Dogpro Plus Great Southern Arena Trial
7th - 10th June
Report by Jenny Whitelock
Photos by Simon Wallace & Marianne Rogers
To those members recovering from (and family members affected by) injuries and operations - "Fond thoughts and best wishes for speedy recoveries". You are missed and we all hope for your healthy and happy return soon.
It's been a few years since a 3-sheep arena trial has been held at Binnaburra, the farm north of Kellerberrin owned by Gordon & Sarah Curtis. Gordon & Sarah host Yard and Utility Trials once or twice a year and triallers acknowledge their HUGE generosity in offering their property to host yet another trial this year, especially in the middle of such a tough year for farmers! It was a boost to morale for everyone to catch up around the "choofer" each night to share the highs and lows of the season in the various regions from which members travel.
A BIG THANK YOU also to Gordon & Sarah's neighbours, Sue & Alec Stevens, who provided the most important component of a sheepdog trial - the sheep! The wiley critters provided for the challenge were cut from a large flock of AMS type ewe hoggets, with lovely clean faces all the better to see the dogs. You would think these young sheep would be fairly light to work, but they were not push-overs, standing up to the weaker and lighter coloured dogs and making the stronger dogs work for their bikkies. The fresh sheep faced up to the dogs at the first obstacle, the race, requiring some patience and skilled stockwork to coax them through, even if that might be backwards one step at a time. The bridge provided a mixture of success and failure for triallers but the sheep were quite happy to walk straight into the pen for anyone who managed to get them that far.
The weather was a mixed bag of some beautiful fine sunny Winter days, blustery winds and showers, cold nights, and fog one morning that didn't clear until 11am. This delay in the running of the program threw a small spanner in the works. Thinking outside the box, the Great Southern Club decided to run the Open class and Final to ensure enough time for the running of that class, and then ran the Improver class last. With the short days at this time of year and the fog an added delay there was no time for finals in the Novice and Improver classes, although there was a tied run-off for first and second in the Improver.
There were 33 runs in the Novice with 16 scores, 29 runs in the Improver with 13 scores and 43 runs in the Open with 16 scores. Fresh sheep were used for the Novice and Open classes, and a mixture of 50% fresh sheep and 50% re-cycled sheep for the Improver class. Just that small percentage of re-cycled sheep made an evident difference to the way the sheep approached the obstacles, generally walking straight through without argument in the Improver class. In all classes the time allowed to complete the course was 15 minutes with a 40 point judge's ring off in Novice and 30 point ring off in the Improver and Open classes.
Novice judged by Brad Rose from Bunbury
1st. Jenny Nolan. Nolans Chad. 74.
2nd. Peter Gorman. Rocky Bindy. 66.
3rd. Jenny Nolan. Nolans Will. 63.
4th. Jenny Nolan. Nolans Nitro. 62.
5th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Cournel. 60.
6th. Tony Boyle. Chillie. 57. (Kelpie/Huntaway X).
7th. Jenny Whitelock. Jensown Sooty. 56.
=8th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Whitie. 54.
=8th. Rick Janitz. Ramulam Gizmo. 54. (Kelpie).
=10th. Ivan Solomon. Perangery Di. 50.
=10th. Rod Forsyth. Barkervale Austen. 50. (Kelpie).
=10th. Jenny Whitelock. Boylee Talent. 50.
Improver judged by Jenny Whitelock from Kojonup
1st. Dave Lacey. Coshies Buddy. 88 + 70 = 158.
2nd. Jenny Nolan. Nolans Soul. 88 + X = 88.
3rd. Carolyn Bell. Bellview Loxie. 85.
4th. Peter Gorman. Badgingarra Pip. 84.
5th. Dave Lacey. Coshies Kimba. 83.
6th. Ivan Solomon. Perangery Trish. 81.
7th. Rod Forsyth. Barkervale Austen. 74. (Kelpie)
8th. Rick Janitz. Badgingarra Izzy. 72.
9th. Marianne Rogers. Marionvale Aykeira. 68.
10th. Jenny Nolan. Grassvalley Scout. 66.
Open judged by Gordon Curtis from Kellerberrin
1st. Ivan Solomon. Perangery Sasha. 86 +78 = 164.
2nd. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Lady. 83 + 78 = 161.
3rd. Tony Boyle. Boylee Sugar. 72 + 86 = 158.
4th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Midget. 65 + 83 = 148.
5th. Peter Gorman. Pendalup Steel. 59 + 70 = 129.
6th. Rod Forsyth. Barkervale Austen. 72 + 55 = 127. (Kelpie).
7th. Jenny Whitelock. Jandoree Kinta. 70 + 53 = 123.
8th. Jenny Nolan. Nolans Nancy. 56 + 63 = 119.
9th. Peter Gorman. Coshies Dusty. 50 + 67 = 117.
10th. Peter Gorman. Princes Sally. 84 + Ret = 84.
11th. Dave Lacey. Akoonah Blondie. 72 + X = 72.
12th. Tanya de Bijl. Jarrah. 70 + X = 70. (Kelpie)
Open (L-R): Rod Forsyth, Tony Boyle, Ivan Solomon, Dave Lacey,
Improver (L-R): Peter Gorman, Jenny Nolan, Ivan Solomon,
Carolyn Bell, Dave Lacey
Novice (L-R): Tony Boyle, Jenny Nolan, Peter Gorman
What's going on out there?...I can't see!
Let out crew in the fog...Doug Rogers, Andrew Svalbe, Peter Gorman
Tony Boyle & Boylee Sugar pen their sheep
Jenny Palm's Brindabella Domini