Muresk Arena. June 12th, 13th 14th.
Muresk was a new venue for some and an old one for others. Many trials were run at Muresk in the past, including the State yard and Utility, and the National kelpie field trial .
It has been many years since a trial was held there.
Muresk is a working farm that is also an Agricultural training and research centre.
It is an attractive venue, with the camping ground providing a lovely view of the trialling action. The cast was approximately 160metres. The sheep blended in with the hessian at the other end and caused a few problems for some dogs.
The novice sheep were young and solid and inclined to stand and stare at the dog and not move. This also caused some problems, but most people had their full time out there and a good chance to work them.
Time constraints necessitated a 12 minute trial so there were not a lot of pens. Also due to time only eight dogs ran in the final.
The open sheep were a bit touchier and more inclined to want to head back down the ground in a hurry, so required careful handling. Generally though, they broke in fairly well.
The weather was lovely for trialling but not for the local farmers who are desperate for rain after one of the driest and warmest May/June periods ever. It did get a little chilly when the wind sprung up but otherwise was warm and sunny.
1st. Di Cosh. Rosie.
Novice, judged by Rod Forsyth.
1st. Nick Webb. Morrilo Roy. 89.
2nd. Tony Boyle. Boylee Midget. 65.
3rd. Nan Lloyd. Nukennellup Dodge. 64. Kelpie.
4th. Jenny Whitelock. Coshies Charm. 63.
5th. Jenny Palm. Brindabella Manu. 62.
6th. Jane Dorrell. Cloverlea Cruiser. 61
7th.Colin Cosh. Tui. 60.
=8th. Karyn Buller. Badgingarra Barney. 59.
=8th Gibb Mcdonald. Gracehill Daisy. 59.
10th. Jenny Nolan. Ryans Jim. 57.
Improver, judged by Gibb Mcdonald.
1st. Ivan Solomon. Perengary Skip. 87.
2nd. Dave Lacey. Fleetwood Devil. 84.
=3rd. Jane Dorrell. Rocky Dusty. 83.
=3rd. Glenice webb. Davids Nina. 83.
5th. Nick Webb. Morillo Roy. 69.
6th. Jenny Palm. Brindabella Domini. 67.
7th. Peter Gorman. Pendalup Sue. 65.
8th. Colin Cosh. Coshies Heidi. 63.
9th. Frank Sutherland. Rocky Nikki. 61.
10th. Glenice Webb. Morrillo Doff. 59.
Open, judged by Colin Cosh.
1st. Ivan Solomon. Perengary Sasha. 94+83= 177.
2nd. Grank Cooke. Grassvalley Sky. 90+80=170.
3rd. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Lady. 80+80=160.
4th. Grant Cooke. Grassvalley Floss. 88+67=155.
5th. Peter Gorman. Princes Sally. 80+70=150.
6th. Frank Sutherland. Rocky Nikki. 82+65=147.
7th. Grant Cooke. Grassvalley Moss. 91+X=91.
8th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Johnny. 88+LS=88. Kelpie.
9th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Del. 79.
10th. Dave Lacey Akoonah Sherry. 77.
=11th. Richard Mcguire. Macs Gem. 75.
=11th. Peter Gorman. Grassvalley Polar. 75.
=11th. Ken Atherton Ramulam Punch. 75. Kelpie
Rod Forsyth's Barkervale Austin, showing how dry it was.
Colin Cosh and URH Smokey.
Glenice Webb's Davids Nina.
Showing just how calm the sheep were, up close and personal with the sweep dog.
The camping ground above the trialling arena.
Ivan Solomon and Perengary Diver.
Malcolm Seymours Euroa Nell.
Ken Athertons Ramulam Lad.
Phots and article by Nan Lloyd.