Tarwonga yard and Utility. 24th to 27th of March.


Tarwonga was once again the home for the first Yard and Utility trial of the year. The property belongs to the Atherton family and is called Sunnyside. Which incidently it wasnt. It can be very hot at Sunnyside in March, but this year we were blessed with over an inch of lovely soaking rain, keeping the temperature down and making the local farmers smile. In fact the rain was very widespread, a wonderful early break to the season.


The sheep were older Merinos, a week off shears, fairly big and a bit cunning. Generally they flowed fairly well around the yards but needed some force to get them into the smaller yards, and if pushed too much would split and run over the dog. Outside they worked ok but were not keen on any of the obstacles. There was only one pen in the novice utility and about six in the open utility. They also had a tendency to run back to the yards once they were out in the paddock and this caused a few problems.


There were 31 entries in the novice utility, 28 in the novice yard, 29 in the open utility and 34 in the open yard.



Border collies unless stated otherwise.


Novice yard, judged by Doreen Hansen.


1st. Jim Harradine. Nolans Mikey. 69.

=2nd. Simon Leaning. Marionvale Will. 67. Kelpie.

=2nd. Tanya De Bijl. Tilly. 67. Kelpie.

=4th. Rick Janitz. Badgingarra Izzy. 65.

=4th. Jim Harradine. Ryans Jemma. 65

6th. Gordon Curtis, Whites Joe. 61 Kelpie.

=7th. Alan Dunn. Jake. 60. Kelpie.

=7th. Alan Dunn. Hip. 60. Kelpie.

9th. Tony Boyle. Chillie. 56. Kelpie X.

10th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Tyson. 55 Kelpie.


Novice Utility, judged by Nan Lloyd.


1st. Nan Lloyd. Kumbark Rocket. 93. Kelpie. Judged by (Marianne Rogers and Rick Janitz.)

2nd. Alan Dunn. Hip. 79. Kelpie.

3rd. Nan LLoyd. Barkervale Oswin. 68.5. Kelpie.  (Judged by Marianne Rogers and Rick Janitz)

4th. Rick Janitz. Badgingarra Izzy. 66

5th. Hayden Harries. Astor. 65.

6th. Rick Janitz. Jandoree Lexy. 63.

7th. Nan Lloyd. Binnaburra Stephie. 61. Kelpie. (Judged by Marianne Rogers and Rick Janitz)

8th.  Nan Lloyd. Nukennellup Dodge. 60.5. Kelpie. (Judged by Marianne Rogers and Rick Janitz.)

9th. Shelby Harries. Olboa Knight. 58.

10th. Ken Atherton. Boylee Pick. 55.


Open Yard. Judged by Nigel Armstrong, final judged by Simon Leaning.


1st. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Ben. 93+88=181. Kelpie.

2nd. Ken Atherton. Ramulam Punch. 85+89=174. Kelpie.

3rd. Nigel Armstrong. Tumutvalley Roy. 84.5+89=173.5. Kelpie. 

4th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Johnny. 81+91=172. Kelpie.

5th. Simon Leaning. Chidlow Floss. 82+88.5=170.5. (Judged by Ken Atherton and Gordon Curtis.)

6th. Nigel Armstrong. Yarralonga Fly. 81.5+88=169=5. Kelpie.

7th. Hayden Harries. Olboa Ben. 83+86=169.

8th. Alan Dunn. Hip. 78+85=163. Kelpie.

9th. Tanya De Bilj. Marionvale Ita. 76+83=159. Kelpie

10th. Tanya De Bilj. Tilly. 76+72=148. Kelpie.

11th. Rick Janitz. Jandoree Sparky. 75+70=145.

12th. Nigel Armstrong. Tunutvalley Jude. 85+RTD=85. Kelpie. 


Open Utility. Judged by Andrew Gorton. 


1st. Ken Atherton. Ramulam Lad. 114+113=217. Kelpie.

2nd. Simon Leaning and Chidlow Floss. 112+100=212. 

3rd. Simon Leaning. Jandoree Jess. 95+109=204.

4th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Johnny. 88+114=202. Kelpie.

5th. Hayden Harries. Olboa Ben. 89+90=179.

6th. Ken Atherton. Ramulam Punch. 75+98=173. Kelpie.

7th. Tony Boyle Boylee Sugar.  83+89=172.

8th. Gordon Curtis Binnaburra Ben. 81+84=165. Kelpie.

9th. Nan Lloyd. Kumbark Rocket. 84+79=163. Kelpie.

10th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Burnie. 76+75=151.

11th. Ricky Janitz. Jandoree Sparky. 81+63=144.

12th. Shelby Harries. Olboa Knight. 71+DQ=71.  


Tony Boyle and Boylee Sugar, unloading the truck.


Open Yard winner, Gordon Curtis's Binnaburra Ben.


Ken Athertons' Ramulam Punch.


Jim Harridine's Ryans Jemma.


Nigel Armstrong's Yarralonga Splinter.


Alan Dunn's Diesel


Photos and Article by Nan Lloyd.

























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