Great day in the yards

Winner of the open trail at the Forbes Yard Dog event, Kevin Howell, and Karana Abba. The ten-and-a-half year old Abba recorded rounds of 96 and 90, for 186 points.
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Eugowra’s Kevin Howell, and his kelpie “Abba”, got home by one point in thefinal of the ForbesYardDogtrial at the Forbes Showground on Saturday,October 22.

They edged out Peter Darmody, and “Double”, of West Wyalong, with Goulburn’sMatt Sherwood, and “Wonder” sharing equal second place on 185 points – onepoint adrift of Abba.

The days trialling, postponed from the rained out Forbes Show in lateAugust, saw more than 50 workingdogsshow their wares before judge BillLuff, of Adjungbilly, in both Open and Novice trials, with no less than 22of the State’s top workingdogscontesting the open event.

This saw a first round score of 93 or more needed to make the open final,and placings were still in doubt when last contestants Howell and “Abba”entered theyardwith both “Double” and “Wonder” joint leaders at thatstage.

It was a tense final working with the clock having to be stopped as Howellencountered a jammed gate midway through the run, and not until judge Luffannounced a score of 90 for Abba, to go with the top first round effort of96, and a two round score of 186 points that the Eugowra locals had won theday.

The ten-and-a-half year old Abba wasone point ahead of PeterDarmody, and Double, and Goulburn’s Matt Sherwood, with “Wonder”. Howellalso took fourth place with Rambo.

Peter Darmody and “Double” recorded the best round of the final with 92points, while “Wonder” turned in a great first round of 95, and followed upwith 90 in the final.

Lake Cargelligo’s Rod Turner, and three-year old kelpie “Trapper”, headedhome a big field of 33 workers to win the Novice final.

They achieved the best score of the day with a first round run of 97 points,and while “Trapper” found the final a tougher outing he still came home witha score of 91, for 188.

Local Dave Whitby, and “Tilly”, recorded rounds of 87 and 88, for 175points, just ahead of Picton’s Ben Coster, and Jock, with rounds of 86 and82, for 168 points.

Trial organiser Noel Hocking, said it was great to see handlers and theirdogscome from as far afield as Picton, Goulburn, and Lake Cargelligo to compete in the event.

Open placegetters Peter Darmody and Matt Sherwood of Goulburn, winner Kevin Howell of Eugowra with judge Bill Luff, finalist Dave Whitby and organiser Noel Hocking.

The yard dog trials were one of the events postponed from the annual Forbes Show due to major flooding in and around Forbes causing many road closures.

Horse ring events including jumping were also held on the day, more results and photos from that event to come in future editions.

There was also lots of family fun to be had, with a jumping castle, games by Forbes Little Athletics, animal nursery and reptile show by our local snake catcher Paul Newcombe.

Judge Bill Luff with novice trial placegetters Dave Whitby of Forbes; winner Rod Turner of Lake Cargelligo; Ben Coster of Picton, and Matt Sherwood of Goulburn.

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