Carcoar’s working dog challenge and sale livestreamed

Sheep Central, November 26, 2021

Ben Coster is competing with Coopendale Lucy in the Carcoar Working Dog Challenge.

A PROMISE of big money has attracted Australia’s top working dog trainers and breeders to the inaugural Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange Working Dog Challenge at Carcoar.

The three-day challenge with total prizemoney of $20,000 – the highest in Australia — started today and features a field of 300 entries for the cattle and sheep trials.

The challenge finals will be livestreamed on Saturday night through the Working Dog Challenge Facebook page

The inaugural sale on Sunday has attracted 50 working dogs and will be conducted by Stocklive. The auction on Sunday will be live-streamed through Stocklive  on

RLX regional manager for NSW Brock Syphers said the auction would help meet the growing demand for working dogs and it was hoped the three-day event would become a legacy event.

“The auction and trials are giving working-dog breeders the opportunity to promote their best genetics and showcase their well-trained dogs in both the competition and selling rings,” he said.

A feature event will be the Sire’s Shootout, with working dog stud sires going head-to-head under lights tonight.

“All studs competing in this will also be entering a dog in the sale,” Mr Syphers said.

“It’s not often you get to see the bloodlines that you want to bid on battle it out, so this will be a remarkable competition,” he said.

Well-known Kelpie trainer and breeder Ben Coster of Wandabar Stockdogs at Yass is competing and said the $20,000 prize pool made it a very exciting event. He is looking forward to trialling his open class bitch eight year-old Coopendale Lucy.

Challenge program

Friday, 26 November:

7am Cattle Novice/Sheep Maiden Trial

6:30pm Sire Shootout Calcutta

Saturday, 27 November:

7am Sheep Novice Trial

7.30am Cattle Open Trial

11.30am Sheep Open Trial

6.30pm “Milly Washbrook” Live band

Sunday, 28 November:

8am Sale Pre Works

1pm Auction

Livestock agent Tom Card from Bowyer and Livermore is predicting strong results for the Stockline auction. Click here to review the catalogue.

“It’s a big selling point to producers to be able to secure a dog which can work cattle as well as sheep in the paddock and the yards.”

The event follows a good results at the recent 10th Annual RMA Network Working Stock Dog Auction on 13 November when working dogs sold to $25,500 and averaged $7598 for 33 of 39 sold during the sale. At the Capree sale on 12 October, Kelpies sold to $15,500 and averaged $10,250.

For more information, visit The Working Dog Challenge Trial and Sale Facebook page.


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