2016 Supreme Australian Championship

2016 Northam, W.A.

8 – 16 October 2016

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Pip Hudson presenting Malcolm Taylor winner Australian Supreme

The town of Northam in Western Australia’s eastern wheat belt, was where Australia and New Zealand’s best sheepdogs and handlers met, to compete in three major Sheepdog events. The event was hosted by the Western Australian Working Sheepdog Association, and was organised and run by the Supreme Sub-Committee, chaired by Grant Cook, with assistance from many WAWSDA members.

The Australian supreme is the event everyone strives to win. This year there were 205 dogs entered from all over Australia and New Zealand, and competition was strong. Of these 205, the twenty highest scoring dogs compete again, and in the final round the top ten compete for a chance to claim the title of Australian Supreme Champion. The event was won by Malcolm Taylor from Tasmania with his dog Somerville Nell.

The supreme Championship was started in Tasmania in 1990 and is now rotated around the states. The last time a Supreme was held in WA was in 2011

Also hotly contested was the Ted Gaby interstate challenge, where the two best dogs and handler from each state compete for the shield. Out of these 12 competitors the four top scoring dogs will compete against the New Zealanders the following year for the WayLeggo cup.

Winners of the Ted Gaby this year were NSW closely followed by WA and Tasmania.

In this years WayLeggo Cup, the Kiwis were a force to be reckoned with and they won convincingly.

The trial ran from the 8th to the 16th of October at the Northam Showgrounds. The event was well publicized on Radio and in newspaper as well as online, resulting in very good public attendance.

The weather was changeable, swinging from near gale force winds and rain in the early part of the event, to a couple of chilling frosts, then to 33 degree days in the middle and back to cooler conditions for the last couple of days.

The sheep for the Supreme and the Trans Tasman were Merinos supplied by Grant Cooke and family, and the sheep for the Ted Gaby were a composite breed, supplied by Guy and Joanne Bowen of Mount Ronan stud in York.

The Merinos were tricky to work, attempting to take off whenever they could and running at the dogs. The Composites where somewhat heavier to handle and needed a bit more pushing to get them around the course.

It was an entertaining and exciting eight days of trialling, which saw some highly talented dogs and handlers take on wayward sheep and win.

Next years supreme will be held in Seymour Victoria.

 

Top 20

No Worker Dogs Name Run 1 Run 2 Total
1 Jim O’Connell Kadens Betty 87.5 89 176.5
2 Bernard McGlashan Grassvalley Spud 90 80 170
3 Geoff Gibson Gibsons D J 95 80.5 175.5
4 Greg Prince Delrio Whiskey 93.5 77.5 171
5 Greg.Prince Morgans Sophie 89.5 85 174.5
6 Paul Okane Andrew Symonds 89 53 142
7 Ken Atherton Ramulam Lad 90.5 73.5 164
8 Bill Davidson Wirchilleba Abby 92 92.5 184.5
9 Mick Hudson Perangary Marge 89.5 87 176.5
10 Greg Prince Princes Dan 97 RTD 97
11 Eion Herbert  NZ Storm 92 43 135
12 Malcolm Taylor Somerville Nell 94 94 188
13 Paul O’Kane Okane Charles Dickens 94.5 81.5 176
14 Mick Hudson MGH Meg 92.5 94.5 187
15 Greg Prince Tippers Brigalow 91.5 79.5 171
16 Geoff Gibson Blackbrook Merri 93.5 72.5 166
17 Murray Childs  NZ Dice 89 92 181
18 Mick Hudson MGH Jess 90 92 182
19 Bill Davidson Longerview Bazza 88 80 168
20 Ivan Solomon Perangary Sasha 87.5 RTD 87.5

Supreme Top 10

No Competitor Dog Run 1 Run 2 Total Place
6 Malcolm Taylor Somerville Nell 188 90.5 278.5 1
7 Paul O’Kane Okane Charles Dickens 176 96.5 272.5 2
8 Mick Hudson MGH Meg 187 85 272 3
10 Mick Hudson MGH Jess 182 86.5 268.5 4
9 Murray Childs NZ Dice 181 87 268 5
3 Greg Prince Morgans Sophie 174.5 84.5 259 6
5 Mick Hudson Perengary Marge 176.5 72.5 249 7
2 Geoff Gibson Gibsons DJ 175.5 53 228.5 8
4 Bill Davidson Wirchilleba Abby 184.5 X 184.5 9
1 Jim O’Connell Kadens Betty 176.5 RTD 176.5 10

Jim O'Connell working the sheep around the casting peg

Jim O’Connell working the sheep around the casting peg

Improver

Competitor Dog Run 1 Run 2 Total Place
Pip Hudson Hudsons Chip 83 92.5 175.5 1
Rhonda O’Connell Camara Uncle 87 48.5 135.5 2
Malcolm Taylor Somerville Snow 86 X 86 3
Jim O’Connell Camara Chaos 84 X 84 4
Harry Hudson MGH Girl 83.5 DQ 83.5 5

 

Ivan Solomons Perengary Sasha

Ivan Solomons Perengary Sasha

Novice

Worker Dogs Name Run 1 Run 2 Total Placing
Pip Hudson Hudson’s Chip 80.5 73.5 154 1
Jenny Nolan Nolans Nancy 82 44 126 2
Gibb. Macdonald Gracehill Daisy 78 44.5 122.5 3
Bernard McGlashen McGlashan’s Mist 82 X 82 4
Carolyn Bell MeMate Mick 79.5 DQ 79.5 5

 

Ted Gaby Perpetual Interstate Challenge

Worker Dog State Round 1 Round 2 Total Round 3 Grand Total Place
Bill Davidson Wirchilliba Abby NSW 93.75 79.5 173.25 83.5 256.75 1
Geoff Gibson Gibsons DJ QLD 84.5 60 144.5 83 227.5 2
Grant Cooke Grassvalley Moss WA 79.25 81.25 160.5 65.25 225.75 3
Malcolm Taylor Somerville Nell TAS 85.25 75.75 161 64 225 4
David Lacey Akoonah Lady WA 73.25 60.75 134 78.75 212.75 5
Mick Hudson MGH Jess NSW 56 74.5 130.5 81.25 211.75 6
Michal Grant Fleetwood Dot TAS 69.5 48.5 118 87 205 7
Stephen Geraghty Somerville Clyde SA 82.5 38.5 121 77.5 198.5 8
Stefan Cross Echo Park Kara SA 74.5 61.75 136.25 61.75 198 9
David Hines Tarcoola Cloudy VIC 83.75 43.75 127.5 67.25 194.75 10
Roy Potticary Delrae Eddie QLD 20.5 74.5 95 81 176 11
Paul O’Kane Morgan’s Ashley Cooper VIC 54.25 RET 54.25 SCR 54.25 12


Ted Gaby Winners Mick Hudson and Bill Davidson from NSW.

Ted Gaby Winners Mick Hudson and Bill Davidson from NSW.

State Total Score Place
NSW 468.5 1
WA 438.5 2
TAS 430 3
QLD 403.5 4
SA 396.5 5
VIC 249 6

* The top 4 individual scores qualify for the 2017 Australian Test Test Team