The Bishop family had a hunch Boo Boo could jump, but no one knew quite how high.
The border collie-cross kelpie amazed many, not least her owners, and leapt a whopping 7.2 metres in Saturday night’s amateur dog high jump at the show.
Owner Carolyn Bishop said it was a series of firsts for the one-year-old champion canine.
“It’s her first time off the farm, her first time on a lead, her first competition, and now her first win,” Bishop gasped.
“I think she would be one happy dog.”
The rookie jumper sure wasn’t short of support either as spectators breathed a collective sigh of relief with every jump height passed.
Jumping mentors Anna Bishop, 6, and Annabelle Ranken, 9, said Boo Boo wasn’t too serious in preparing for maiden event.
There was no elite performance training by this Gunnedah dog, just her usual farm escapades.
“She climbs the ladder into the water tank,” Anna said.
“And she jumps into the cubby house.”
The local dog snared first place alongside joint winner and
former Boggabri dog jump champion, Puddin’.
Affectionately known as “Puddin’ Belly” to her Boggabri owners Anita and Holly Groth because it “just loves to eat”, the five-year-old kelpie-cross-collie was fast becoming a seasoned player in the jumping trade.
Puddin’ placed twice before at regional dog jumps in the area, including a win at last year’s Boggabri Christmas Fair.
But there will be little time to savour spoils for this talented pooch’s most recent title, with Puddin’ rostered on for mustering duties in Queensland later this week.
The amateur jump was complemented by the Backtrack dog jump presentation - an outreach program based out of Armidale designed to help troubled youth reconnect in the community.
Participants travel with the dogs to agricultural shows and exhibitions around the state to compete and perform demonstrations.
The Backtrack program spokesman said it was some feat for a novice jumper to reach seven metres. Most of their dogs he commented couldn’t even jump six metres when they first started.