Wyreema the Modern Background

Gordie with Seany

Gordon with his mate 'Seany'

In 1964 Gordon took over the Wyreema Stud, It was a fortuitous turn of events as due to a protracted illness uncle Stanley had not been able to keep up to date with the changing needs of the rural sector. Gordon saw the need to change direction and seized the opportunity, beginning by purchasing back dogs breed by uncle Stanley, namely Wyreema Ned and a female, McMasters Copper, both by Fernhill Joker out of McMasters Misty. He then purchased from Les Tarrant a four month old magnificent black and tan pup in Rockbar Bassey and her mother, Elgovers Sue, in pup again to Kalari Basil. Another purchase was made from Bill Prendergast, of Cudgee, in an old brood bitch called Myall Jet. Finally, Scanlons Butch, from Bert Broham of Glenville Stud, was purchased for the equivalent of Gordon’s salary for one half year at that time.

It will be noted that every one of these dogs can be traced back in the current progeny of the Wyreema breeding program.

Gordon has represented Australia at the Bicentenary in Canada at the Toronto National Exhibition working four dogs. He has also given demonstrations in the main arena at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on two occasions as the main attraction working six to seven dogs and at other major cities and towns throughout Eastern Australia including Launceston.

He represented NSW in the Champion of Champions dog trial events in Perth.

Gordon has won, or been placed in many trials, the two most prominent wins were the New South Wales Field Dog Trial Championships and the Queensland Championships. On the lighter side he has worked these dogs on the Don Lane Show and has had a full documentary by the Leyland Brothers plus other smaller segments on television, including Bill Peach, working the Wyreema Kelpies.

In May-June 2004 Gordon travelled to Germany with Rick Sims where they ran a number of training schools for Europeans with interests in Working Dogs, regardless of the breed

June 2009 Gordie was again invited to Germany to conduct two two day clinics (workshops), on his way home Gordie visited South Africa to continue the Mega Merino embryo project.

Gordie with some of his many trophies

With Some Tropies