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MEDIA RELEASE - Kelpie breaks world record at Casterton

12 June 2018

Say hello to the two year old Kelpie who is Australia’s new world record holder.

The male black and tan Kelpie was sold at Casterton’s annual Australian Kelpie Muster auction on Sunday for a staggering $22,200, smashing the previous record of $14,000 set for a working dog earlier this year.

The talented worker commanded the attention of the more than 5000 strong crowd in the demonstration trial, illustrating he could manage both small and large mobs, sparking a later bidding war to reach the world record working dog price.

Casterton Kelpie Association president Karen Stephens, who is also a Glenelg Shire councillor, said the record breaking price was “staggering”.

“This is a Kelpie which had been described pre auction as having a ‘big heart that could work all day’ – well he captured a few hearts and we are gobsmacked by this world record outcome,” Cr Stephens said.

“The record ended up being broken twice with an earlier dog breaking the previous world auction record by $2500; we were not expecting to reach the $22,200 figure only minutes later. It is an overwhelming result and testament to the vendor Christian Peacock and overall the quality of working dogs on offer at this event.

“Buyers are travelling from across Australia because of the quality on offer at this event. This top priced Kelpie was purchased by a local pastoral property owner and will be put to work doing what he loves best in the coming days.”

More than $261,000 was earned from the 50 dogs sold, sourced from nationwide post codes, reaching an average price of $5289 per dog.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the weekend Kelpie Muster festivities, which included the opening of the highly anticipated Australian Kelpie Centre.

A Melbourne-based Kelpie named Cork claimed the overall Kelpie triathlon championship with the aid of his owner Tristan Mioni.
Cork earned the top prize after finishing a dual winner of the iconic high jump event alongside Emily McMahon with her dog Will reaching a height of 2.68m and mastering the Kelpie Hill Climb, an endurance event scaling the dizzy heights of the town’s main hill.

The record high jump remains at 2.84m by hall of fame Kelpie Bailey, owned by Tegan Eagle.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the Kelpie Muster had grown to become one of regional Victoria’s most iconic events.

“It takes a whole community to successfully run this event and Casterton should be extremely proud to again wow spectators with their feast of Kelpie inspired attractions, whilst continuing to gain national attention for our region by again breaking world records,” Cr Rank said.

“The beloved Kelpie working dog has a way of touching all of our hearts for its mesmerising skills mustering stock, to being a beloved backyard pet keeping countless kids entertained.

“The Kelpie is playing a vital role in positioning Casterton on the touring map, with thousands expected to flood into town to enjoy our new Australian Kelpie Centre.”

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