Mayanup State Championship Arena .
This year the state championship trial was held at “Yallambee,” Ken and Jenny Athertons farm north of Arthur river.
Much of the district is experiencing the driest spring on record, dams are low, feed practically non existent and even our showers were restricted due to limited tank water.
So a trial was at least one way of providing some temporary distraction.
The weather was hot and humid, quite uncomfortable for dogs and handlers, and a number of competitors retired due to the conditions. A few showers of rain cooled things off a little Fri night, but it was short lived.
The sheep were older Dohne ewes, woolly for the Novice and Improver and shorn for the open event. They were cunning, independent and difficult to work. They were not many pens, in fact it was hard to get them through any of the obstacles. They simply slipped around the side. The pen was especially difficult, and some fairly reasonable runs came to an end here as the sheep simply would not go in.
There were 51 entries in the novice, 55 in the improver and 60 in the open.
Novice, judged by Doreen Hansen.
1st. Connor Mconnell. Jandoree Blue. 43+55=98.
=2nd. Dave Lacey. MeMate Jack. 34 =47=81.
=2nd. Rick Janitz. Jandoree Sparky. 62+19=81.
4th. Duncan Anderson. Pages Bouncer. 40+RTD=40.
5th. Rod Forsyth. Barkervale Austin. 37+X=37. Kelpie
Improver, judged by Nan Lloyd.
1st. Simon Leaning. Jandoree Jess.83+70=153.
2nd. Vicky Dorrell. Ramulam Smokey. 75+55=130. Kelpie X BC.
3rd. Rod Forsyth. Binnaburra Reece. 58+30=88. Kelpie
4th. Dave Lacey. Fleetwood Devil. 76+RTD+76.
5th. Dave Lacey. MeMate Jack. 65+SCR+65.
Open, judged by Simon Leaning.
1st. Grant Cooke. Badgingarra Fly. 61+86=147.
2nd. Ken Atherton. Ramulam Punch. 55+74=129. Kelpie
3rd. Colin Cosh. Rosie. 67+57=124.
4th. Grant Cooke. Grassvalley Sky. 57+65=122.
5th. Phill Dorrell. Ramulam Tippy. 45+65=110.
6th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Del. 68+38=106.
7th. Frank Sutherland. Pendalup Sue. 74+29=103.
8th. Jane Dorrell. Rocky Dusty. 67+35=102.
9th. Nan Lloyd. Nukennellup Dodge. 57+40=97. Kelpie
10th. Dave Lacey. Fleetwood Devil. 51+45=96.
11th. Malcolm Seymour. Olboa Jess. 55+DQ=55.
12th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Ben. 50+RTD=50. Kelpie.
Jenny Nolan and Nolans Jim.
Ken Athertons Boylee Pick.
Richard Mcguire's Torbay Tom.
Gordon Curtis's Binnaburra Johnny.
Jane Dorrell's Cloverlea Cruiser.
Some interesting body language happening here.
Photos and article by Nan LLoyd.