Preparations are well in hand for what promises to be an
entertaining display of skills as the country's top
triallists and their dogs try their best to outwit their
The New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Association (NZSDTA) Tux
South Island and New Zealand Championship trial begins at
Geraldine Collie Dog Club trial grounds at Waihi Station on
NZSDTA Canterbury Centre publicity officer Sally Mallinson
said about 240 dogs were entered in each heading event and
280 in each huntaway - about 300 competitors all up - with
equal numbers entered from the North and South islands.
Mrs Mallinson said the public was welcome to attend.
The run-offs for the New Zealand titles on the Friday and
Saturday would be a ''great show'' for spectators.
There were no favourites as such, she said.
Every competitor started out on an equal footing.
''Success all comes down to the sheep you draw on the day.''
To qualify for entry, dogs must have gained six qualification
points in 2014.
Judges for the championships are: are Event I, long head, Ben
Manson, Canterbury; Event II, short head and yard, Dave
Davey, Wanganui; Event III, zigzag huntaway, Sam Manson,
Canterbury; Event IV, straight huntaway, Mel Bolton,
- by Ruth Grundy