The Casterton Kelpie Association's (who hosts the muster) President, Karen Stephens said "It was a fantastic weekend, we had visitors from all over Australia and it was a record crowd. It was extra special to see the faces on the children who all looked happy and excited. Next year we will celebrate 20 years and planning is already underway to make this the Super Muster for our celebrations."
Karen said "we have over 300 volunteers who help throughout the weekend, with the oldest volunteer being 86 - a testimony to how the Muster brings everyone together."
Everyone enjoyed the festival on Saturday, with free family fun filled activities and on Sunday, Australia's Premier Working Dog Auction where the top priced dog was sold - Bagalla Bart, 20m Red and Tan Kelpie sold by Ian O'Connell to Angus Kirton of Walcha, NSW for $11,000.
On Saturday, the activities started with the Poet's Breakfast then Casterton comes alive with the Street Parade showcasing a specacular array of floats, with the 1st prize going to the Casterton Hospital and then we howled off with the Kelpie Events where the King of the Kelpies was Ian Roberts of Grassdale, Victoria with his dog Nudge. Ian has been the bridesmaid twice and was now the 'bride' as he stated.
The hotly contested Kelpie High Jump had over 70 entries with the event won by Tegan Eagle of Croydon with Bailey. The Kelpie Dash was won by Sally Henderson of Williamstown with Jett and the Kelpie Hill Climb was won by Jodi Dowling of Sunbury with her amazing kelpie, River.
The Stockman's Challenge had many legendary stockmen and this year was won by two-time winner of camp drafting's Melbourne Cup, the Warwick Gold Cup by Michael Hiscock.
The $8,000 RMA Network Working Dog Futurity was won by NSW Breeder Andrew Kennedy who returned with the dog he bred and sold for $9,000 in 2013 to Peter and Beth Sandral, AKennedy's Choker to win with 242 points. Livestock Contractor - Travis Scott and Chevy were second with 225 points and Monte Warren and Steph in their first trial with 132 points.
People shopped and mingled watching the novelty events, visited the Casterton Kelpie Association Acquisitive Art Show with this year's guest arist being Jason Roberts. The Photo Competition was inspiring and very difficult to judge who was the winner of each category.