Author Nan Lloyd
Images by Nan Lloyd and Karyn Buller
The second Yard and Utility trial for the year was held at Kendenup, and run by the Stirling sheepdog club.
Kendenup is app 350kms south of Perth.
It can be quite cold at Kendenup but this year the weather gods were kind. It was a little damp on Fri morning and there was some rain Fri night but otherwise it was quite pleasant. The temperature was a little variable during the day dropping up and down depending whether it was cloudy or sunny so it was a jacket on, jacket off weekend, but otherwise it was great trialling weather.
The sheep were young merino ewes, fairly small and light to work. Outside they were tricky and difficult to keep together, resisting efforts to yard them, so many people lost a lot of time and points trying to get them into the yard.
Once inside they were a little inclined to split and break, and if pressured wanted to jam up in the force sections and at the gates.
The top teams handled them well though, and there were some good scores, with only eight points separating the top 5 in the open yard.
It was a great trial and the BBQ in the evening was enjoyed by all, with the usual tall tales to tell.
In the novice Utility there were 32 entries. Novice yard had 39 entries.
Open Utility had 42 entries, and Imp/open yard had 37 entries.
Novice Utility, judged by Allan Dunn.
|2||Jim Harradine||Dryandra Bridie||81||BC|
|3||Dave Lacey||Akoonah Holly||72||BC|
|4||Jason Crockford||Wyandora Pippa||70||Kelpie|
|5||Blake Robinson||Ramulam Kick||68||Kelpie|
|7||Jason Crockford||Wyandora Dusty||66||Kelpie|
|=8||Dave Lacey||Farnham Will||63||BC|
|=8||Nan Lloyd||Kumbark Lexy||63||Kelpie|
|10||Dave Lacey||MGH Jack||61||BC|
Novice Yard, judged by Allan Dunn. Scores out of 50.
|1||Dave Lacey||Akoonah Holly||47||BC|
|2||Simon Leaning||Marionvale Lad||46||BC|
|=4||Jason Crockford||Wyandora Dusty||42||Kelpie|
|=4||Nigel Armstrong||Yarralonga Opal||42||Kelpie|
|=4||Simon Leaning||Marionvale Chip||42||Kelpie|
|8||Blake Robinson||Ramulam Kick||41||Kelpie|
|=9||Nan Lloyd||Binnaburra Merlin||40||Kelpie|
|=9||Jim Harradine||Dryandra Cooch||40||BC|
|=9||Neil Eastough||Easties Bones||40||BC|
Improver Yard, judged by Ken Atherton.
|2||Neil Eastough||Easties Bones||173||BC|
|3||Blake Robinson||Ramulam Kick||92||Kelpie|
|4||Allan Dunn||Gogetta Thor||91||Kelpie|
|=5||Simon Leaning||Marionvale Chip||90||Kelpie|
|=7||Jim Harradine||Dryandra Bridie||89||BC|
|=7||Simon Leaning||Marionvale Lad||89||BC|
|9||Jason Crockford||Wyandora Dusty||84||Kelpie|
|10||Jim Harradine||Dryandra Cooch||83||BC|
Open Utility judged by Nan Lloyd. Nan was judged by Nigel Armstrong and Simon Leaning.
|1||Simon Leaning||Marionvale Lad||83||BC|
|2||Nan Lloyd||Kumbark Ace||80||Kelpie|
|=3||Nigel Armstrong||Yarralonga Scope||72||Kelpie|
|=3||Dave Lacey||Akoonah Holly||72||BC|
|5||Rick Janitz||Badgingarra Izzy||69||BC|
|7||Nigel Armstrong||Tumutvalley Jude||66||Kelpie|
|8||Jason Crockfrod||Wyandora Pippa||64||Kelpie|
|9||Nan Lloyd||Barkervale Oswin||63.5||Kelpie|
|10||Jane Dorrell||Perengary Buster||63||BC|
|11||Simon Leaning||Marionvale Chip||62||Kelpie|
|12||Jason Crockfrod||Wyandora Strife||59||Kelpie|
Open Yard, judged By Ken Atherton.
|1||Nigel Armstrong||Tumutvalley Jude||92||95||187||Kelpie|
|3||Allan Dunn||Gogetta Thor||91||92||183||Kelpie|
|4||Nan Lloyd||Kumbark Rocket||92||88||180||Kelpie|
|5||Nigel Armstrong||Tumutvalley Roy||91||88||179||Kelpie|
|=6||Jim Harradine||Dryandra Bridie||89||87||176||Kelpie|
|=6||Nan Lloyd||Kumbark Ace||85||91||176||Kelpie|
|8||Jason Crockford||Wyandora Strife||90||85||175||Kelpie|
|9||Jason Crockford||Wyandora Pippa||85||88||173||Kelpie|
|10||Nigel Armstrong||Yarralonga Scope||91||Rtd||91||Kelpie|