DOGS will definitely outnumber horses when the first farm dog trial at Mt Elephant Station is held on March 31.
The station was once host to more than 100 polo ponies before the Baillieu family sold out to new owner Ingleby farms, but more than 40 working dogs will ply the farm's former polo field when the trial starts in 10 days.
Organiser Zoe Crouch said mostly Kelpies from throughout Victoria and into NSW have been entered for the encourage, local, novice and open trial sections.
But Condah Border Collie trialler Michael Deppeler will also try his luck. Late entries will be accepted on the day or on 0427 008 017.
Prize money includes $500 for the open section and $300 for the novice placegetters.
Entrants will have to cast 300 metres around some crossbred ewe lambs, and bring them through a drench race, draft and onto a trailer, plus an outside obstacle.
Gary Sharrock's Victorian Yard Dog of the Year Go Getta Will will compete and first-time trialler Zoe will also be joined by some local station hands in the trial.
"There is nothing like having a couple of jackaroos and their dogs wipe off the others.''