Tarwonga State Yard and Utility. April 7th to 10th.



The state Yard and Utility event is rotated between different clubs. This year it was Tarwonga’s turn.

 Their annual trial was held two weeks previously and the same sheep were used. So the sheep knew their way around the obstacles and where their mates were and took advantage. There were 13 instances of lost sheep, when they just bolted through the dogs and over the fence, causing a few headaches.

They generally flowed well around the yards except for the first big gather. This was the hoodoo obstacle for many dogs and handlers, as too much force could cause sheep to break back the wrong way but not enough and they all all turned to face the dog.  

 The weather was lovely, mild and overcast but with enough evening chill for a large yarn swapping campfire. Some light rain Sat evening settled the dust.

As usual the state yard was hotly contested. The top two dogs tied for first and a run-off was required. The winner of this event is automatically selected to represent WA in the national yard event. 

There were 23 entries in the novice yard, 26 in the Novice Utility, 40 in the Open Yard and 34 in the Open Utility. There were 73 BC entries and 50 Kelpie entries.


Results. Border Collies unless otherwise stated.


Novice Yard, judged by Rod Forsyth.

Scores out of 80.


1st. Dave Lacey. Akooonah Sherry. 71+75=146. 

=2nd.  Gordon Curtis. Whites Joe. 71+67=138. Kelpie.

=2nd. Simon Leaning. Marionvale Will. 68+70=138. Kelpie.

4th. Hayden Harries. Olboa Knight. 66+71=137.

=5th. Dave lacey. Fleetwood Devil. 66+62=128.

=5th. Karyn Buller. Booninning Rosie. 67+61=128. Kelpie

7th. Dave Lacey, Akoonah Lady. 65.

8th. Nan Lloyd. Barkervale Oswin. 63. Kelpie.

9th. Nan Lloyd. Nukennellup Dodge. 61 Kelpie.

=10th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Tyson.  60 Kelpie

=10th. Rick Janitz. Badgingarra Izzy. 60.


Novice Utility, judged by Rick Janitz.. Final judged by Doreen Hansen.

Scores out of 110.


1st. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Sherry. 66+91=157.

2nd. Rod Forsyth.  Barkervale Austin. 66+86=152. Kelpie.

3rd. Rod Forsyth. Binnaburra Reece. 53+71=124. Kelpie.

=4th. Rick Janitz. Jandoree Lexy. 56+64=120. Judged by Nan Lloyd and Andrew Gorton.

=4th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Lady. 64+56=120.

6th. Dave Lacey. Fleetwood Devil. 53+46=99.

7th. Tony Boyle Boylee Midget. 52.

8th. Jim Harradine. Ryans Jemma. 45.

9th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Chillie. 37. Kelpie X

10th. Jean Hydleman. Marionvale Zahlee. 34.


Open Utility, judged by Simon Leaning. Final Judged by Andrew Gorton.

Scores out of 110.


1st. Simon Leaning. Chidlow Floss. 100+92=192. Judged by Ken Atherton and Gordon Curtis.

2nd. Hayden Harries. Olboa Ben. 94+80=174.

=3rd. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Johnnie. 83+88=171. Kelpie.

=3rd. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Del. 85++86=171.

5th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Lady. 74+93=167.

6th. Dave Lacey Akoonah Sherry. 67+97=164.

7th. Simon Leaning. Jandoree Jess. 94+69=173.

8th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Sugar. 82+79=161.

9th. Ken Atherton. Ramulam Punch. 77+82-159. Kelpie

10th. Simon Leaning. Marionvale Mindy. 82.5+71=153.5. Kelpie. Judged by Ken Atherton and Gordon Curtis. 

11th. Ken Atherton. Ramulam Lad. 77+60=137. Kelpie.

12th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Ben. 73+50=123. Kelpie.


Open Yard judged by Hayden Harries.

Scores out of 100. 


1st. Hayden Harries. Olboa Ben. 93.5+93.5+85=272. Judged by Dave Lacey and Simon Leaning.

2nd. Andrew Gorton. Just Murray. 97+90+72.5=259.5. Kelpie.

3rd. Andrew Gorton. Just Martha. 90+90=180.

4th. Ken Atherton. Ramulam Punch. 90+86=176. Kelpie.

5th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Sugar. 86+89=175.

=6th. Simon Leaning. Marionvale Mindy. 85+87=172. Kelpie.

=6th. Ken Atherton Ramulam Lad. 81+91=172. Kelpie

8th. Neil Eastough. Grassvalley Tinky. 81+85=166.

9th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Sherry. 81+83=164. 

=10th. Gordon Curtis Binnaburra Ben. 87+75=162. Kelpie.

=10th. Dave Lacey. Fleetwood Devil. 90+72=162.

12th. Hayden Harries. Ramulam Woofy. 87+74=161. Judged by Dave Lacey and Simon Leaning.


Karyn Buller's Booninning Rosie


Andrew Gorton's Just Murray.


Tony Boyles Boylee Sugar.


Dave Lacey's Fleetwood Devil.


Rod Forsyth and Barkervale Austin.


Simon Leaning's Marionvale Mindy.


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