Dogpro Plus State Yard & Utility Championships 2023

Report by Nan Lloyd
Photos by Nan Lloyd and Karyn Buller

10th-13th August 2023 at Binnaburra, Kellerberrin.

Our State Yard and Utility trials rotate between two clubs.

This year it was Northern Districts turn. The trial was run at Binnaburra, near Kelleberrin.

The weather was pleasant for the first day, and a bit chilly at night. However the rain started at midday Friday and continued into the night and halfway through the next day. This made things quite uncomfortable for man and beast, but local farmers were happy, as it has been dry this year.

The sheep were red tag wethers and worked quite well for most dogs. The gap was the most difficult obstacle, but once they completed it, the sheep settled for the remaining obstacles. Quite a few dogs managed to pen their sheep.

In the yard section the sheep worked well. They did have a fair amount of wool on them causing them to get jammed in the draft and the on the truck. When it started raining the sheep got a bit heavier and tended to stick in the race. All in all, they flowed well, and the scores reflected this.

There were two Patron’s awards for the best work which went to Daniel Beard and Steve Wallace.

The Novice Utility and Yard was judged by Simon Leaning. Simon was judged by Karyn Buller and Rod Forsyth.

The Open Utility was judged by Nigel Armstrong. Nigel was judged by Nan Lloyd and Gordon Curtis.

The Open and Improver Yard was judged by Ken Atherton. Ken was judged by Nan Lloyd and Gordon Curtis.

The winners for the weekend were.
Novice Yard – Tara Herbert with Marionvale Tess.
Novice Utility – Karyn Buller with Boco Louie.
Improver Yard – Allan Dunn with Dunns Smallchange.
Open Yard – Allan Dunn with Gogetta Thor.
Open Utility – Simon Leaning with Marionvale Chip, after completing a run-off against himself with Marionvale Di.
All winners this year were Kelpies. Marionvale Di did her best to represent the Border Collies.

Novice Yard
Judged by Simon Leaning

1Tara HerbertMarionvale Tess (K)50
=2Tony BoyleBoylee Cournel44
=2Simon LeaningYarrabee Jack (K)44
4Tony BoyleBoylee Gus41
5Nan LloydKumbark Lexi (K)40
6Nan LloydBinnaburra Merlin (K)38
K – Kelpie

Novice Utility
Judged by Simon Leaning

1Karyn BullerBoco Louie (K)75
2Gordon CurtisBinnaburra Marvin (K)73
3Ken AthertonRamulam Prickles (K)67
=4Simon LeaningMarionvale Di65
=4Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Sir Ben65
6Tony BoyleBoylee Cournel64
K- Kelpie

Improver Yard
Judged by Ken Atherton

 WorkerDogScore 1Score 2Total
1Allan DunnDunns Smallchange (K)8690176
=2Blake RobinsonWyndora Ruby (K)8984173
=2Simon LeaningYarrabee Jack (K)8786173
4Gordon CurtisKumbark Scotty (K)8773160
5Gordon CurtisBinnaburra Buzz (K)7683159
6Tara HerbertMarionvale Tess (K)7678154
7Grant CookeGrassvalley Bluey7677153
8Gordon CurtisBinnaburra Marvin (K)84LS84
K – Kelpie
LS – Lost Sheep

Open Yard
Judged by Ken Atherton

 WorkerDogScore 1Score 2Total
1Allan DunnGogetta Thor (K)9294186
2Nigel ArmstrongYarralonga Scope (K)9390183
3Blake RobinsonRamulam Kick (K)9389182
4Ken AthertonRamulam Charlie (K)90.589.5180
5Rod ForsythKumbark Todd (K)8888176
6Blake RobinsonNap8488172
7Allan DunnDunns Smallchange (K)8685171
8Gordon CurtisKumbark Scotty (K)8780167
9Simon LeaningMarionvale Di8382165
10Gordon CurtisBinnaburra Marvin (K)8472156
11Nigel ArmstrongTumutvalley Jude (K)8075155
12Nigel ArmstrongTumutvalley Roy (K)93LS93
K – Kelpie
LS – Lost Sheep

Open Utility
Judged by Nigel Armstrong

 WorkerDogScore 1Score 2Score 3Total
1Simon LeaningMarionvale Chip (K)918782260
2Simon LeaningMarionvale Di839577255
3Ken Atherton Ramulam Charlie (K)8691177
4Gordon CurtisBinnaburra Marvin (K)8283165
5Grant CookeGrassvalley Bluey8570155
6Ken Atherton Ramulam Fella (K)8568153
7Rod ForsythKumbark Todd (K)8163144
8Rod ForsythBarkervale Clark (K)7169140
9Neil KristiansenBadgingarra Sir Ben6867135
10Nigel ArmstrongYarralonga Scope (K)8148.5129.5
11Rod ForsythGrassvalley Hazel6837105
12Simon LeaningYarrabee Jack (K)73RTD73
13Blake RobinsonNap (K)68RTD68