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MILBURN WORKING KELPIE STUD

Michael Johnston

MILBURN BASIL

Phils Creek Sam X Capree Misty II

Born: 10th May 1992

Michael worked a number of other good Kelpies after his wins with Noonbarra Butch and did well with them but his next really exceptional Kelpie was one he bred himself, Milburn Basil. In 1997, Michael Johnston working Basil won the big NSW State Yard Championship Trial. The same year he went and won the National Australian Open Yard Championship as well.

MILBURN BASIL/ Photo: Stephen Bilson

Milburn Basil has shown he is an outstanding Kelpie in the popular yard trials and is still winning new titles. Many people consider him the top Yard & Utility Trial Kelpie in Australia. In 1998, Milburn Basil placed 3rd in the Australian National Kelpie Trial. Back in 1996, Milburn Basil won the Scanlon Award at the National Kelpie Trial for best Cast, lift and draw. He has also won the National field Days Utility Trial at Orange as well as the Central Western Championships.

MILBURN BASIL - Trial results (Not yet completed) 

1994

2nd

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

West Wyalong Yard Trial

92/85

1994

4th

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Woodstock Yard Trial

94/88

1994

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Canowindra Yard Trial

95/91

1994

6th

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Monaro Yard Champ - Crookwell

81/75

1994

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Western NSW Championship

1995

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

SouthernNSW Yard Championship

194. 5

1995

3rd

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Parkes Yard Trial

96/86

1995

2nd

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Canberra Yard Trial

92/94

1995

4th

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Boorowa yard trial

92/91

1995

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Western NSW Championship - Nyngan

1995

2nd

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

NSW State Yard Championship

1995

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Forbes Yard Trial

1996

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Southern NSW Yard Championship

185

1996

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Forbes Yard Trial

1996

2nd

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

NSW State Yard Championship

1996

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Henty Championship

1997

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Eugowra Yard Trial

1997

4th

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

West Wyalong Yard Championship

1997

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Nyngan Classic

162

1997

4th

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Nyngan Yard Trial

92/92

1997

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Eugowra Yard Trial

95/94

1997

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

West Wyalong Yard Trial

91/94

1997

9th

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Henty Yard Championship

167

1997

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Australian Yard Championship - Vic

94. 5/94

1997

5th

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Elmore Vic. Yard Trial

189. 5

1997

6th

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Millamolong Utility

?

1997

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Young Yard Trial

91. 5/91. 5

1997

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Forbes Yard Trial

1997

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Western NSW Champion - Nyngan

1997

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Canberra Championship

1997

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

NSW State Title - Cowra

1998

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Dubbo Show Yard Trial

193

1998

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Central West Yard Championship

1998

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

National Field Days Utility Trial

1998

3rd

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Cootamundra Yard Trial

172

1998

2nd

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Carcoar Yard Trial

192

1998

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Young Yard Trial

91. 5/ 91. 5

1998

3rd

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

National Kelpie Trial

80/76

1998

2nd

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Nyngan Yard

170

1998

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

NSW Yard Championship

92/84. 5

1998

1st

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

Central Tablelands Championship

1999

2nd

Milburn Basil

Michael Johnston

Open

NSW State Championship - Canberra

Milburn Basil / Photo: Stephen Bilson

In September 1998, Milburn Basil won the Central West Championship Yard Trial with a great final score of 97 points. The Milburn Stud also won the Improver Title with Bonorong Rex, 4 points ahead of his nearest rival.

"The biggest highlight of my career was winning my first Open class Yard Dog Title, which was the NSW State Championship - competing with the best dogs in the country and then going on to win the Australian Yard Dog Championship with Noonbarra Butch."

"I consider Milburn Basil and Noonbarra Butch to be my best dogs so far. .. A good temperament in a dog is very important. The dog has to have natural ability, stamina and a good presence on his stock, with a williness to please his handler. He should have a good amount of eye with the ability to force when required and good casting ability."


Milburn Basil was named Western NSW and Australian Capitol Territory (ACT) Yard dog of the year for 1993-1994. In 1996 Milburn Basil won the Scoriocre Trophy at the National Kelpie Trial held at Lucindale South Australia. This award was for the most effective yard work. Basil,shares this award with many famous Kelpies of the past including Liscannor Kay, Capree Watch and Barambogie Chance.

At the NSW State Championship held in Canberra February 1999, Milburn Darkie was placed first (owned by Jim Luce), Milburn Basil was placed second and Noonbarra Butch was placed third. Basil & Butch are both owned by Michael Johnston and Milburn Darkie was bred by him, in fact Basil and Darkie are full brothers.This was an outstanding success for the Milburn Stud and shows the huge influence the Stud has had on the trials.

Milburn Basil has been named the Yard Dog of the Year for 1999. This is the third straight year he has won the award as he was also successful in 1997 and 1998. Michael himself also won the Best Handler Award for 1999.