Dowerin Arena. August. 27-30th.
The Dowerin arena trial is usually run as an unofficial event but this year Ballidu was unable to run their official trial due to lack of sheep and drought, so the Dowerin trial was made an official event to fill the gap. The trial was run on a supreme course.
It is run in conjunction with the Dowerin Machinery field days, one of Australias largest and most impressive field days, showcasing everything from farm machinery, vehicles, sheep and wool as well as lifestyle and leisure products.
The weather for the trial was quite pleasant and mild until the afternoon of the last day when the rain started. It quickly became quite heavy, making trialling miserable for dogs and handlers, although local farmers were happy.
The sheep were young merinos, not too long off shears and they didn’t like dogs. They were inclined to run and split at the drop of a hat and many dogs battled to keep them together. They seemed to work better for calmer dogs with a fair amount of eye, although if they became too calm they were then difficult to move. The bridge was the hoodoo obstacles and a lot of runs ended here as the sheep either refused to walk up it, split and caused a cross, or just did laps around it. There were not a lot of pens.
In the novice there were 36 entries and 8 scores, in the improver 39 entries and 14 scores and in the open 41 entries and 20 scores.
Novice, judged by Brad Rose.
1st Grant Cooke. Grassvalley Blue. 90.
2nd. Jenny Nolan. Nolans Emma. 63.
3rd. Jenny Nolan. Nolans Scout. 62.
4th. Rod Forsyth. Barkervale Austin. 56. Kelpie
5th Nan Lloyd. Kumbark Ace. 55. Kelpie
6th. Tony Boyle. Chillie. 49. Kelpie X.
7th. Helen Svalbe. Booninning Swag. 48. Kelpie.
8th. Jenny Nolan. Nolans Jedda. 47.
Improver, judged by Jenny Atherton.
1st. Gordon Curtis. Kumbark Indi. 89. Kelpie.
2nd. Brad Rose. Euroa Nan. 86.
3rd. Tony Boyle. Boylee Midget. 82.
4th. Jenny Nolan, Grassvalley Lilly. 77
5th. Grant Cooke. Grassvalley Blue. 73.
6th. Marianne Rogers. Ok Anwenelle. 66
7th. Glenice Webb. Davids Nina. 53.
8th. Ken Atherton. Coshies Deal. 56.
9th. Nan Lloyd. Binnaburra Stephie. 48. Kelpie.
=10th. Malcolm Seymour. Euroa Zoe. 39.
=10th Nick Webb. Morillo Roy. 39.
Open, judged by Marianne Rogers.
1st. Gordon Curtis. Kumbark Indi. 86+56=142. Kelpie.
2nd Grant Cooke. Grassvalley Fly. 88+49=137.
3rd. Malcolms Seymour. Olboa Jess. 71+62=133.
4th. Nan Lloyd. Kumbark Rocket. 53+79=132. Kelpie
5th. Jenny Nolan. Nolans Nancy. 46+63=109.
6th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Midget. 56+46=102.
7th. Gordon Curtis. Kumbark Tina. 47=54=101. Kelpie
8th. Ken Atherton. Boylee Pick. 56+42.=98.
9th. Gordon Curtis. Whites Joe. 71+X=71. Kelpie
10th. Glenice Webb. Davids Nina. 67+RTD=67.
11th. Ken Atherton. Ramulam Punch. 57+0=57. Kelpie
12th. Grant Cooke. Grassvalley Sky. 44+X=44.
Grant Cooke's Grassvalley Blue, novice winnners.
Nick Webb's Morillo Roy.
Jenny Nolan and Nolans Nancy, blocking a stroppy sheep.
Gordon Curtis's Kumbark Indi, Improver and open winner.
Tony Boyle and Boylee Midget.
Brad Rose's Belview Flier.
The backdrop for the trial.
Article and Photos by Nan Lloyd.