Mildura Weekly : Friday August 29 Vol 8 No 43
RIVERLAND 21 FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014 MILDURA WEEKLY.COM.AU Carter and Carter on the way, and that’s Gospel! • From previous page “I think we tend to focus so much on the bad things that we miss the good things. We have got a little saying: ‘That there are more good things happening in the world than bad things.’ “I find that in a little while watching news I find myself get- ting depressed. I think here in Australia we are shocking at deal- ing with grief. We just don’t give ourselves time to grieve.” Carter and Carter won their Golden Guitar in 2003 for their song ‘Candlelight and Kisses,’ which David said was about mak- ing time in life for the important things. “It is about how we spend so much time working that we don’t often spend time with the person we are in love with,” he said. Through the years the duo has had a total of 13 Golden Guitar nominations. They continue to produce an album about every two years. In late 2011 their sixth album was a country one – ‘To The Moon and Back,’ while in June this year they released the gospel album ‘Wonderful World.’ Both will be available at their Ber- ri concert. However, the Carters haven’t limited themselves to music, also producing books, including ‘Sto- ries Behind The Songs’ – which is just that – how various songs on their albums came to be written, and the meaning behind them. While that was a joint effort, Merelyn has also penned a solo book – ‘The Deepest Part of Me.’ The Berri Town Hall concert starts at 2.30pm, with tickets cost- ing $20 – great value for musi- cians of their calibre - they have nine national number one coun- try music songs. Carter and Carter are one of the youngest acts to be inducted into the Tamworth ‘Hands Of Fame;’ They have been awarded the Australian Independent coun- try music artists of the decade; have songs with a story and mes- sage – yet which are not overly gospel; and performances that will leave many people smiling. Their annual concert at the Tamworth Country Music Festival is always a sell-out – now River- landers have the opportunity to see them perform locally. By BEV STORY THE National Retrieving Champi- onship is being held near Waikerie today, tomorrow and Sunday, giving locals and visitors the opportunity to see highly-trained retrieving dogs demonstrate instincts that have been breed into them over centuries. The Waikerie region hosted the SA titles last weekend, however trail manager John Nairn, of Adelaide, said the national titles would pro- vide a rare opportunity to see the best in Australia this weekend. “This is the first time we have come to Waikerie,” John said. “The national comes to each State once every year years. The majority of dogs are coming from Queensland and Victoria. There will also be competi- tors from Tasmania, West Australia and SA among the 44 dogs entered. We get quite a good representation from around the country. It is a sim- ulated wild hunt.” Retrieving trials are only open to types of registered pure-bred gun dogs, with them and their handlers tested for obedience, and natural retrieving and hunting abilities in areas that imitate natural hunting situations. Dogs retrieve items that are cast from a mechanical thrower. They de- termine the depth of the fall of the game and must be able to hunt it out, retrieve it and gently deliver it to the handler. John said euthanised pigeons, rabbits and hares would be used at the national championship. The handler goes up to the firing range and ‘shoots,’ while the game is flown out via the mechanical throw- er,” he said. “The handler either di- rects the dog to find it, or sends the dog to pick up game from a hide. They pick them up one by one. Gen- erally there is two or three game in one site or run. You get to see the dogs and handlers in action – it is a team effort.” John said there would be a total of eight runs organised by Field and Game Australia Inc throughout the nationals, and people were welcome to head to Yarracliffs, near Waikerie, to see the action, with mornings the best time. “Friday we have two runs, finish- ing early afternoon,” he said. “Satur- day there are four runs, with two on the Sunday, and fewer dogs as they get eliminated.” All dogs will be pure bred gun dog varieties – with categories for spaniels, retrievers and utility dogs. Some of the varieties people can ex- pect are Weimaraner, German Short- Haired Pointer, Springer Spaniels, Labradors and Golden Retrievers. Overseas breeds included Britta- ny Spaniel, the Italian Spinone and Hangarian Vizsla. To get to Yarracliffs, cross the River Murray on the Waikerie ferry where the Devlin Pound Road will have a dog sign on it. People should take that road for about 5km then turn right. They should go to the as- sembly area on the flat, where some- one will direct them to the action. Member for Chaffey Tim Whet- stone, Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation, will open the cham- pionship, along with Dogs SA presi- dent Brian Parker, at 7.30am today. Official photographer for the event is Paul White, of Waikerie. Vetting of dogs starts at 7am to- morrow and Sunday, with trials to start at 8am. Presentations will be held at Waikerie Football Club Sun- day afternoon. Hunting with retrieving dogs goes back centuries, with dogs collecting dead or wounded game and bringing it back to their owners. These days it is mainly a sport, designed to demonstrate a dog’s obedience and retrieving ability. Riverlanders now have a rare opportunity to see these dogs in action at the National Retrieving Championship near Waikerie this weekend. A retrieval sport going to the dogs • GUN DOG: Heather Ellis, of Western Australia, competes at Waikerie in the South Australian titles last weekend, prior to the National Retrieving Championship today, tomorrow and Sunday. 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