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Welcome to Wolston Farm, home of Ian Caldicott and Raven OKeefe, located in Scio Oregon. At Wolston farm we raise sheep, keep chickens, and train sheepdogs. We care a great deal about our animals and our land. We take every step possible to ensure that our animals are happy and healthy.
Via: Barbara Cooper AM / The Working Kelpie Council of Australia
In heats of 1897 trial the second conducted by the NSW Sheep breeders Association. The dogs were required to ‘round-up 3 sheep’ and put them through 2 passages between hurdles 4'6’ apart and then into a yard within 10 minutes. In the finals the time was extended to 15 minutes and 2 poles positioned 5 feet apart was substituted for the second set of hurdles.
The first sheep dog trails. Reference:
This unusual sport was being held in the Mackenzie Country as early as 1869 on Haldon Station. Messrs F.W. Teschmaker sold Haldon Station to Messrs A.B. Smith and Wallace for the sum of £15,250 in November 1867. The property comprised of 60,000 acres good sheep county, working bullocks, improvements &c and delivery was given after shearing. Dog trails were first held at in at Duntroon, North Otago in 1878 and Albury 1898. A.B. Smith, a Scottish highlander, loved the collie and was probably responsible for encouraging the first sheep dog trails on Haldon Station in the Mackenzie Country and his sons continued the tradition and made it a life long hobby.