DogPro Plus Dowerin Arena (Unofficial) August. 28-29th.
This years Dowerin trial really epitomized the meaning of the word trial.
On the first day of the trial the temperature climbed to almost 30 degrees, a near record high for August.
Dogs and handlers struggled under the conditions as the weather had recently been quite cold and it is always hardest to cope with at this time of the year.
On the second day, whilst it was cooler, we had to cope with gale force winds and choking dust, with the occasional rainy squall thrown in. It was a battle to stand up and work and it made the already touchy sheep even worse.
The trial was run in conjunction with the Dowerin field day, and a vintage motor display near the trial ground did not help matters. The noise and wind prevented many dogs from hearing their handlers at the other end of the ground
They were 18 month old merinos about a month shorn, that could cover a lot of ground in a short space of time.
The pickup was the hardest and in some cases the sheep were running before the dog could even pick them up, and they kept going. Even when the dog managed to get around them they quickly took off back the other way. Some competitors were rung off before they even left the casting peg.
Some of the older experienced dogs managed reasonable scores and at times when the wind dropped they settled for a while and were quite workable. Sometimes they deceived us into thinking they were settled and relaxed only to split and run at the pen or the bridge. They also quickly worked out any dogs that were not strong enough, or broke off too much, and they simply pushed their way back up the ground.
They certainly represented a challenge.
There were 34 entries in the novice with 10 scores, 28 in the improver with nine scores, and in the open 48 runs and 20 scores.
1st. Jan Cornish. Bellview Ted. 80
2nd. Jenny Nolan. Nolans Mystic. 61
3rd. Rod Forsyth. Grassvalley Hazel.52.
4th. Len Morton. Perengary. Sadie. 50
5th. Dave Lacey. Brands Hatch Tusker. 42.
6th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Whitey. 36.
=7th. Jenny Nolan. Grassvalley Penny. 26.
=7th. Jan COrnish. Belview Gem. 26.
9th. Jenny Nolan. Grassvalley Scout. 25.
10th. Jan Cornish. Boylee Bidee. 15.
1st. Peter Gorman. Pendalup Cloudy. 89.
2nd. Marianne Rogers. Ok Anwenelle. 68.
3rd. Tony Boyle. Boylee Guss. 61.
4th. Jenny Nolan. Nolans Soul. 56.
5th. Nan Lloyd. Whites Ree. 55. Kelpie.
6th. Frank Sutherland. Rocky Magpie. 53.
=7th. Rod Forsyth. Grassvalley Hazel 37.
=7th. Malcolm Seymour. Coshies Bella. 37.
9th. Simon Leaning Marionvale Mindy. 32. Kelpie
1st. Grant Cooke. Grassvalley Sky. 90.
2nd. Peter Gorman. Badgingarra Jem. 85.
3rd. Peter Gorman. Pendalup Steel. 84.
4th. Peter Gorman. Princes Sally. 80.
5th. David Lacey. Akoonah Lady. 79.
6th. Tony Boyle. Boylee Midget. 77.
7th. Grant Cooke. Badgingarra Fly. 76.
8th. Frank Sutherland. Rocky Judy. 74.
9th. Rod Forsyth. Grassvalley Hazel. 73.
10th. Peter Gorman. Coshies Dusty. 72
Marianne Rogers Ok Anwenelle.
Gibb Mcdonald and Boylee Ben.
Yvonne Haynes Rocky Tarn.
Tony Boyle and Boylee Midget.
Malcolm Seymours, Coshies Bella.
Simon Leaning and Chidlow Floss.
Novice. Rod Forsyth 3rd, Jenny Nolan 2nd, Len Morton 4th, Dave Lacey 5th.
Jan Cornish 1st, not present.
Improver. Peter Gorman 1st, Marianne Rogers 2nd, Nan Lloyd 5th, Frank Sutherland
6th, Tony Boyle 3rd. Jenny Nolan 4th, Not in Pic.
Article and Photos by Nan Lloyd