BackTrack boys to perform at Tenterfield Show 2019

Prince Harry runs one of the BackTrack dogs through the high jump as Duchess Meghan watches on during the royals' recent visit to Dubbo. BackTrack will also be performing at the Tenterfield Show. Photo: Dean Lewins
Prince Harry runs one of the BackTrack dogs through the high jump as Duchess Meghan watches on during the royals' recent visit to Dubbo. BackTrack will also be performing at the Tenterfield Show. Photo: Dean Lewins

The Tenterfield Show is just a couple of months away and organisers are starting to roll out announcements of the special attractions at the 2019 show, on February 8 and 9.

Armidale’s BackTrack team will make a welcome return and the Show Society did well to secure them now that they’re starring in their own movie and recently enjoyed a royal engagement.

The BackTrack youth program, run by jackaroo Bernie Shakeshaft, gives at-risk young people a safe place to continue their education and pursue their dreams.

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In the last 10 years more than 1000 young people have passed through the BackTrack doors and in that period the local crime rate has dropped by more than 50 per cent.

As part of the program, the team works with Bernie’s dog jumping team to learn discipline and self reliance and travel to local shows to compete and stage demonstration.

The program is the subject of an acclaimed documentary BackTrack Boys which follows the team over two years as they try to find their place in the world.

During the 2019 Tenterfield Show, the BackTrack team will be holding dog jumping demonstrations. 

“BackTrack have previously been a popular feature of the Tenterfield Show and we are excited to welcome them back in 2019,” Tenterfield Show Society president Matt Duff said.

“They’ll be part of great program which will also feature the comedy whip cracking duo, the Crack-Up sisters, and the Mini Kids Bouncy Rodeo.

“New events this year will include Yard Dog Trials and a Bushman’s Challenge.  

“We’ve chosen the theme Young at Heart and we hope that the Tenterfield community will help us to celebrate the youth of the town as well as those who are young at heart.

The Young at Heart theme will be reflected throughout the 2019 show schedules. Schedules for the Floriculture, Fine Arts, Cooking, Junior Arts, Poultry, Sheep and Wool, Showjumping and Chainsaw and Post Ripping sections are now available on the Tenterfield Show Society website and more will be added as they are released.

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