Tarwonga State yard and Utility. Sep 5th to 8th.
The state yard and utility was the last yard and utility trial for the year. Tarwonga state is usually held in April but due to problems with sheep availability, it was moved to September.
A new course was designed for the event, and despite a few minor issues it worked very well. It was challenging and required thinking and good dog control..
The sheep were young Dohnes crosses and they were not easy to work. The calmer softer dogs generally had better runs. In the paddock the sheep did not like being hurried or over headed and would run, split or jump fences if they were pressured too much.
In the large yards the gathers required a dog with good cover and force, but care was needed in the smaller yards as the sheep quickly packed into corners. For the most part the draft was the difficult section, and many people had difficulty getting the sheep to flow.
For the finals the truck was the hoodoo with the sheep galloping on but refusing to come off.
The weather was excellent, it got a little warm on Sat afternoon and on Fri morning there was an unexpected chilling frost.
A shower of rain Sat night interupted the BBQ but freshened things up for the finals on Sun.
There were 30 entries in the Novice yard, 28 in the Novice utility, 39 in the Open yard and 38 in the Open utility.
Overall there were 58 kelpie entries and 87 BC entries.
Yard scores were out of 85 and Utility scores were out of 140.
Novice Utility, judged by Marianne Rogers.
1st. Simon Leaning and Chidlow Floss. 96. BC
2nd. Karyn Buller and Badgingarra Barney. 93. Kelpie.
3rd. Jenny Palm and Badgingarra Lisa. 88. BC.
=4th. Simon Leaning and Marionvale Mindy. 83. Kelpie.
=4th. Simon Leaning and Jandoree Jess. 83. BC.
Novice yard, judged by Andrew Gorton.
1st. Simon Leaning and Chidlow Floss. 76. BC.
2nd. Simon Leaning and Marionvale Mindy. 62 Kelpie.
3rd. Karyn Buller and Just Jed. 60. Kelpie.
4th. Rick Janitz and Jandoree Sparky. 59 BC.
5th. Richard Mcguire and Mac’s harry. 55 BC.
Open Utility, Judged by Gordon Curtis.
1st. Karyn Buller and Badgingarra Barney. 94+105=199. Kelpie.
2nd. Ken Atherton and Ramulam Gus. 94+99=193. BC.
3rd. Gordon Curtis and Binnaburra Sasha. 103.5+87.5=191. Kelpie. (Judged by Andrew Gorton and Ken Atherton.)
4th. Tony Boyle and Boylee Sugar. 95+95=190. BC.
=5th. Ken Atherton and Ramulam Merle. 97+87=184. BC.
=5th. Ken Atherton and Ramulam Punch. 92+92=184. Kelpie.
7th. Hayden Harries and Olboa Ben. 89+94=183. BC.
8th. Mariane Rogers and Bellview Obie. 96+86=182. BC.
9th. Gordon Curtis and BInnaburra Johnnie. 96.5+80.5=177. Kelpie. (Judged by Andrew Gorton and Ken Atherton).
10th. Tony Boyle and Boylee Mustard. 94+75=169. BC.
11th. Tony Boyle and Boylee Stephanie. 90+76=166. BC.
12th. Rick Janitz and Jandoree Dotcom. 98+LS=98. BC.
13th. Richard Mcguire and Torbay Tom. 89+RT=89. BC.
Open Yard, judged by Andrew Gorton.
1st. Simon Leaning and Chidlow Floss. 76+64=140. BC
2nd. Rod Forsyth and Binnaburra Milo. 72+62=134. Kelpie.
=3rd. Rick Janitz and Jandoree Dotcom. 64+67=131. BC.
=3rd. Andrew Gorton and Boylee Ella. 69+62=131. BC. (Judged by Gordon Curtis and Ken Atherton)
5th. Ken Atherton and Ramulam Lad. 65+63=128. Kelpie.
=6th. Ken Atherton and Ramulam Gus. 66+61=127. BC.
=6th. Gordon Curtis and Binnaburra Johnnie. 62+65=127. Kelpie.
=8th. Hayden Harries and Olboa Ben. 63+61=124. BC.
=8th. Simon Leaning and Fleetfeet Axle. 73+51=124. Kelpie.
10th. Tony Boyle and Boylee Dale. 62+51=113. BC.
11th. Gordon Curtis and Binnaburra Sasha. 67+31=98. Kelpie.
12th. Simon Leaning and Marionvale Mindy. 62+29=91. Kelpie.
Yard dog of the year was Ken Atherton’s Ramulam Gus.
Runner up was Andrew Gorton’s Boylee Ella.
Utility dog of the year was Ken Atherton’s Ramulam Gus.
Runner up was Gordon Curtis’s Binnaburra Johnnie.
Richard Mcguire's Torbay Tom
Tony Boyle and Boylee Huntie, unloading the truck.
A relaxed looking Jenny Palm and Badgingarra Lisa clearing the gate into the race.
Karyn Buller and Just Jed filling the race.
Gordon Curtis and Binnaburra Johnnie, unloading the truck.
Rod Forsyth's Binnabura Milo.
Office supervisor Buddy Atherton, keeping an eye on his assistants Doreen Hansen and Jenny Atherton.
Marianne Rogers's Bellview Obie at the back of the race.
Rick Janitz and Jandoree Sparky, unloading the truck.
Ken Atherton's Ramulam Punch.
Richard Mcguire's Mac's Harry, showing his impressive jumping style.
Photos and Article by Nan Lloyd.