Summary

Black and white photograph of men standing in a row with sheep dogs. One of the men could be Bill Clifton with his dog Kintyre Moy.

Bill Clifton was a well-known personality and drover who worked at the Newmarket Saleyards. Kintyre Moy was Clifton's trusted canine side-kick and excelled in dog competitions. Clifton started working with his canine colleague in 1947 until 1953 when Kintyre Moy was accidently killed at Newmarket Saleyards. Clifton recalls: "He was quick to listen to commands and always seemed to know just what move I wanted him to make and this was why Moy was so consistent". 

Kintyre Moy appeared in 68 sheep dog trials and came first in 18 competitions. He achieved second place nine times and third place twice. Some of his noted achievements included winning the Cooper Trial in Woolsthorpe (1949) and again at Yea the following year. He came second at Wangaratta and Nathalia and fourth at Fyansford. He was also the winner of the 1949 Payne Cup sheep dog trials held in Alexandra. The “Alexandra and Yea Standard” newspaper described the course as at the time as being “one of the hardest in the southern hemisphere and is a severe test for any dog”. By August 1950, Kintyre Moy won £330 in prize money. 

Bill Clifton and Kintyre Moy’s partnership has been immortalised in a mosaic installed near the Epsom Road Overpass at Newmarket. It was created by artist Elizabeth (Libby) McKinnon (see MM 112546).

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Line of seven men and one boy standing in a field with a crowd of onlookers and trees in the background. The crowd is standing behind a white picket fence. Sheep dogs are seated at the men's feet.

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Black and white photograph

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