Attaboy! Cattle dog trainer claims Sportsperson award
Brushgrove sugar and cattle farmer and metal fabricator Mitchum Davis was stoked to find out his achievements saw him named Jetts Fitness Senior Sportsperson of the Month for June.
The 44-year-old recently won the Maiden division and second in the Novice at the Australian Working Cattle Dog Trial Championships near Rockhampton with his canine friend 'Rango'.
"The dog done all the work," Davis said. "I was just standing there telling him what to do. Mostly whistles, but also 'get over' (right) or 'go by' (left)."
The win was something out of the blue. Indeed it was a stroke of luck that began with a bout of frustration.
"Rango wasn't even going," he said. "I was taking my father's dog, but he just wasn't listening to me. I couldn't get him to sit or come to me, let alone work for me. I guess he's a one-owner dog."
Davis made a last minute decision to turn around and untie Rango for the trip.
"I thought I'd take the old faithful work dog instead. Things happen when you least expect it."
Davis' national title win means dog trialling will feature in the Clarence Valley Sports Awards for the first time when the 2015 edition is presented by The Daily Examiner and Grafton Shoppingworld at Maclean Services Club on Friday, November 13.