Pingelly Arena

Author Nan Lloyd
Images by Nan Lloyd and Simon Wallace

The Pingelly recreation grounds were the venue for the inaugural Pingelly arena trial, run by the Esperance Sheepdog Club.

The recreation center was built in 2018 and has won many awards, including the prestigious George Temple Poole award in 2020. Built entirely of timber it cost almost 10 million to build.

It is the largest timber building in WA since WWII and the largest civic building since 1920. It is used for meetings, sporting events and is open for all meals. Many of the competitors were happy to have a great place to eat and meet up after a tough days trialling.

The trial was run in conjunction with the Pingelly Shearing competition as well as a market day.

The sheep for the novice and improver event were hoggets recently shorn and were difficult to settle. With a tendency to head to the bottom left side of the ground they took some holding onto. Competitors who managed to get them down the ground did better, but at times they made a run for it again as they rounded the winding pegs.

The grounds were dry and dusty which made for great photos but sometimes dogs and sheep disappeared entirely in a cloud. They were however quite good obstacle sheep but the pen was not always easy.

The open sheep were similar age, but with some wool on so were a little better but still not easy. These were a little heavier and more difficult to move so some competitors struggled to get them down the ground.

There was a tie for first in the open. After the runoff the winner was Tony Boyle with Midget.

In the novice there were 13 scores from 50 runs.

In the Imp there were 11 scores from 57 runs

In the open there were 25 scores from 82 runs.

Novice Placings
Judged by Karyn Buller

1Simon LeaningMarionvale Di78
2Peter GormanPendalup Niki77
=3Rick JanitzRamulam Bee (K)75
=3Peter GormanBadgingarra Sir Ben75
5Tony BoyleBoylee Major70
6Ken AthertonRamulam Fella (K)69
7Rick JanitzBadgingarra Izzy67
8Nigel ArmstrongTumut Valley Roy (K)57
9Ken AthertonRamulam Charlie (K)52
10Rose CassidyNolan’s Sharna50

Improver Placings
Judged by Rick Janitz

1Dave LaceyMGH Jack80
2Karyn BullerBoonining Maisy (K)79
3Phil DorrellJandoree Shrek78
4Simon Leaning Marionvale Di76
5Stephen WallaceGibson’s Sweep69
6Jenny PalmBrindabella Domini68
7Peter GormanPendalup Niki64
8Ken AthertonRamulam Fella (K)60
9Tony BoyleBoylee Chillie59
10Rose CassidyNolan’s Shana56

Open Finals
Judged by Ken Atherton

1Tony BoyleBoylee Midget798816776243
2Dave Lacey Akoonah Blondie8285167Rtd167
3Dave Lacey Akoonah Holly8279161
4Dave Lacey Akoonah Lady8278160
5Tony BoyleBoylee Sugar7974153
6Simon LeaningMarionvale Lad9242134
7Frank MaynardCoshies Buddy6565130
8Dave Lacey Brands Hatch Tusker6861129
=9Tanya DebijlRamulam Secret (K)7049119
=9Peter GormanPendalup Cloudy6653119
11Jan CornishBellview Ted6647113
12Dave Lacey Summerville Katie72X72