Dogpro Plus Katanning Yard Trial 2023

Report Karyn Buller
Photos Karyn Buller

Katanning Agricultural Show 27th – 28th October 2023

The last Yard trial for the year was held at Katanning in conjunction with the Katanning Agricultural Show.

This being the last trial to gain points for Yard dog of the year.

The weather was pleasant over the weekend not being too hot for sheep, dogs, or competitors.

The Novice event started and concluded on Friday 27th. with mature age, woolly ewes supplied by Chris Paterson. They proved to be challenging and would jump if pushed too hard, with a couple of unlucky runs for the handler and dog where the ewes jumped out.

There was a run-off for first place between Neil Kristiansen with Badgingarra Maggie and Jason Crockford with Buntail Bull, after a 3rd run, Jason won with Bull.

Saturday started with the Improver event, with some fresh mature age merino ewes, kindly supplied by the Newby Bros. These ewes where large frame but carrying less wool growth than the Paterson sheep. The winner of Improver event was Neil Kristiansen with Badgingarra Sir Ben.

The Open event started mid-morning with the same ewes trialed in the Improver event.  The ewes became more challenging for the Open dogs. Again, we had a tie for first place between Nigel Armstrong with Tumutvalley Jude and Ken Atherton with Ramulam Charlie. After the 3rd run Ken and Charlie were the winners by 2 points.

The Yard Dog of the Year points are tallied over six-yard trials. The dog with the most points for 2023, was Yarralonga Scope.  Scope placed very high in all six events, ending with a total of 73 points for the year. Nigel is the breeder of Yard dog of the Year.

Nigel Armstrong and Yarralonga Scope, Allan Dunn and Gogetta Thor will represent Western Australia at next year’s National Australian Yard Dog Championships to be held at Mobrup, WA.

Yard Dog of the Year & Breeder of the Year Nigel Armstrong – Yarralonga Scope

Novice Yard
Judged by Blake Robinson
(Rod Forsyth and Karyn Buller judged Blake Robinson)
Final judged by Nigel Armstrong

 HandlerDogRd 1Rd 2Run OffTotal
1Jason CrockfordBuntail Bull (K)304232104
2Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Maggie35372597
3Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Sir Ben253762
4Neil EastoughEasties Ziggy332861
5Blake RobinsonRuby (K)332760
6Tash Hull (E)Tess (K)302959
7Neil KristiansenPendalup Indigo2424
8Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Wilson2323
9Lee Crockford (E)Drycreek Zarin (K)1818
10John Barton (E)Mack (K)1616
K – Kelpie

Improver Yard
Judged by
Neil Eastough (Jason Crockford and Nigel Armstrong judged Neil Eastough)
Final judged by Nigel Armstrong

 HandlerDogRd 1Rd 2Total
1Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Sir Ben9689185
2Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Oscar8988177
3Neil EastoughEasties Ziggy (K)9270162
4Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Maggie7782159
5Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Wilson6979148
6Rod ForsythYarralonga Forrest  (K)6969138
7Tash HullTess  (K)6464
8Tara HerbertMarionvale Tess  (K)6060
9Ken AthertonRamulam Fella  (K)5757
10Tara HerbertMarionvale Morton5252
K – Kelpie

Open Yard
Judged by Jason Crockford
(Ken Atherton and Nigel Armstrong judged Jason Crockford)
Final Judged by Neil Kristiansen

 HandlerDogRd 1Rd 1Run OffTotal
1Ken AthertonRamulam Charlie (K)989598291
2Nigel ArmstrongTumutvalley Jude (K)969796289
3Nigel ArmstrongYarralonga Scope (K)9497 191
=4Jason CrockfordWyndora Strife (K)91.592 183.5
=4Jason CrockfordWyndora Dusty (K)92.591 183.5
6Alan DunnGogetta Thor (K)9291 183
7Rod ForsythKumbark Todd (K)9092 182
8Nigel ArmstrongYarralonga Opal (K)8397 180
9Karyn BullerDunns Chopper (K)8684 170
10Karyn BullerBoco Louie (K)8173 154
11Tara HerbertMarionvale Tess (K)6962 131
12Ken AthertonRamulam Fella (K)91RTD 91
K – Kelpie
RTD – Retired