Waipori Station shepherd Cody Pickles competes in the
Taieri Collie Club's annual trials at Lee Stream. Photo by
When Cody Pickles goes to the dog trials, he takes his
Gin with him.
The young Otago shepherd also takes Dusty, another member of
his eight-strong working dog team. Both dogs are heading
Mr Pickles (23), who is in his second season of ''having a
go'' at dog trialling, works at Waipori Station, a 12,000ha
Landcorp Farming-owned property on the shores of Lake
From Duntroon, in North Otago, he left school at the end of
year 11 at St Kevin's College and worked as a mechanic before
becoming a shepherd, drawn by the attraction of being outside
and seeing some different country.
Having a team of dogs also appealed and his interest in dogs
began initially with pig dogs for pig hunting.
Mr Pickles worked on two North Otago properties - Otekaieke
Station and Dome Hills - before heading south in September
While describing his dog trialling performances as ''a bit
rough'', Mr Pickles enjoyed the challenge of the sport and
meeting others. His aim for the future was to ''just get
better at it''.
He believed the key to being a successful triallist was
training your dogs well and while he did not get much time
over summer, he spent a fair bit of time doing it over the
rest of the year.
The dog trialling season is in full swing in the South, with
the Otago centre championships being held at Heriot on March
27 and 28 and the North Otago centre championships at
Patearoa on April 28 and 29.
This year's South Island and New Zealand championships will
be held in South Canterbury in May.