Dogpro Plus Homebush Arena 2023

Report by Nan Lloyd
Photos by Nan Lloyd & Simon Wallace

28th – 30th July 2023 at Homebush, Kellerberrin.

This was the third arena trial held at Homebush, owned by Rod and Judy Forsyth, run by the Northern District club.

Ballidu was the home ground for the club but trials could no longer be held there so it was moved to Homebush in 2022.

Homebush is just out of Kellerberrin in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. The trial ground was surrounded by a stunning golden Canola crop which created a lovely backdrop for photos.

The weather was chilly with some light rain on Saturday, but was quite pleasant when the sun emerged.

The sheep for the Novice and Improver events where quite tricky and hard to settle. Some people struggled with them, but the sheep were workable and most people had a crack at them. The Open sheep were woolly wethers.

On the Saturday Afternoon when the open started it was almost impossible to convince the sheep to enter the bridge. Many people’s run came to an end here, as they just stubbornly refused to go over, preferring to turn and face the dog, and if pressured would split and run around it.

On the Sunday morning they changed their tune and became much more amenable. In fact most of the Open finalists came from the runs on the Sunday, and there were some high scores achieved.

In the Novice there were 14 scores from 40 runs. The Improver 12 scores out of 39 runs and the Open 40 scores from 60 runs.

The winner of the Lovegrove Trophy for the Northern District club member with the highest score in the first round was Len Morton and Perengary Maudie. The Aggregate winner was Frank Maynard and Rocky Nikki.

The winner of the Glenvar Trophy for the highest score in any event was Ken Atherton and Ramulam Charlie. Ken also won the AJC perpetual trophy for winning the open with his Kelpie Ramulam Charlie.

This trial was the decider for the West Australian state representatives to compete in the interstate challenge at Strathalbyn in SA this September.
Ken Atherton and Ramulam Charlie were on Top and second rep is Ivan Solomon and Perangery Trish.


1Trish GenoniBoylee Peggy

Judged by Corey Rose

1Ken AthertonRamulam Oak (K)80
2Jan CornishBellview Bailey70
3Peter GormanBadgingarra Missy65
4Steve WallaceRocky Roxie64
5Rod ForsythKumbark Todd (K)60
6Simon Leaning Marionvale Woody (K)59
7Peter Doherty Ramulam Sixpence (K)57
8Jane DorrellCloverlea Dot52
9Grant Cooke Grassvalley Palmer55
10Danial BeardBoonining Digit (K)51
K – Kelpie

Judged by Peter Doherty

1Frank MaynardPendalup Nikki7879157
2Rose CassidyNolans Shana78SCR78
=3Nan Lloyd Kiumbark Ace (K)7777
=3Simon LeaningYarrabee Jack (K)7777
5Brad RoseBellview Flier7575
6Jane DorrellCloverlea Dot7272
7Simon LeaningMarionvale Woody (K)6767
8Grant CookeGrassvalley Palmer6464
9Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Sir Ben5757
10Nan Lloyd Binnaburra Ruffy (K)5454
K – Kelpie
SCR – Scratch

Judged by Jane Dorrell

1Ken AthertonRamulam Charlie (K)9390183
2Len MortonPendalup Maudie9189180
=3Gordon CurtisKumbark Scotty (K)8884172
=3Grant CookeGrassvalley Palmer8884172
=3Simon LeaningMarionvale Di8488172
=6Rod ForsythGrassvalley Hazel7590165
=6Rod ForsythBarkervale Clark (K)8976165
8Nan LloydKumbark Lexie (K)7367140
9Ivan SolomonPerangery Trish9040130
10Nan LloydKumbark Ace (K)7451125
11Frank MaynardPendalup Nikki7924103
12Simon LeaningMarionvale Andy73X73
K – Kelpie
X – Crossed