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WA State Yard & Utility Trial


26th - 28th October  


Report by Nan Lloyd

Photos by Nan Lloyd & Neil Whyte


The State Yard and Utility trial was run at an unusual time this year, normally being held much earlier. However as WA had hosted two national trials in April/May we had to move this one to the end of the year.

Entries were down a bit, perhaps because of the timing of the event, however it was still a highly competitive and entertaining trial.

The sheep were six year old Merino ewes. Crafty, fleet of foot and with a tendency to run and keep running. It was very hard to settle them outside. In the yard they worked reasonably well, however they had about 8 months wool on them so there were a number of jam ups at various sections of the course, especially the truck.

The weather was quite good, almost too hot during the day, but the nights cooled down sufficiently for the traditional campfire and BBQ. Tarwonga is always a great social event.

Yard and utility is always fairly labour intensive, needing staff at both ends of the grounds, in the office and in the kitchen so at times numbers were stretched a bit but everyone pulled their weight and made it a successful and fun trial.

Thanks to the Ken & Jenny Atherton for running the trial on their property and supplying the sheep.


Novice Utility judged by Allan Dunn of Kojonup.

Scores out of 120.


1st. Tony Boyle. Boylee Midget. 98+66=164. BC.

2nd. Nan Lloyd. Barkervale Oswin. 82+69=151. Kelpie.

3rd. Ken Atherton. Badgingarra Champ. 69+68=137. Kelpie.

4th. Tony Boyle. Chillie. 70+LS=70. Kelpie/Huntaway X.

5th. Rod Forsyth. Grassvalley Hazel. 66+LS=66. BC.


Novice Yard judged by Karyn Buller of Darkan.

Scores out of 80.


1st. Allan Dunn. Dunn’s Harley. 69+72=141. Kelpie

2nd. Allan Dunn. Yarralonga Ethol. 65+63=128. Kelpie.

3rd. Tony Boyle. Chillie. 64+63=127. Kelpie/Huntaway X.

4th. Nan Lloyd. Barkervale Oswin. 62+53=115. Kelpie

5th. Allan Dunn. Valooka Buck. 53+60=113. Kelpie.


Open Utility judged by Ken Atherton of Arthur River.

(Ken was Judged by Tony Boyle of Walpole and Gordon Curtis of Kellerberrin).

Scores out of 120.


1st. Nan Lloyd. Barkervale Oswin. 89+96=185. Kelpie.

2nd. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Ben. 72+102=174. Kelpie.

3rd. Ken Atherton. Ramulam Punch. 97.5+65=162.5. Kelpie

4th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Sugar. 77+85=162. BC.

=5th. Nan Lloyd. Kumbark Rocket. 74+87=161. Kelpie.

=5th. Nan Lloyd. Kumbark Ace. 85+76=161. Kelpie.

7th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Midget. 78+77=155. BC.

8th. Gordon Curtis. White's Joe. 71+81=152. Kelpie.

9th. Allan Dunn. TumutValley Jude. 71+63=134. Kelpie.

10th. Marianne Rogers. Marionvale Aykeira. 81+46=127. BC.

11th. Rod Forsyth. Barkervale Austen. 88+SCR=88. Kelpie.

12th. Rod Forsyth. Grassvalley Hazel. 71+SCR=71. BC.


Open Yard judged by Gordon Curtis of Kellerberrin.

(Gordon judged by Tony Boyle of Walpole and Ken Atherton of Arthur River).

Final judged by Andrew Gorton of Mayanup.

Scores out of 100.


1st. Nan Lloyd. Kumbark Ace. 88+93=181. Kelpie.

2nd. Allan Dunn. TumutValley Roy. 85+95=180. Kelpie.

3rd. Ken Atherton. Ramulam Punch. 87+91=178. Kelpie.

4th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Sugar. 86+91=177. BC.

5th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Midget. 84+92=176. BC.

6th. Allan Dunn. TumutValley Jude. 82+91=173. Kelpie.

7th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Johnnie. 79.5+92=171.5. Kelpie.

8th. Gordon Curtis. Binnaburra Ben. 83.5+87=170.5. Kelpie.

9th. Allan Dunn. Yarralonga Scope. 81+84=165. Kelpie.

10th. Allan Dunn. Dunns Harley. 76+85=161. Kelpie.

11th. Allan Dunn. Yarralonga Ethol. 84+62=146. Kelpie.

12th. Gordon Curtis. Kumbark Indi. 76+66=142. Kelpie.



Being the final utility trial for 2018, the winner of the Utility Dog of the Year was decided.  This went to Ken Atherton and Ramulam Punch on 133.5 points.  A very close second was Nan Lloyd with Barkervale Oswin on 133 points.  





Novice Utility: Nan Lloyd 2nd, Ken Atherton 3rd, Tony Boyle 1st and 4th,

Rod Forsyth 5th (absent).

Novice Yard: Nan Lloyd 4th, Allan Dunn 1st, 2nd and 5th, Tony Boyle 3rd.


Open Utility: Ken Atherton 3rd, Gordon Curtis 2nd, Nan Lloyd 1st and 5th,

Tony Boyle 4th.

Open Yard: Ken Atherton 3rd, Allan Dunn 2nd, Nan LLoyd 1st, Tony Boyle 4th and 5th.

Marianne Rogers' OK Anwenelle

Nan Lloyd's Kumbark Ace

Gordon Curtis' Kumbark Indi

Allan Dunn and Dunn's Harley

Ken Atherton's Ramulam Punch

Tony Boyle and Boylee Midget

Open Yard Winners and 2019 State Yard Representatives

Nan Lloyd and Kumbark Ace


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