Stirling Yard & Utility

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.

1Blake RobinsonNap86Kelpie
2Jim HarradineDryandra Bridie81BC
3Dave LaceyAkoonah Holly72BC
4Jason CrockfordWyandora Pippa 70Kelpie
5Blake RobinsonRamulam Kick68Kelpie
6Simon LeaningBinge67Kelpie
7Jason CrockfordWyandora Dusty 66Kelpie
=8Dave LaceyFarnham Will 63BC
=8Nan LloydKumbark Lexy63Kelpie
10Dave LaceyMGH Jack61BC

Novice Yard, judged by Allan Dunn. Scores out of 50.

1Dave LaceyAkoonah Holly47BC
2Simon Leaning Marionvale Lad46BC
3Blake RobinsonEd44Kelpie/BC
=4Jason CrockfordWyandora Dusty42Kelpie
=4Simon Leaning Binge42Kelpie
=4Nigel ArmstrongYarralonga Opal42Kelpie
=4Simon Leaning Marionvale Chip42Kelpie
8Blake RobinsonRamulam Kick41Kelpie
=9Nan LloydBinnaburra Merlin40Kelpie
=9Jim HarradineDryandra Cooch40BC
=9Neil EastoughEasties Bones 40BC

Improver Yard, judged by Ken Atherton.

1Blake RobinsonNap186Kelpie
2Neil EastoughEasties Bones173BC
3Blake RobinsonRamulam Kick92Kelpie
4Allan DunnGogetta Thor91Kelpie
=5Simon LeaningMarionvale Chip90Kelpie
=5Balke RobinsonEd90BC
=7Jim HarradineDryandra Bridie89BC
=7Simon LeaningMarionvale Lad89BC
9Jason CrockfordWyandora Dusty84Kelpie
10Jim HarradineDryandra Cooch83BC

Open Utility judged by Nan Lloyd. Nan was judged by Nigel Armstrong and Simon Leaning.

1Simon LeaningMarionvale Lad83BC
2Nan LloydKumbark Ace80Kelpie
=3Nigel ArmstrongYarralonga Scope72Kelpie
=3Dave LaceyAkoonah Holly72BC
5Rick JanitzBadgingarra Izzy69BC
6Blake RobinsonNap67Kelpie
7Nigel ArmstrongTumutvalley Jude66Kelpie
8Jason CrockfrodWyandora Pippa64Kelpie
9Nan LloydBarkervale Oswin63.5Kelpie
10Jane DorrellPerengary Buster63BC
11Simon LeaningMarionvale Chip62Kelpie
12Jason CrockfrodWyandora Strife59Kelpie

Open Yard, judged By Ken Atherton.

1Nigel ArmstrongTumutvalley Jude9295187Kelpie
2Blake RobinsonNap9393186Kelpie
3Allan  DunnGogetta Thor9192183Kelpie
4Nan LloydKumbark Rocket9288180Kelpie
5Nigel ArmstrongTumutvalley Roy9188179Kelpie
=6Jim HarradineDryandra Bridie8987176Kelpie
=6Nan LloydKumbark Ace8591176Kelpie
8Jason CrockfordWyandora Strife9085175Kelpie
9Jason CrockfordWyandora Pippa8588173Kelpie
10Nigel ArmstrongYarralonga Scope91Rtd91Kelpie