Dogpro Plus Tarwonga Yard & Utility 2023

Written by Nan Lloyd
Photos Nan Lloyd and Karyn Buller

DogPro Plus Tarwonga Yard and Utility trial, April 7th to 9th, 2023.

Tarwonga near Arthur River was the venue for the first utility trial of the year run by the Mayanup club.

The weather was  a little unusual. Friday morning was quite warm, but by the afternoon the clouds had come over and the rain started by evening and continued into the night and the next day.

Fortunately it was not too cold and it was beautiful grass growing weather so the local farmers were happy.

The sheep were large mixed age Dohne ewes and worked quite well mostly but if they decided to make a break, they covered a lot of ground quickly. They weren’t too bad at going into the obstacles, but were cunning and quick to outsmart some dogs. If they got to the fence before the dog reached them they went over, but this did not happen too often.

We worked a different yard course this time and it was challenging but the sheep flowed quite well mostly, apart from being  a little difficult at the first big gather.

The truck was used in the open yard and this proved to be the most difficult obstacle. They generally went into the truck quite well but didn’t want to come out. Many handlers came unstuck when two or three sheep walked down the ramp then turned and bolted back up again, creating a bottle neck.

Also being a new course, a few people got lost and were disqualified after they walked to the wrong gate.

Utility trialling is labour intensive, but everyone pitched in to assist. Either by helping get sheep in and out, working at the two let-outs, judging and helping in the kitchen or the office.

One of the best things at Mayanup club trials is the food. Delicious cakes, slices and toasted sandwiches and a yummy BBQ tea and salad in the evening, which always creates a great atmosphere for a social catchup.


1Lee CrockfordZarin (US)

Novice Yard
Judged by Rod Forsyth. Rod Judged by Karyn Buller and Nigel Armstrong

1Gordon CurtisBinnaburra Marvin423779
2Ken AthertonRamulam Charlie393978
3Rod ForsythBarkervale Clark43144
4Phil BarkerBarkervale Ringo40SCR40
Kelpie unless stated

Novice Utility

Judged by Nan Lloyd. Nan Judged by Karyn Buller and Rod Forsyth.

1Ken AthertonRamulam Charlie8076156
2Ken AthertonRamulam Fella5968127
3Karyn BullerBoco Louie5942101
4Karyn BullerBoonining Turbo544094
Kelpie unless stated

Improver Yard

Judged by Nigel Armstrong. Nigel Judged by Gordon Curtis and Ken Atherton.

Final judged by Nan Lloyd

1Nigel ArmstrongYarralonga Opal8986175
2Ken AthertonRamulam Charlie7578153
3Gordon CurtisKumbark Scotty7374147
4Karyn BullerChopper6456120
5Gordon CurtisBinnaburra Buzz7146117
Kelpie unless stated

Open Yard
Judged by Nigel Armstrong. Nigel Judged by Gordon Curtis and Ken Atherton. Final judged by Ken Atherton

1Nigel ArmstrongTumutvalley Jude9082172
2Nan LloydKumbark Ace7686162
3Gordon CurtisKumbark Tina7383156
4Nigel ArmstrongYarralonga Scope90.561151.5
5Nigel ArmstrongTumutvalley Roy71.575146.5
6Gordon CurtisKumbark Scotty73DQ73
Kelpie unless stated

Open Utility
Judged by Ken Atherton. Ken Judged by Gordon Curtis and Nigel Armstrong.

1Nan LloydKumbark Ace8685171
2Karyn BullerBoonining Masie5766123
3Ken AthertonRamulam Charlie6058118
4Ken AthertonRamulam Fella5459.5113.5
5Tanya DeBijlBoylee Scout (BC)6053113
6Gordon CurtisKumbark Scotty5949108
7Rod ForsythGrassvalley Hazel (BC)504999
8Tanya DeBijlRamulam Secret4848
=9Nigel ArmstrongTumutvalley Roy4545
=9Nigel ArmstrongYarralonga Scope4545
=11Rod ForsythBarkervale Clark4444
=11Nan LloydKumbark Merlin4444
Kelpie unless stated