WHAT A WHISTLE: Trainer Dave Bennett won his first NSW Working Stock Dog Championship. PHOTOS: SHANNON GREEN
WHAT A WHISTLE: Trainer Dave Bennett won his first NSW Working Stock Dog Championship. PHOTOS: SHANNON GREEN Shannon Smith

Bennett wins two titles with top dog Benrey Spring

WHEN it comes to breeding and training quality working dogs Dave Bennett is certainly not barking up the wrong tree.

Bennett and his best friend Benrey Spring polished off the Maiden and Open titles at the NSW Working Stock Dog Championships held at Maclean Showground.

To win both is almost unheard of. What's more it was Bennett's first state title after 15 years in the sport.

"I had represented NSW at nationals with her father Benrey Hank and grandfather Benrey Bill, but never actually won a state title," Bennett said.

"She's the fifth generation. As trainers we just try to hone in on their natural instincts.

"She's a really consistent, smart, clever dog. I'd actually just weaned pups off her the week before so didn't have long to train for it, she's always just been a bit special."

As farm foreman at Grafton Primary Industries Institute at Trenayr, Bennett has about six dogs in work to manage 600 steers.

Among them, four-year-old Benrey Spring is undoubtedly top dog.

"With job cutbacks the dogs are a big part of my team," the 41-year-old said.

Along with trophies and prestige, Bennett won a dog kennel donated by Mitchum Davis, who won the novice with his dog Woodford Jack for a Clarence Valley clean sweep at the titles.

Maclean Show Society organised the event with 42 dog handlers from Nowra to Warwick leading more than 100 dogs through 300 runs over the weekend.



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