Wagin Arena 2022

Article and photos by Nan Lloyd

The annual Wagin arena trial has always been run in March, in conjunction with the Woolorama, a huge sheep, wool and machinery show.

However due to Covid restrictions the Woolorama was cancelled shortly before the event, but fortunately the trial was permitted to go ahead.

The weather was fairly warm, which is typical for this time of the year, but the evenings were pleasant and the mornings a little damp.

It warmed up in the afternoon to become quite uncomfortable and most people hosed their dogs down before and after their run.  Some even thought to hose themselves down to cope better out in the sun.

The sheep were three-year-old wethers, they were smart, challenging, and point pinching, proving difficult to keep on course, and to keep straight.  The first obstacle, the race, was the most difficult, so a few people retired or crossed there.  However, once the race was completed, the bridge was a lot easier and quite a few pens were achieved.

The sheep quickly worked out the weaker dogs and ran them off the ground, heading at speed back to the let-out to re-join their mates.  If the sheep got onto the fence, they were difficult to bring back on course.  There were some reasonable scores from the more experienced dogs though, and most people had the opportunity to work them.  The sheep got a little heavier towards the end of the trial and in the open final only half of the 12 finalists managed a second score.

There were 48 entries in the novice with 7 scores, 47 entries in the improver with 10 scores and the open had 60 runs with 30 scores.

As this was the first trial of the year and almost 5 months since the last trial, it was a good social event and opportunity to catch up with friends.

Judged by
Des Davies

1Rob SmithBoonining Duck (K)
2Sarah DeBuegerMarionvale Possum (K)
3Cathy NealeAmarillo Alfie
4Petra GuseMouse
5T WardBoss

Judged by
Steve Wallace

1Peter GormanPendalup Lucy82
2Rose CassidyNolans Shana63
3Nan lloydBinnaburra Merlin (K)59
4Jan CornishBellevue Ted43
5Nan lloydKumbark Lexie (K)39
6R SmithBoonining Duck (K)38
7Tony BoyleBoylee Pickles32

Judged by
Phil Dorrell (Top five run off)

1Nan LloydKumbark Lexie (K)7874152
2Dave LaceyFarnam Will7079149
3Simon LeaningMarionvale Di6162123
4Gordon CurtisKumbark Scotty (K)73X73
5Nigel ArmstrongTumutvalley Roy (K)67X67
6Rose CassidyNolans Shana5454
7Nieil KristiansenBadgingarra Sir Ben5151
8Des Davies Marionvale Bella4141
9Tony BoyleBoylee Cournel2222
10Tara HerbertMarionvale Tess (K)99

Judged by Marianne Rogers

1Nigel ArmstrongYarralonga Scope (K)7383156
2Tony BoyleBoylee Sugar7174145
3Peter GormanPendalup Lucy8358141
4Tony BoyleBoylee Midget7849127
5Tony BoyleBoylee Cournel7054124
6Neil KristiansenPrinces Delta7229101
7Ivan SolomonNolans Bart83X83
8Gordon CurtisWhites Joe (K)81LS81
9Dave LaceyAkoonah Tusker80X80
10Simon LeaningMarionvale Andy78RTD78
11Simon LeaningMarionvale Di77RTD77
12Ken AthertonRamulam Fella (K)75RTD75