The Working Kelpie Council of Australia

Breed Society for the Australian Working Kelpie

National Kelpie Field Trial Championship (NKFTC) - April 2018
Yallambee WA

National Kelpie Field Trial Championship Yallambee VIC

The NKFTC for 2018 was held in WA at Yallambee, Ken and Jenny Atherton’s property north of Arthur River in the states south. The cast was up hill and the ground ran down alongside a dam. Quite picturesque and provided a good view for spectators.

The sheep were Dohnes and were fleet of foot and inclined to run down the fence on the cast if not headed quickly enough. They also had a tendency to split if pushed too hard.

They provided plenty of challenges for the dogs and frustration for the handlers. The more experienced dogs managed to hold them together and some good scores were achieved.

The cast lift and draw was the most difficult section. Once that was managed they then had to be worked into a small holding yard. This required patience and good covering dogs.

Once in the yard, the first gather also proved a headache for some people, if the dog was not in the right spot the sheep quickly worked it out and would race through any gaps. The rest of the yard course generally caused few problems.

Once the yard course was completed, handlers then went back out and released the five sheep they had yarded. They then continued towards the first obstacle which was a gap, followed by a trap. For the trap the dog had to put the sheep into a narrow obstacle and hold them until the handler walked to the other end and opened the gate to let them out. The last obstacle was a pen, which was not easy, and as the sheep could not be rushed, many competitors simply ran out of time here.

It was a great trial, with challenging sheep, a good course and great spirit of competition from all handlers.

1
Adam James
Myamba Moss
84 + 69 =153
2
Kevin Howell
Karana Tige II
80 + 61 = 141
3
Cordon Curtis
BinnaBurra Johnny
67 +65 = 132
4
Greg Walton
Karana JedI
66 + 63 = 129
5
Gary White
Whites Fella II
76 +52 = 128
6
Gary White
Whites Jimmy
65 +55 = 120
U/P
Nan Lloyd
Kumbark Ace
65+ 51 = 116
U/P
Ken Atherton
Ramulam Lad
80 + LS = 80

National Kelpie Field Trial Championship Winners
Perpetual Shield - solid silver head in centre is awarded to the winner each year. Originally donated by the Bob Martin Company who sponsored the holding of the trial for Kelpie sheepdogs it became the major trophy associated with the trial when commercial sponsorship ceased.

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.

Bullenbong Trophy
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

Scoriochre Trophy
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.

National Kelpie Field Trial Championship Winners
Perpetual Shield - solid silver head in centre is awarded to the winner each year. Originally donated by the Bob Martin Company who sponsored the holding of the trial for Kelpie sheepdogs it became the major trophy associated with the trial when commercial sponsorship ceased.
WKC 2018 'National Field Trial Championship'
Yallambee WA

MYAMBA MOSS A3M-29070-14
Black/Tan Born 16 Nov 2014
Sire: TUNDABARDI BUSTER A3M-22003-11 (NEALS DEN x TUNDABARDI CASSIE)
Dam: JONESS GEMMA II A3F-24834-08 (FARMCOTE HARLEY x JOYCES VINNY)
Bred by: Damien Clifford
Owned by: Adam James


1
Adam James
Myamba Moss
84 + 69 = 153
2
Kevin Howell
Karana Tige II
80 + 61 = 141
3
Cordon Curtis
BinnaBurra Johnny
67 + 65 = 132
3
Greg Walton
Karana Jed
66 + 63 = 129
5
Gary White
Whites Fella II
76 + 52 = 128
6
Gary White
Whites Jimmy
65 = 55 = 120
U/P
Nan Lloyd
Kumbark Ace
65 + 51 = 116
U/P
Ken Atherton
Ramulam Lad
80 + LS = 80

 

WKC Trophies 2016 Bradley Sisters Memorial Trophy
JINDI MIST - A3F-28935-15
Black/Tan: Born 11 Oct 2015
Sire: TUNDABARDI BUSTER A3M-22003-11 (NEALS DEN x TUNDABARDI CASSIE)
Dam: LITTLEPLAIN LIZ A3F-28924-12 (YALLAROI TOSS x EDGERTON FLY)
Bred by: Philip James
Owned by: Philip James

Bullenbong Trophy
Not Awarded
Capree Stud Perpetual Trophy
Gary White
Whites Fella II 13:40 min.
CJ Butler Memorial
Adam James
MYAMBA MOSS
Coleman Noakes Memorial
Matt Fletcher
BRAZIEARS TERROR
Frank Scanlon Perpetual Trophy
Karyn Buller
BOONING ROSIE
Lorna Browning Trophy
Nan Llyod
KUMBARK ACE
Scoriochre Trophy
Rex Hocking
Ken Atherton
Gordon Curtis
WASHPOOL TOM
RAMULAN LAD
BINNABURRA JOHNNY
Tarrant Rockybar Trophy
Adam James
MYAMBA MOSS
W Prendergast Memorial Shield
Damien Clifford
MYAMBA MOSS