Dogs show why they're a farmers best friend at the NSW Working Cattle Dog Championships

Some of the state's best working dogs and their handlers were put through their paces at the three-day NSW Working Cattle Dog Championships at Rappville at the weekend.

It was the first major community event since the fires swept through in 2019, and gave the village a much needed boost as it continues its recovery.

Covid restrictions forced organisers to scale back some of the extra activities planned including the markets and live music, but the event was well attended and enjoyed by those who came along.

"The Covid restrictions added an extra challenge we were not expecting, but in true Rappville fashion we rolled up our sleeves and got on with it," said Rappville Sporting Facilities Committee spokesperson Geoff McLennan.

Mr McLennan said dogs and their handlers travelled from as far as Gunnedah and Singleton to compete.

Dick Chapman of Murwillumbah and his dog Panda were declared the champions of the Open Section.

Photographer Peter Derrett was there to capture these images.