Dowerin 26th 27th August. (Unofficial)
The two day three sheep trial at the Dowerin Field Day once again gave us the chance to demonstrate our dogs' skills at the largest farm machinery show in Western Australia. Unlike most of our trials, the trial was run on the Supreme Course with Supreme rules giving competitors the chance to practice for the Supreme Australian Sheepdog Championship which will be held in WA in 2016 - for further details keep checking back to this web site.
The sheep, which were red tag merinos, were well presented, in tremendous condition and proved testing for our dogs. In general they stayed together well but, when they did break, proved to be fast and strong and a challenge for even the best dogs. The dogs that did well tended to keep off the sheep but demonstrated the ability to keep them calm when they made their approach. However, even when the dogs did approach steadily the sheep often proved difficult at obstacles, especially at the bridge which brought about the end of many previously successful runs. Although in general the weather was mild the occasional strong breeze made some runs more challenging than others.
Novice - Judge Alan Dunn
1st Peter Gorman Pendalup Smudge 76
2nd Jenny Nolan Ryan's Jim 64
3rd Jean Hydleman Ramulam Sadie 54
4th Rod Forsyth Binnaburra Reece 36
5th Jenny Whitelock Boylee Talent 35
Improver - Judge Ivan Solomon
1st Peter Gorman Pendalup Smudge 89
2nd Glenice Webb David's Nina 48
3rd= Simon Leaning Marionvale Mindy 47
3rd= Simon Leaning Jandoree Jess 47
5th Nick Webb Morillo Roy 44
Open - Judge Jean Hydleman
1st Glenice Webb David's Nina 60+33=93
2nd Ivan Solomon Perangery Sasha 85 X = 85
3rd Peter Gorman Princes Sally 69 X =69
4th Peter Gorman Grassvalley Polar 59
5th Jenny Whitelock Jandoree Kinta 55
Thanks to Jean Hydleman for the report and results.