2016 Northam, W.A.
8 – 16 October 2016
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
* The top 4 individual scores qualify for the 2017 Australian Test Test Team