Invercargill shearer Nathan Stratford won the PGG Wrightson
National Circuit final at the three-day Golden Shears in
Masterton last weekend.
Mr Stratford scored the biggest win of his career, although
he was only fourth to finish.
His shearing quality enabled him to overtake three faster
finishers who had won the event eight times between them.
Tony Coster, of Rakaia, was second, while Lorneville-based
Winton shearer Darin Forde was third after beating Stratford
off the board by 1min 52.184sec. Mr Stratford has won almost
40 open titles in an open career that started in 1997.
On Saturday, he was also fourth in what was his fifth Golden
Shears Open final.
Mataura shearer Brett Roberts won his second Golden Shears
title with a victory of more than a point and a half in the
Golden Shears Senior final.