Travis Ware declared national yard dog championship winner

Lucindale farmer Travis Ware and his dog Lace won the Australian Yard Dog Association championship in Dinninup, WA, last weekend.

Travis and Lace had the honour of being the first South Australian competitors to win the competition since 2000.

Travis is the first in his family to train yard dogs for competition and only got seriously into the sport a few years ago.

Dedicated to his dogs, training them every morning and night around his farming commitments at the Lucindale district farming property “Nepowie”, he has enjoyed a rapid rise through the dog trialling ranks.

While he was humble about the achievement, beating the best dog triallers in the nation on the other side of the country only a few years after seriously taking up the sport was an exceptional result.

“I thought I had alright dogs, and wanted to see how they shaped up against the competition,” Travis said of his decision to enter the trials.

His winning dog, Lace, is a four year old female. At the Lucindale State Championship Trial this year, Lace came fourth in the Lucindale Engineering Open.

Three of Travis’s other dogs – Lexie, Tex, and Hilton Park Cass – also placed highly in the state trials.

A week before the national championship, Lace won the National Novice Field Trial in Arthur River.

Rex Hocking, from Avenue Range, also breeds winning dogs. Rex placed eighth in the national championship, which is an incredible achievement for two Lucindale locals considering that the competition had almost 70 of the nation’s top dogs competing in the open.

Rex also did well in the State Championship Trial, winning the Lucindale Engineering Open with a dog called Washpool Tom.

Travis is also a talented local footballer, playing previously with Lucindale and currently playing A grade with Hatherleigh in the Mid SE league.