35 handlers 92 dogs competed in the 2016 NKFTC. Entries came from NSW, SA, WA, Vic and Tas. The weather leading up to the trial day had been very windy wet and cool. The weather during the trial brightened. On the day of the final the weather could have been better.
The sheep were challenging without being difficult to work. They remained reasonably consistent for each of the handlers throughout the trial.
The Course was first-rate and the length of the cast was 200 meters. The yard effectively demonstrated the dog's ability in this area while not restricting the time available for the whole of the course (16.5 minutes). Few competitors had trouble there. The most problems were experienced in the paddock work. Putting the sheep through the race in the paddock proved too much of a challenge for many handlers and this is where they ran out of time.
In the first round there were many retirements. In the finals only 9 points separated the lowest to the highest scores (74 – 83 points), so first place was achievable by all of them. In the end Gary White with Whites Jimmy III prevailed with a score of 79 + 90 = 169.
Gary had an extra windfall in the finals. The litter that Whites Jimmy III belongs too includes Whites Chrissie and Whites Joe VII (placed 6th and 8th respectively). The mating was Motleys Russell x Binnaburra Lady.
Judging the Bradley Sisters Memorial Trophy was conducted by a two-member panel. It was agreed all dogs were of excellent standard and it was difficult to choose between them. Adam James with Tundabardi Buster was the eventual winner
The Judge, Greg Prince did exceptional job over the competition and his scoring was consistent over the whole tournament. Congratulations are in order for doing a remarkable job.
The members of the Committee and the organizers of the provisions must be thanked for the excellent food provided for the trial. All the food made available throughout the day plus hot food for breakfasts and lunches were excellent. They also catered for dinner each night. All dinners were an excellent standard.
Finally, the let out people and the organizers in the yards did a skilful job with first-rate releases.
The Committee must be congratulated on their professionalism in running the trial that was enjoyed by all.
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.
WHITES JIMMY III - 59409
Black/Tan Born 6/03/2012
Sire: MOTLEYS RUSSEL- 57366 (WHITES TEX V x MOTLEYS SOPHIE)
Dam: BINNABURRA LADY - 45711 (WHITES TEX V x RAMULAM SAMANTHA)
Bred by: Gary White
Owned by: Gary White