Dogpro Plus Albany Arena 2023

Report and Images by Marianne Rogers

Albany Showgrounds November 10 – 12th, 2023
presented by Esperence Working Sheepdog club.

The last official arena trial for 2023 was held in the cool coastal town of Albany.

Esperence club with help from members of various clubs ran this trial. Special thanks go to Terry Martino, Tim Foster and Rob Smith for all the work they put into setting up the ground.

Tim also brought his own yard panels. Stirling club supplied the obstacles and Perth Avon club supplied course markers, bunting and trophies.

Rain fell before and after the trial but during the trial it was cold to freezing and very windy! Good weather for sheep and sheepdogs at this time of year.

The sheep were red tag ewes with over 4 months wool and lots of attitude.

They challenged the dogs but could work if handled well.

The Open event was run first, judged by Simon Leaning. There were 24 scores from 56 runs.

The first round was completed on Friday and the Open final was run Saturday morning.

Ivan Solomon won the Slade Family cup for the highest score in the first round of the Open with Perangery Sadie.

The used shep were mixed with the unused sheep and were recycled for the rest of the trial. 

Kettridges Stockfeeds generously donated half a tonne of sheep pellets. These were fed out to the sheep on the ground at night to keep them well nourished for the weekend.

The naughty jumpers were raddled where possible to avoid repeat performances!

The Novice event followed the Open final. This was briefly interrupted by the Encourage event which followed the one minute silence at 11am to honour our war veterans. The Encourage event was well supported with six dog handler teams. Frank Sutherland did a great job ensuring that all competitors got a fair go. The winner was Courtney Moir with Rocky Keelie.

The Novice event was judged by Per Ostberg. From 38 runs there were 9 scores achieved. 

On Sunday the Improver was judged by Corey Rose and from 36 runs there were 14 scores.

After the presentations for the classes, Marianne Rogers’ Cocoacina Trophy was presented by Simon Leaning to Terry Martino and Marionvale Bo. This award is for the highest score in the DOY competition by a Novice handler.

Grant Cooke then presented the DOY cup to Ken Atherton with Ramulam Charlie with 58 points. Runner up DOY was Ivan Solomon with Perangery Trish with 45 points.

Judged by Frank Sutherland

1Courtney MoirRocky Keelie

Judged by Per Ostberg

1Peter GormanBadgingarra Missy85
2Marianne RogersAmarillo Artimyst73
3Grant CookeGrassvalley Gilbert68
4Steve WallaceRocky Roxie66
5Marianne RogersMarionvale Aykeira56
6Jane DorrellCloverlea Dot44
7Tara HerbertMarionvale Tess (K)37
8Danial BeardBoonining Digit29
9Frank SullivanRocky Bindi22
K – Kelpie

Judged by Corey Rose

1Ken AthertonRamulam Oak (K)84
2Ken AthertonRamulam Pickles (K)80
=3Steve WallaceRocky Roxie79
=3Grant CookeGrassvalley Gilbert79
=5Simon LeaningMarionvale Woody (K)74
=5Jane DorrellCloverlea Dot74
7Per OstbergMy Nr One Favvo70
8Rose CassidyNolans Shana68
9Peter GormanBadgingarra Missy67
10Cree MonaghanGraedawn Finn (K)55
K – Kelpie

Judged by Simon Leaning

 HandlerDogRnd 1Rnd 2Total
1Grant CookeGrassvalley Palmer7482156
2Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Maggie7281153
3Ivan SolomonPerangery Trish6685151
4Corey RoseBoylee Pick6283145
5Ken AthertonRamulam Charlie (K)7659135
6Tony BoyleBoylee Midget6566131
7Grant CookeGrassvalley Theo7849127
8Ivan SolomonPerangery Sadie8929118
9Ken AthertonRamulam Fella (K)7443117
10Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Sir Ben63LS63
11Rose CassidyNolans Shana62RTD62
12Ken AthertonRamulam Prickles61RTD61
K – Kelpie
LS – Lost Sheep
RTD – Retired