Dog Pro+ Annual Ballidu Arena Trial

Author Nan Lloyd
Images by Nan Lloyd and Simon Wallace

Ballidu is a small town in the eastern wheatbelt  220 km north east of Perth. The trial was run by the Northern District Sheepdog Association.
The sheep were 16 month old woolly wethers, supplied and delivered by Malcolm Sutherland.

Trialling commenced at 1pm Thursday. The weather was fairly mild but strong winds caused a few issues. The sheep were workable though, and there were some reasonable scores. They were happy to go into the obstacles and were quite settled.

Friday was wet and windy. The sheep deteriorated as the day wore on and became more difficult to work. They were touchy and could run very fast.
On Saturday the weather eased a little but was still cold with some wind and rain.

Sunday however the bad weather was back, with strong winds and heavy showers. The sheep became even more difficult to work.

It was cold and miserable and most people were wondering what the heck they were doing at a sheep-dog trial.

However there was a delicious buffet meal on Saturday night at the Ballidu Hotel, and  along with a few drinks, this helped bolster most people.

There was a tie in the open, so there was a run-off between Gordon Curtis’s Kelpie Whites Joe, and Peter Gorman’s Border Collie Coshies Dusty.

Peter won  the event after Gordon retired in his final run.

Despite the conditions it was an enjoyable three and a half days of trialling.

In the Novice there were 19 scores from 47 runs. The Improver had 25 scores from 51 runs and in the Open there were 29 scores from 73 runs.

Encourage Placings
Judged by Frank Sutherland

1Tara HerbertMarionvale Tess (K)
2Sarah de BuegerMarionvale Possum (K)
3Nicole FordDryandra Thunderstruck

Novice Placings
Judged by Peter Doherty

1Rod ForsythGrassvalley Hazel90
2Nan LloydKumbark Lexie (K)86
3Grant CookeNolans Drake81
4Peter GormanBadgingarra Sir Ben79
5Marianne RogersOK Anwenelle72
6Gordon CurtisKumbark Scotty (K)71
7Tara HerbertMarionvale Tess (K)68
=8Len MortonPerangery Maudie67
=8Jenny NolanNolans Nitro67
10Tony BoyleBoylee Pickles64

Improver Placings
Judged by Len Morton

1Peter GormanPendalup Cloudy91
2Andrew GortonOlboa Mae88
=3Nan LloydKumbark Ace (K)79
=3Simon LeaningMarionvale Di79
5Peter GormanBadgingarra Sir Ben78
6Tara HerbertMarionvale Tess (K)75
7Jenny NolanNolans Jedda73
8Carolyn BellBellview Tug71
=9Ken AthertonRamulam Charlie (K)70
=9Rod ForsythGrassvallley Hazel70

Open Placings
Judged by Dave Lacey
Open Final
Judged by Grant Cooke

1Peter GormanCoshies Dusty888758233
2Gordon CurtisWhites Joe (K)9283Ret175
3Tony BoyleBoylee Sugar8884172
4Andrew GortonOlboa Mae8875163
5Simon LeaningMarionvale Di8973 162
6Simon LeaningMarionvale Lad7978157
=7Gordon CurtisKumbark Scotty (K)8066146
=7Simon LeaningMarionvale Andy7670146
=7Steve WallaceGibsons Sweep7769146
=10Neil KristiansenPendalup Sambo8951138
=10Frank SutherlandPendalup Sue7959138
12Nan LloydKumbark Ace (K)7659135
13Ken AthertonRamulam Fella7649115