Wagin Arena

The first trial for 2021 was held at the Wagin Woolorama, and was hosted by Central Districts sheepdog club.

The Woolorama is a huge sheep and machinery show, held each year in Wagin, a small wheatbelt town app 230kms south of Perth.

Last year there was no trial held at the Woolorama so it was great to be back there this year. It is a lovely trial ground with great facilities.

The weather was unusual. It can be very hot at Wagin in March, but this year there were thunderstorms, heavy rain, and very humid conditions. The cloud cover kept the temperature down mainly but when the Sun did emerge it was extremely uncomfortable. However we have had a few dry years and no one was complaining. It made for quite good trialling conditions and there was no dust.

The sheep were another matter.   They were older sheep that were not very interested in complying with the dogs. They were touchy to work, and could split quickly as they raced back to the let-outs, quite often catching dogs off guard by running behind them. This caused quite a number of crosses. Once they settled they then became very difficult to move, standing and stomping their feet and even charging some of  the dogs. They got worse as the weekend went on and by the open final were really quite difficult. It was a worthy challenge though and great for the spectators.

Due to the large number of entries the Improver and Open was run as one class.

In the Novice there were 70 entries with 10 scores.
In the Improver/open 106 runs and 24 scores.

Author Nan Lloyd
Images by Nan Lloyd and Simon Wallace

Open Judged by Jenny Atherton and the Final Judged by Wayne Hall

1Len MortonPerengary Sadie8244126
2Peter GormanPendalup Jem6063123
3Peter GormanCoshies Dusty6853121
4Jane DorrellPerengary Buster8237119
5Ivan SolomanPerengary Trish7443117
6Dave LaceyAkoonah Lady5458112
7Nigel ArmstrongYaralonga Scope (K)553792
8Jenny NolanNolan’s Chad543084
9Tony BoyleBoylee Cournel69X69
10Dave LaceyMGH Jack68RTD68
11Neil KristiansenPendalup Sambo571976
12Jan CornishBellview Ted54X54

Improver Final Judged by Jenny Atherton

1Neil KristiansenPendalup Sambo5770127
2Len MortonPerengary Sadie8231113
3Tony BoyleBoylee Cournel69X69
4Dave LaceyMGH Jack68RTD68
5Gordon CurtisKumbark Scotty (K)67X67
6Jenny NolanNolans Jedda5555
=7Jenny NolanNolans Chad5454
=7Jan CornishBellview Ted5454
9Karyn BullerBoonining Maisy (K)5050
=10Rod ForsythKumbark Tod (K)4848
=10Tony BoyleBoylee Gus4848

Novice Final Judged by Jane Dorrell

1Neil KristiansenPendalup Sambo5757
2Jenny NolanNolan’s Soul5656
3Blake RobinsonNap (K)5353
4Dave LaceyFarnham Will4949
5Nan LloydBinnaburra Merlin (K)4848
6Tony BoyleBoylee Major4444
7Jason CrockfordEulooka Belle (K)3636
8Rod ForsythGrassvalley Hazel3434
9Jason CrockfordWyandora Pippa (K)3131
10Nigel ArmstrongTumutvally Roy (K)2222

Encourage Judged by Corey Rose & Frank Sutherland

1Nic FordDryandra Thunderstruck
2Rose CassidyNolan’s Sharna
3Donna KristiansenPendalup Indigo