Monaro set to host NSW Yard Dog Championships

THE Monaro Utility Dog Club is set to host the 2015 NSW Yard Dog Championships.

The working dog event, which brings together top competitors from across NSW, Victoria and Queensland, will be held at the Jindabyne Equestrian Resort in February.

Securing the event is a major win for the Monaro Utility Dog Club and will be the first time the club has hosted the championships.

The announcement could not have come at a better time with the Club celebrating 25 years later in 2014.

"This coming event will be an achievement for the club," president of the the Monaro Utility Dog Club Neil Lynch said.

""It will be the first time its been hosted by the club, but not the first time its been held in the area. Previously it was held at Dalgety in 2000."

The championships will run across two days, February 7 and 8, with between 60 and 70 competitors expected to take part.

Mr Lynch expects a handful of locals to be amongst the competitors with one dog already qualified.

That dog is his own, four-year-old Lil. It will be her first time competing at NSW State level, having previously competed in Victoria at a Championship level.

"We will be running encourage, maiden, novice, improver and open class dogs as preliminary events," Mr Lynch said.

"The championship will be run on Sunday February 8. There will be 16 regional qualifiers, plus high scoring unqualified dogs to make a 26 dog championship."

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