He may only be 14-years-old but Ethan Davis of Brushgrove is well on his way to making a huge name for himself after winning the NSW novice working stock dog trials and coming equal second in the Australian novice trials recently.
The NSW and Australian titles were held near Glen Innes over two separate weekends during the school holidays.
Ethan said that he competed against 180 entries in the NSW titles, with 13 going through into the finals.
“In the Australian titles I was up against 223 competitors and I made it through into both the maiden and novice finals before equalling second place; only one point behind the winner,” he said.
Ethan has been working with his dogs Lass and Trudy for around three years and has had excellent mentors in his pop, the late ‘Happy’ Davis and his father Mitchum who won the maiden in the Australian titles last year, coming second in the novice.
Mitchum said that with his son’s successful wins, he’s become just a chauffeur now.
“He flogged me up there on the weekend,” said Mitchum laughing.
“I think I might have to become his strapper.”
“Happy (his pop) would be looking down on him and giving Ethan heaps.”
Ethan who has also inherited his family’s sense of humour added that ‘it was pretty good beating dad at his own game.’