2020 working dog challenge to run in new format

By Rodney Woods

Twelve dogs from across Australia are gearing up to compete in the 2020 Cobber Challenge, to crown the country's hardest working dog — but this year's event will run in a new format.

The contest, now in its fifth year, will feature seven competitors from previous years up against five new contenders in an All Stars v Contenders battle.

As is always the case, each dog will wear a GPS collar to track how far, fast and for how long they work over a three-week period.

Throughout the competition, the dogs will be scored based on distance, speed and duration of work per day, with points accumulated based on daily activity to determine the winner of the Cobber Challenge trophy.

2016 winner Larry and his owner, Damien Clifford from Woorndoo in the Western District, are among the returning All Stars.

At seven years old, Larry is the oldest dog in the competition, but his owner said his loyal companion hadn't slowed down.

“Larry is a hard worker with a big heart — he just never stops,” Mr Clifford said.

Among the Contenders is Roudy and his owner Oliver Armstrong, a farm hand on a sheep, cattle and goat property at Bollon in Queensland.

“Roudy will work all day just for a pat on the head and some food,” Mr Armstrong said.

The 2020 event will be held from Monday, August 17 to Sunday, September 6.

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