Kelpie pup raises $7500 for This Is A Conversation Starter

The Working Dog Challenge donation lot raises fund for TIACS

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Auctioneer Harry Philips, Bowyer and Livermore, Bathurst, CTLX operations manager Brock Syphers, RLX regional infrastructure CEO Cye Travers and Koonama Working Kelpies' Nick Foster, Boorowa, and the eight-week-old pup which RLX and AAM purchased for $7500 with all proceeds going to TIACS.

Auctioneer Harry Philips, Bowyer and Livermore, Bathurst, CTLX operations manager Brock Syphers, RLX regional infrastructure CEO Cye Travers and Koonama Working Kelpies' Nick Foster, Boorowa, and the eight-week-old pup which RLX and AAM purchased for $7500 with all proceeds going to TIACS.

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A Kelpie pup has sold for $7500 with all proceeds going to the This Is A Conversation Starter (TIACS) charity.

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A Kelpie pup has sold for $7500 with all proceeds going to the This Is A Conversation Starter (TIACS) charity.

Auctioned off on Friday night, the black and tan male Kelpie pup called 'Bid' was kindly donated by Nick and Katrina Foster off Koonama Working Kelpies, Boorowa, and was purchased by Regional Livestock Exchanges (RLX) and AAM Investment Group.

RLX regional infrastructure chief executive officer, Cye Travers, said the TIACS charity is extremely important in rural Australia.

"RLX and AAM are supporting TIACS in a large way and this is another small contribution on behalf of both businesses," he said.

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Mr Travers said the companies would now look for a trainer to teach the pup before bringing him back to the 2022 Working Dog Challenge event in which he is eligible for the stand-alone trial involving dogs sold in the 2021 auction.

"He will then be re-offered will all proceeds going to the charity the next year," he said.

A keen eight-week-old pup, he was sired by the 2020 NSW Yard Dog of the Year Koonama Cracka out of Pilbara Trick, and was donated by the Fosters who hold mental health awareness close to their hearts.

"We lost a very close family friend last year to suicide, that is the main reason to donating the pup," Mr Foster said.

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A further $2000 was raised for TIACS from four donated lots of five bags of Cobber working dog food.

RLX regional infrastructure CEO Cye Travers with CTLX operations manager Brock Syphers and Koonama Working Kelpies' Nick Foster, Boorowa, and the eight-week-old pup which RLX and AAM purchased for $7500 with all proceeds going to TIACS.

RLX regional infrastructure CEO Cye Travers with CTLX operations manager Brock Syphers and Koonama Working Kelpies' Nick Foster, Boorowa, and the eight-week-old pup which RLX and AAM purchased for $7500 with all proceeds going to TIACS.

INTO THE FUTURE

Looking to the future, the 2022 Working Dog Challenge Trial and Auction will take place November 25-27, and will feature an additional competition.

"We are calling it 'The Working Dog Challenge' and it is open to any dog bought out of the auction this year," Mr Stephen said.

Dogs up to the age of four bought out of the 2021 auction are eligible to run in this stand-alone trial.

It will have at least a $2000 prize money incentive from The Working Dog Challenge and an extra $1000 if they were purchased through StockLive.

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The Working Dog Challenge Trial and Auction committee thanks its sponsors Zoetis, Cobber working dog food, Whites Stock Transport, Orange, and Thompsons Livestock Transport Services, Cowra.

The 2022 event aims to be the biggest and best trial and auction in the country, Mr Stephen said, and if the number of entries continue to grow the WDC organising committee said they would happily be able to accommodate an increase in trial dogs.

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