Handlers from Canberra to Brisbane will converge on Port Macquarie for this weekend’s agility and jumping trials.
There are just under 700 entries for the two day event.
Port Macquarie Hastings Kennel and Obedience Club hosts the event and treasurer Betty Lambert said several high standard handlers will be participating.
“We have handlers who have represented at state and national title level coming to Port Macquarie this weekend,” Mrs Lambert said.
“Our club hosts two of these events a year – one in May and the other in August. While we do have some top line handlers coming along our event certainly caters to everyone.
“This event will see handlers competing in novice, excellent and masters with some locals competing at the highest level for the first time.”
Mrs Lambert said handlers needed to secure a certain number of passes to progress through the categories.
Each level gets harder to navigate and the time allocated reduces accordingly.Betty Lambert
“Each level gets harder to navigate and the time allocated reduces accordingly,” she added.
The club will return to Charlie Watt Oval at Telegraph Point for just the second time for the titles, a move that Mrs Lambert supports.
“We previously hosted our events at Tuffins Lane but there were some restrictions.
“The club has opted to move to Charlie Watt because is being under utilised but it is actually a very good venue for competing.
“It also suits our equipment and provides a better viewing from the banked areas. It is just a good, all round venue.”
Port Macquarie Hastings Kennel and Obedience Club boasts about 200 members and caters to a wide range of needs from competition to basic obedience classes.
The ability and jumping trials are at Charlie Watt Oval, Telegraph Point on Saturday from 8.30am until 3.30pm and Sunday from 8am until 3pm.
The club has been in operation for about 60 years.