Tarwonga yard and Utility. 2nd to 5th April.




The first yard and utility trial of the year was held as per usual at “Sunnyside” near  Arthur river. Sunnyside is owned by the Athertons and is on the Albany highway about 1 and a half hours south of Perth.

 The sheep for the standard events were young ewes. In the yard, these were tricky to work in the big gathers, as they kept breaking back on the dogs. They did however flow quite well around the course. For the field work they were fairly workable and there were  a fair few pens.

For the finals, older ewes were used.  These were much trickier and  some top runs came unstuck in the field work as occasionally one sheep would make a break for it and keep going. In the yard these needed a bit more pushing around, and jammed up more readily in the race and draft. 

The weather was fairly warm for the first 3 days but became cooler on the Sunday for the finals.

Tarwonga is a great social event and many yarns were swapped around the campfire. For added entertainment we enjoyed the Lunar Eclipse on Saturday night.


There were 29 entries in the Novice Yard, 29 in the Novice Utility, 30 in the Open Yard and 36 in the Open Utility.





1st. Geordie Batt and Libby.



Novice yard judged by Marianne Rogers.


1st. Tony Boyle. Boylee Burnie. 83. 

2nd. Hayden Harries. Ramulam Woofy. 82.

=3rd. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Lady. 72.

=3rd. Karyn Buller. Just Jed. 72. Kelpie

5th. Dave Lacey. Fleetwood Devil. 68.

6th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Sherry. 65.

7th. Andrew Gorton Just Murray. 63. Kelpie

=8th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Snowey. 58 Kelpie X Hunterway.

=8th. Tony Boyle. Chillie. 58. Kelpie X Hunterway. 

10th. Jim Harradine. Ryans Jemma. 56.


Novice Utility, Judged by Richard Mcguire. 


1st. Hayden Harries. Ramulam Woofy. 104+118=222.

2nd. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Lady. 107+112= 219.

3rd. Andrew Gorton. Just Murray. 124+88=212. Kelpie.

4th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Sherry. 110+95.5=205.5

5th. Ken Atherton. Boylee Cass. 104+89=193.

6th. Rick Janitz. Badgingarra Izzy. 101.

7th. Richard Mcguire. Torbay Tom. 100.

=8th. Gordon Curtis. Whites Joe. 99. Kelpie.

=8th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Burnie. 99

10th. Nan Lloyd. Just Otto. 98. Kelpie


Open Utility judged by Dave Lacey.


1st. Ken Atherton. Ramulam Lad. 121+108=229. Kelpie.

2nd. Hayden Harries. Ramulam Woofy. 118+106=224. 

3rd. Hayden Harries. Olboa Ben. 117+1=6=223.

4th. Tony Boyle. Boyell Sugar. 113+101=214.

5th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Del. 116+97.5=213.5. (Judged by Andrew Gorton and Ken Atherton.)

6th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Lady. 112+97.5=209.5. (Judged by Ken Atherton and Andrew Gorton.)

7th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Johnny.  108+99=207. Kelpie.

8th. Richard Mcguire. Mac’s Harry. 108+97=205.

9th. Ken Atherton Ramulam Punch. 102+93=195. Kelpie.

10th. Doreen Hansen. Jandoree Molly. 113+71=184.

11th. Rick Janitz. Jandoree DotCom. 102+81=183.

12th. Richard Mcguire. Torbay Tom. 122+RTD=122.


Open Yard Judged by Andrew Gorton. 


1st. Hayden Harries. Olboa Ben. 88+94=182.

2nd. Tony Boyle. Boylee Sugar. 84+90=174.

3rd. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Sasha. 90+82=172. Kelpie.

4th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Ben. 94+77=171. Kelpie.

=5th. Rick Janitz. Jandoree DotCom. 83+87=170.

=5th. Rod Forsyth. Binnaburra Milo. 89+81=170. Kelpie

7th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Del. 86+76=162.

8th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Jess. 85+73=158. Kelpie.

9th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Stefanie. 81+70=151.

10th. Ken Atherton Ramulam Lad. 83+67=150. Kelpie.

11th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Lady. 87+50=137.

12th. Tanya De Bijl. Tilly. 83+DQ=83. Kelpie.


Encourage winner, 10 year old Geordie Batt and Libby, assisted by Gordon Curtis.


Richard Mcguires Torbay Tom.


Jenny Whitelocks Boylee Judy.


Dave Lacey's Akoonah Sherry.


Tany De Bijl's Daleview Missy.


Jim Harradine and Ryans Jemma.



More spectators.


Tony Boyles Boylee Sugar.


Hayden Harries, Ramulam Woofy.


Photos and article by Nan Lloyd

















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