50th NATIONAL KELPIE FIELD TRIAL, CARCOAR, NSW, 7 - 10 November 2019
The trial was held in Carcoar Showground, food was provided by the local P&C. A nice touch was a separate van providing “Brewed” Coffee. The trial Course was designed by Chris Stapleton & run by him & his group of willing helpers.
The sheep were very even over the 4 days of the trial. They appeared to be from one mob and/or having been well handled by their owner. Each day the sheep were brought in the night before and released onto the Ground overnight & then yarded before the start of the days runs.
After the cast (of 110m +), lift and draw the competitor proceeded to the yards via a Gap. The competitor could elect to avoid the Gap and proceed directly to the Yards (with a loss of Points). The yard itself was a simplified version of that used in “Yard trials,” was arranged in a pattern that tested the dog’s performance there. On release from the Yard a drive was required to move the sheep to the Race.
It was up to the competitor to decide when to leave the yard and move to control the dog at the race. After successfully working the race competitor then proceeded to the pen which proved difficult for some due to its position being fairly close to the sheep release area. The degree of difficulty of the course was such that most competitors at least reached the Pen. All in all, it was a well-designed course.
One feature not seen before was the trial Judge’s use of a golf buggy to move around the course. This did not appear to upset the sheep and allowed the judge to move rapidly between obstacles and more importantly back to the start after delivering the competitor’s score to the people manning the score board. It is estimated that 5 minutes would be saved on each run.
Bradley Sisters Memorial Trophy
Unpolished bronze Kelpie Head, cast, stylised map of Australia in wood. Perpetual trophy awarded to Best Type of Kelpie competing in WKC National Trials' . The trophy was donated by the WKC to perpetuate the work and memory of Joan and Eileen Bradley who had been associated with the formation of the WKC and given unbroken service on the committee and who had devoted a considerable amount of time, in association with Barbara Cooper, to the analysis of the connection between conformation (body framework) and efficient and sustained movement. The trophy is awarded to the dog which possesses sound conformation and pleasing ‘Kelpie type’ appearance.
Highest scoring Novice dog worked by a Novice handler outside the final. Ice Bucket donated by the late Mike Donelan who conducted the well known ‘Bullenbong’ Kelpie Stud at the Rock, NSW. The trophy was designed to encourage participation in the trial by novice handler.
CJ Butler Memorial
'Rounded type' shield. In memory of the WKC Foundation President. Originally presented for competition at the Australian Championship Trials, when the trial was conducted annually at Nyngan the home town of the late CJ Butler. Originally awarded to the Kelpie gaining the highest aggregate score it was re-allocated in 1970 to the National Kelpie Trial for awarding to the Kelpie with the highest individual score.
Capree Stud Perpetual Trophy
(Formally Bayer Trophy) Awarded for the fastest time over the completed course - Donated or competition in 1981 by the Bayer Company, manufacturers of Veterinary products.
Coleman Noakes Memorial Trophy
Highest scoring Novice Dog - 3 Columns, laurel wreathe with head imposed on an 8-sided wooden base. Donated by the Noakes family in memory of the late R C ‘Pat’ Noakes who conducted the very well known ‘Woombi’ Stud. The late ‘Pat’ Noakes was highly respected as a Sheepdog Trial Judge and President of the NSW Sheepdog Workers from the time it reformed after World War ll until approximately 1952. The trophy was originally donated to the NSW Sheepbreeder Association. for awarding to the highest scoring Novice dog in the NSW Championships at Sydney. When the trial was no longer conducted by the NSW Sheepbreeders the trophy remained out of competition for some years before being re-allocated to the WKC It is awarded to the highest individual score by a Novice dog.
Frank Scanlon Perpetual Trophy
Best Cast, lift and draw - Silver Tray. Donated by P S L Austin in recognition of the part Mr Frank Scanlon has played in the development of the Kelpie breed. The Scanlon bred strain is highly regarded for possessing naturally good cast, lift and draw.
Lorna Brown Trophy
Awarded to the lady handler working the highest scoring individual dog in the NKFTC
Silver tray. Awarded for the most effective yard performance. Donated by John Gedye of the Scoriochre Stud, Dundonnel, Vic. to provide recognition of dogs who possess effective yard working ability in addition to their ability in the field.
Tarrent Rockybar Trophy
Awarded for the ‘Best Outside’ work in the opinion of the Judge.
W Prendergast Memorial Shield
Bronze Kelpie Head. Perpetual shield: Awarded annually to the Breeder of the winner. Donated by the Prendergast family in association with the WKC - in memory of the late W J ‘Bill Prendergast who's ‘Cudgee’ Kelpie Stud was founded before the turn of the century.
Black/tan female, born 6/3/2012 Motleys Bradley Sisters Memorial TrophyRussell x Binnaburra Lady
WKC Trophies 2019
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