Some famous furry friends will make their way to Casterton this long weekend to test out their mustering skills at the 2022 Eukanuba Australian Kelpie Muster.
Frank Finger and his prized pup Annie, winners of season one of the popular ABC television series Muster Dogs, will attend the 2022 Kelpie Muster which will go ahead after two years of forced modifications and gathering restrictions.
Frank and Annie will venture all the way from Northern Queensland and will mingle with fellow graziers and working dogs at the event, which celebrates the township’s claim to fame as the official birthplace of the Kelpie.
Casterton Kelpie Association president Karen Stephens was thrilled to welcome the celebrity duo.
“We are delighted to host Frank and Annie at the 2022 Eukanuba Australian Kelpie Muster, we know there will be many eventgoers who will be seeking out the Muster Dog winners to discuss training tips and even snap a selfie together,” she said.
“Frank and Annie will also be joined by fellow Muster Dogs competitor Rob Tunck, and the program’s producers, which will provide a mini-Muster Dogs reunion right here in Casterton.”
The Muster enters its 26th year with much anticipation and excitement, garnering a loyal event following and ongoing national media attention on programs such as The Project.
“On average more than 10,000 people attend the Kelpie Muster, and we are expecting crowd numbers to be even higher this year due to not only the regained freedom of travel, but our recent record-breaking Kelpie auctions and the strong fanbase the event has amassed,” Ms Stephens said.
“The three-day Muster features something for everyone.
“On Saturday we have the ‘Festival’ which offers a range of free activities and events including the Street Parade, Kelpie High Jump, Kelpie Hill Climb and the Kelpie Dash.
“On Sunday is Australia’s premier Working Dog Auction, which last year saw a national record set with kelpie Hoover selling for $35,200.
“And lastly, on Monday is the Working Dog training School, which provides specialised training for working dogs for those interested.
“Casterton will be swelling with furry friends and dog lovers this June long weekend, and we look forward to welcoming back many familiar faces, as well as many new first time Muster goers in 2022.”