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Great achievement for man and dog

Great achievement for man and dog in Fawcett

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May 27, 2024

FAWCETT resident Aoidh Doyle and his Kelpie Whisper Snip have made some significant achievements in recent months.

Current achievements to date include, first in Cobber Supreme Stock Dog Challenge (SSD), first in the Cattle section, and highest scoring bitch at the SSD.

They also came first in the Australian Yard Dog Championship 2024, first in National Kelpie Field Trial 2024 and first in Open and the Championship at Victorian State Utility Championships in 2024.

Aoidh Doyle is originally from Gorey in County Wexford, Ireland, and now lives with his wife Darcy and their children in Fawcett. Aoidh and Darcy both grew up on farms and have learnt first hand the value of a working dog.

Aoidh is a shearing contractor and the operator of Whisper Kelpies and Livestock Services.

Darcy occasionally helps out and works as a shed hand, helping with the wool and penning up and sometimes getting the chance to muster.

On any given day they can take up to eight dogs to work to help move and muster stock.

They also own cattle and sheep of their own, which they run locally.

This is usually when the dogs get to help muster longer distances.

Aoidh has been trialling working dogs for the past five years.

In his first ever trial he was disqualified. Given his stubborn nature he was very determined to become the best he could become.

In Tasmania in 2022, Aoidh got his first taste of an Australian national title.

Again, he couldn’t settle and this time wanted to see if he could try and win the double, both the Australian yard and kelpie field trial.

The formidable winning streak kicked off on March 10 this year, after winning the cattle section, the highest scoring bitch and the overall 2024 Cobber Supreme Stock Dog Challenge in Mansfield.

They then set off for the Australian Championship Dog Trials. This year it was Western Australia’s turn.

A small town in the south-west called Mobrup held the 2024 Australian Yard Dog Championship. This event reflects the work done in the yard and shearing shed on the farm.

The challenging sheep and heat took their toll on a lot of dogs however, Aoidh and Snip had a solid first round score of…..

Image: Aoidh Doyle with Whisper Snip.

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