Wagin arena March 5th 6th and 7th.
Wagin arena trials are run in conjunction with the Wagin Woolerama, the biggest machinery and sheep show in WA.
It can be very hot at Wagin but this year the top temperature only reached about 32. It was still pretty warm out on the grounds though and many competitors wet their dogs before their run.
The sheep were young Merino Dohne cross ewes. On the first morning of the trial they worked quite well but as things warmed up they became a lot more difficult. The small ground and showground noises also contributed to their touchy behaviour. They were not keen to leave their sheep mates in the letouts and if given the opportunity they would tear back down the ground at top speed. Some competitors, after carefully working them close to the casting peg, watched helplessly as they grabbed an opening and raced all the way back down the ground again.
However dogs that managed to hold them and break them in found that they were quite good obstacle sheep and complied nicely thereafter.
A new system was tried where competitors started with a 30 point ringoff, but as they achieved each obstacle, the points were added to their ringoff. This worked well as people were rewarded for their efforts.
In the novice their were 75 entries and 13 scores, in the Improver 68 entries and 14 scores, and in the open 61 entries and 24 scores.
And some interesting information, in the open final the winner Grassvalley Moss also sired the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th 8th and 9th placegetters. Quite a family affair.
Novice, judged by Greg Dorrell.
1st. Simon Leaning. Marionvale Mindy. 79. Kelpie.
=2nd. Jenny Whitelock. Coshies Charm. 76.
=2nd. Richard Mcguire. Torbay Tom. 76.
4th. Nan Lloyd. Barkervale Oswin. 74. Kelpie.
5th. Rod Forsyth. Binnaburra Reece, 72. Kelpie.
6th. Nan Lloyd. Nukennellup Dodge. 67. Kelpie.
7th. Rick Janitz. Jandoree Lexey. 65.
8th. Nick Webb. Morillo Roy. 59.
=9th. Neil Eastough. Grassvalley Tinky. 58.
=9th Malcolm Seymour. Euroa Nan. 58.
Improver, judged by Jenny Nolan.
1st. Dave lacey. Akoonah Sherry. 91.
=2nd. Phill Dorrell. Ramulam Tippy. 85.
=2nd. Simon Leaning. Marionvale Mindy. 85. Kelpie.
4th. Colin Cosh. Coshies Heidi. 83.
5th. Nan Lloyd. Nukennellup Dodge. 80. Kelpie.
6th. Andrew Gorton. Just Murray. 72. Kelpie.
7th. Simon Leaning. Jandoree Jess. 69.
8th. Glenice Webb. Davids Nina. 67.
9th. Nan LLoyd. Barkervale Oswin. 65.Kelpie
10th. Jane Dorrell. Rocky Dusty. 58
Open. Judged by Marianne Rogers.
1st. Grant Cooke. Grassvallay Moss. 97+81=178.
2nd. Grant Cooke. Grassvalley Sky. 86+88=174.
3rd. Peter Gorman. Grassvalley Gem. 93+70=163.
4th. Simon Leaning. Chidlow Floss. 81+71=152.
5th. Ivan Solomon. Perengary Sasha. 98+52=150.
6th. Peter Gorman. Badgingarra Nell. 80+66=146.
7th. Peter Gorman. Grassvalley Polar. 98+50=139.
8th. Grant Cooke. Badgingarra Fly. 85+RTD+85.
9th. Grant Cooke. Grassvalley Floss. 80+X=80.
10th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Sugar. 78+X=78.
11th. Ivan Solomon. Somerville Tully. 76+X=76.
=12th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Ben. 71+X=71. Kelpie.
=12th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Del. 71+X=71.
Malcolm Seymours Somerville Lucy.
Jean Hydleman's Ramulam Kirrhi.
Richard Mcguire's Akoonah Bundy.
Nick Webb and Morillo Roy, at the pen.
Colin Cosh's Rosie.
Karyn Buller and friend intently observing and taking notes.
Wagin has a very narrow ground and a number of competors got into trouble when their sheep sucked onto the bridge coming down the field. Here Gordon Curtis's Binnaburra Ben works out how to get them away without crossing.
Grant Cooke's Grassvalley Moss, negotiating the bridge.