Corrigin Yard Trial. 14th September
The Corrigin Show had a record 1600 people through the gates, a much larger number than in the last ten years so the organisers were very happy.
The one-day yard trial, as always, was well supported by the local community in Corrigin. On top of providing sponsorship the Corrigin Agricultural Society organized further sponsorship from Wagin Grainfeeds (bag of dog food for each competitor) and Rabo Bank, Narrogin Branch (port for the judge and wine for the winners of each class). We had an extra bottle of wine and our patron Tony Boyle drew the name of one trialer out of a tin for this. The winner was yours truly and amidst a lot of laughing, I had to show that all the names had been put in the tin!
The atmosphere at this trial is always lovely with everyone involved helping out. The trial course is set up the day before but taken down after the Saturday trial in record time. It would be lovely to have commentary for the constant stream of visitors but it would be hard to spare someone for this task from the small number at the trial.
The sheep were tough as they usually are at Corrigin. In the gathers, they were flighty and inclined to split and run, but in the draft they were not keen to enter and this caused a few issues.
Due to limited time for the trial the event is organized in rounds with only three dogs guaranteed a run per trialer. This means trialers with more than three dogs have their weaker dogs later in the program when the sheep are less willing to move! With a couple of scratchings we did manage to complete six rounds.
This year the course was different to previous years and most handlers enjoyed the change. There were only two gathers instead of the usual three. The first gather required dogs to bring the sheep around the handler before entering the force pen for the drench. This proved to be a challenge for many teams as is shown by the range of marks scored.
Novice (26 dogs entered)
Neil Whyte. Barkervale Cobber 84
Jim Harradine. Dryandra Cooch 79 BC
Rod Forsyth. Kumbark Tod 78
Phil Barker. Barkervale Ringo 76
Rod Forsyth. Grassvalley Hazel 67. BC
Marianne Rogers. Marionvale Aykeira 66 BC
Rod Forsyth. Barkervale Austen 63
Karyn Buller. Boco Louie 62
Ken Atherton. Badgingarra Champ 51
Marianne Rogers. Ok Anwenelle 46 BC
Open (28 dogs entered)
Nigel Armstrong. Yarralonga Scope. 188
Jim Harradine. Dryandra Bridie. 183 BC
Allan Dunn. Gogetta Thor. 174
Allan Dunn. Dunn's Harley. 171
Tanya de Bijl. Tilly. 165
Allan Dunn. Dash. 162
Nigel Armstrong. Tumutvalley Jude.161
Rod Forsyth. Kumbark Tod. 159
Jim Harradine. Dryandra Cooch 145. BC
Nigel Armstrong. Tumutvalley Roy. 142
Tony Boyle. Chillie. 127
Nan Lloyd. Kumbark Rocket. 122
Nigel Armstrongs Tumutvalley Roy.
Nan Lloyds Kumbark Ace
Jim Harradine's Dryandra Cooch.
Ken Atherton's Badgingarra Champ
PhIl Barker and Barkervale Ringo.
Results by Marianne Rogers.
Photos by Simon Wallace.