Margaret River Arena, 18th and 19th October
Although an unofficial event Margaret River trials are always popular and usually the weather is warm and sunny.
This year however, from Friday afternoon the rain started and continued on and off, becoming heavy on Saturday afternoon as we finished the trials and packed up the grounds whilst sloshing around in the water. It has been a very wet spring down south of WA this year, but as rain is always welcome no-one complained too much. It did however put a dampener on the show which is run in conjunction with the trial and the crowds were down.
The sheep were challenging as they always are at Margaret River. Freshly shorn large corriedale crosses that quickly worked out the dogs that were lacking in strength. They were very keen to get back to the letouts once the dog was on them and many dogs struggled to hold them as they simply bolted back down the ground. It also became a bit dangerous for the letout staff, as on occasion the sheep simply smashed through the gate or went over the top in a bid to get back ‘home.’
The bridge was the most difficult obstacle and many dogs retired here or ran out of time. The rain didnt help as the wet ramp became slippery.
Despite this they were very good trial sheep and there were some high scores and a fair few pens.
Due to time restraints we did not run an open final.
There were 55 entries in the novice and 76 in the open.
Novice, judged by Jenny Palm.
1st. Simon Leaning. Chidlow Floss. 94
2nd Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Ben. 89. (Kelpie)
=3rd. Rick Janitz. Jandoree Sparky. 88.
=3rd. Rick Janitz. Badgingarra Izzy. 88.
5th. NIck Webb. Morillo Roy. 87.
6th. Bernie Jones. Bellview Teddy. 86.
7th. Nan Lloyd. Kumbark Rocket. 83 (Kelpie)
=8th. Glenice Webb. Davids Nina. 81.
=8th. Simon Leaning. Marionvale Mindy. 81. (Kelpie)
10th. Jenny Whitelock. Boylee Judy. 79.
Open, judged by Gibb Mcdonald.
1st. Marianne Rogers. Bellview Obie. 94.
2nd. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Del. 92.
=3rd. Malcolm Seymour. Euroa Nell. 90
=3rd. Tony Boyle. Boylee Mustard 90.
5th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Tuff. 89. (Kelpie)
=6th. Grant Cooke. Grassvalley Moss. 86.
=6th. Ken Atherton. Olboa Merle. 86
=8th. Simon Leaning. Chidlow Floss. 75.
=8th Simon Leaning. Marionvale Mindy. 75. (Kelpie)
10th. Nick Webb. Morillo Cinda. 72.
Gordon Curtis' Binnaburra Johnnie forcing at the bridge.
Johnnie never gave an inch and finally got his sheep off in impressive fashion.
Colin Cosh's Icy, facing the charge.
Malcolm Seymours Olboa Jess, who did some brilliant work with three very determined sheep.
Jess again trying some body blocking.
Ken Atherton was a popular man at the trial. Here he is assisting encourage worker Sue Doherty and
Ramulam Peg. (Thanks Karyn Buller for pinching my camera and taking this photo)
And here with another encourage worker, Helen Svalbe at her first trial with Boonining Swag.
Helen managed to pen with Swag and was fairly excited.
(Thanks Karyn Buller again for this photo)
Andrew Gortons Just Sam.
Photos and article by Nan Lloyd.