• RepresentingVIC
  • BreedKelpie
  • Age11
  • GenderFemale
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At 11 years old, Cliché may be the oldest dog competing in this year's Cobber Challenge, but Sharon says her work ethic hasn't wavered. Cliché is dependable, loyal and very easy to work with. "When you're moving a mob of sheep, you can go to the front and open gate and you know she won't leave a single animal behind. If a sheep is down, she waits behind with it," Sharon says. Cliché has won numerous open yard dog trials. Her accolades include winning Victorian novice challenge as a youngster, coming 11th at the 2018 nationals. She's also won the dog section of the Stockmans Challenge at the Casterton Kelpie Muster for the past two years. Cliché is also supportive of Sharon's other interests and is very happy to be Sharon's mascot at horse events.

Sharon Barry

Sharon Barry quickly realised the value of a good working dog when she started working with sheep with the agriculture department (now under the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions) 27 years ago. She now is Farm Supervisor of the department's animal research station in Hamilton, in Victoria's Western District. There they run 6000 sheep and 150 cattle on 2500 acres. Sharon says a good dog reduces stress on people and livestock and she's participating in the Cobber Challenge to demonstrate dogs' incredible work ethic and value to Australian farming. "They work harder than most humans and do it day after day willingly with no complaints!"