaver come out on top

THE MONARO Utility Dog Club celebrated its third trial in the comfort of the indoor dressage arena at the Jindabyne Equestrian Resort on Saturday from 7.30am to 7.30pm.

Well-known trialler, judge and trainer Chris Sellars from Brungle (near Tumut) took out the top Open event with his classy all black Kelpie Beaver - with 192 points. The close, thrilling final saw some bad luck with some break aways and jammed sheep in races, creating challenges for the competitors.

One of the event organisers Neil Lynch of Cooma said the committee was very happy with strong interest shown in the dog trial with a good crowd of spectators visiting the indoor arena throughout the day.

"The set up for the event proved to be a difficult and challenging obstacle course for the Maiden and Novice dogs and their handlers," Mr Lynch said.

Celebrating its 25th year, Mr Lynch thanked all the many sponsors and supporters of the trial, the helpers and committee members which made for such a successful event.

Snowy Mountains Yard Dog Trial results:

Place - handler - dog - points

Encourage Class

1st - Bec Martin - Tiges - 94

2nd - Keira Moroney - Costa - 91

3rd - Peter Sutton - Ruby - 85

4th - Ben Johnson - Lucy - 84

Maiden Class

1st - Matt Lucas - Tink - 85

Equal 2nd - Adam James - Liz - 84

Equal 2nd - Nathan Cayfe - Kelly - 84

3rd - Peter Sutton - Scamp - 160

Novice Class

1st - Matt Sherwood - Mindy - 179

2nd - Chris Sellars - Slim - 177

3rd - Nathan Cayfe - Kelly - 172

4th - Stephen Sellars - Moss - 168

Unplaced - Phillip Jame - Samie - 160

Open Class

1st - Chris Sellars - Beaver - 192

2nd - Neil Lynch - Lil - 189

3rd - Kevin Howell - Rambo - 185

4th - Chris Sellars - Bud - 185

unplaced - Peter Darmody - Butch - 176

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