Fairlie good effort as Kerr acheives a hat-trick

Fairlie dog triallist Geoff Allison and Skip tackle the Maltese Cross test at the Mackenzie A&P Highland Show trials in Fairlie on Easter Monday. Photo by Ruth Grundy
Fairlie dog triallist Geoff Allison and Skip tackle the Maltese Cross test at the Mackenzie A&P Highland Show trials in Fairlie on Easter Monday. Photo by Ruth Grundy

Fairlie dog triallist Stephen Kerr and Mac pulled off a hat-trick at the Mackenzie A&P Highland Show trials on Easter Monday.

They not only won the dog trials open championship, earning them a Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) silver medal, but the pair also won the maiden and the district maiden competitions.

Show dog trial convener Geoff Allison said more than 50 dogs from throughout Canterbury entered the competition - a ''serious competition'' over a drive and yard course negotiating several complex obstacles including a Maltese Cross.

Ironically, it was Mr Kerr who provided the sheep - about 190 Meadowslea Romney-Texels, which had provided a ''fair sort of challenge'', Mr Allison said.

Nick France, of Mayfield, judged the competition.

Mr Kerr and Mac won with 96 points. Peter Boys and Tweed, of Timaru, were second with 95 points and Merv King and Kate, of Geraldine, were third with 94 points. Des Lysaght and Pearl, of Timaru, were fourth in the open and gained a Mackenzie Show tartan ribbon for winning the run-off for maiden.

Second in the district maiden was Mr Allison with Luck, while third was Ken Guy with Cap.