Albany Arena Trial
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th November
Friendly, fine and windy would best describe the Great Southern Arena Trial held at the 2019 Albany Show this year. The sheep were challenging as always but quite workable for the right combination of dog and handler. They were a mix of ewes and wethers from Colin Ayers, who has supplied sheep for the Albany Trial for some years now.
With some triallers away competing in the eastern states and some last minute cancellations, entries were on the low side, allowing for a pleasantly relaxed pace and 15 minute runs throughout. Having the luxury of a little spare time after finishing the first round of the Open on Saturday afternoon, we tried something new: some on-ground training opportunities. These up-to-six-minute sessions to work on a particular problem, with advice on offer, proved popular. Thank you to the non-participants who freely offered their support.
Only the three finals were left for Sunday, so we finished in good time to pack up, do presentations and start the long journey home. Although some question the need for a Novice final, it does prove the worth of the dog to be elevated to Improver level, as it is then also qualified to enter the Supreme trials.
The sheep were more cooperative in the mornings and it was interesting to see the majority of high scoring runs come early in the day. Results deserving of special mention are Des Davies (an encourage worker) coming 2nd in the Improver with Marionvale Bella, and Karyn Buller qualifying for all three finals with her home-bred Kelpie Boonining Maisie.
CONGRATULATIONS to all place getters….see results listed below.
Des Davies - Marionvale Bella Judge Marianne Rogers
Novice (30 entries 8 scores) Judge Tim Foster, Final Yvonne Haynes
1 Peter Gorman – Pendalup Cloudy 88+62=150
2 Marianne Rogers – Marionvale Aykeira 69+74=143
3 Tony Boyle – Boylee Major 70+54=124
4 Gibb Macdonald-Gracehill Daisy 61+59=120
5 Karyn Buller – Boonining Maisie 83+X=83 Kelpie
6 Simon Leaning – Marionvale Andy 59+X=59
7 Rick Janitz – Ramulam Bee 59+X=59 Kelpie
8 Des Davies - Marionvale Bella 50
Improver (33 entries 6 scores) Judge Neil Eastough, Final Yvonne Haynes
1 Brad Rose – Bellview Holly 62+69=131
2 Des Davies - Marionvale Bella 50+50=100
3 Peter Gorman – Pendalup Nicki 78+X=78
4 Gibb Macdonald -Gracehill Daisy 71+Rtd=71
5 Karyn Buller – Boonining Maisie 50+Scr=50 Kelpie
6 Helen Svalbe – Boonining Swag 44+Scr=44 Kelpie
Open (45 entries 15 scores) Judge Peter Gorman
1 Ivan Solomon – Rocky Fran 91+83=174
2 Tony Boyle – Boylee Midget 59+89=148
3 Grant Cooke – Grassvalley Sky 70+73=143
4 Ivan Solomon – Perangery Sasha 64+70=134
5 Simon Leaning – Chidlow Floss 62+71=133
6 Karyn Buller – Boonining Maisie 68+57=125 Kelpie
7 Ivan Solomon – Perangery Di 65+52=117
8 Nick Webb - Morillo Cinda 58+55=113
9 Nick Webb - Morillo Roy 53+53=106
10Len Morton - Perangery Sadie 48+55=103
11 Rick Janitz – Ramulam Bee 78+X=78 Kelpie
12 Grant Cooke – Badgingarra Fly 53+DQ=53
Corey Rose with Boylee Pick won the Cocoacina Trophy for Novice handler with most points in the Dog of the Year competition.
The Dog of the Year.
WINNER: Peter Gorman with Coshies Dusty on 53.71 points.
Runner up: Ivan Solomon with Perangery Sasha on 52 points
Breeder of the Dog of the Year was Colin Cosh.
OUR THANKS GO TO STIRLING CLUB FOR ASSISTANCE SO WILLINGLY GIVEN,
TO KINGSLEY AND HIS WONDERFUL BAND OF HELPERS FROM THE ALBANY AG SOCIETY, WHO DO SO MUCH TO ASSIST US EACH YEAR AND FOR WHOM NOTHING IS TOO MUCH TROUBLE.
Peter Gorman – Pendalup Cloudy
Marianne Rogers – Marionvale Aykeira
Brad Rose – Bellview Holly
Des Davies - Marionvale Bella
Ivan Solomon – Rocky Fran
Tony Boyle – Boylee Midget
Corey Rose with Boylee Pick winner of the Cocoacina Trophy
The Dog of the Year. Peter Gorman with Coshies Dusty
Open Winners. Ivan Solomon, Tony Boyle, Grant Cooke,
Improver Winners. Brad Rose, Des Davies, Peter Gorman,
Gibb MacDonald, Karyn Buller.
Novice Winners. Peter Gorman, Marianne Rogers, Tony Boyle,
Gibb MacDonald, Karyn Buller.
Article by Marianne Rogers Photos Simon Wallace