Wrangling dogs and sheep is hard enough without having to deal with a global pandemic.
But just as Sarah Sydrych was preparing for the finals of the National Sheep Dog Trials in the ACT last year, her world went into a “spin”.
The Governor-General had arrived at the Hall Showgrounds for the 77th annual championship event and dogs and their owners were about to compete for the winner’s sash.
The coronavirus pandemic was just beginning, but signs of what was to come started with a murmur at the showgrounds on the outskirts of Canberra.
“Somewhere near lunchtime someone said, ‘Everything is going into lockdown, what are we going to do’?” Ms Sydrych said.
“I got a shock on that last day. The Governor-General [Major General David Hurley] was…