New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Association volunteers update
the leader board on the final day of the Tux South Island
and New Zealand Championship trials, at Waihi Station, near
Geraldine, last month. Photo by Ruth Grundy.
The weather may have threatened to dominate but the dogs
won the day in the end.
Various weather systems skirted in and around Waihi Station,
threatening but not impeding last month's week-long Tux South
Island and New Zealand championship trials, near Geraldine.
The trials were hosted by the New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial
Association's (NZSDTA) Canterbury centre at its Geraldine
Collie Dog Club trial grounds.
Entries were up on previous national events.
Specifically, the number of entries in each of the huntaway
events - 280 - outnumbered those entered in the heading
events - 250 - breaking previous records, Canterbury centre
publicity officer Sally Mallinson said.
Centre president Fraser McKenzie said despite it being a
''hectic'' week with ''long days and short nights'', the
event had run smoothly.
Rain had made the ground ''a little greasy'' underfoot for
the good crowds of spectators, and snow had given those
travelling from southern regions an ''anxious time'' - a cold
front moving in looked like it might threaten competitions on
day four - but otherwise it had all ''ticked along pretty
well'', he said.
NZSDTA president John Harvey said the fact the competitions
finished within five days was a tribute to the organisers.
''Everything has to fall into place for that to happen,'' Mr
Event 1, the long head, was won by Eion Herbert and Storm, of
Wakefield; the short head and yard was won by Peter Kidd and
Chief, of Christchurch; the zig-zag huntaway was won by Terry
Bould and Cash, of Gore, and the straight huntaway was won by
Murray Child and Frank, of Whangarei.
The team chosen to represent New Zealand in Australia for the
transtasman challenge is: Murray Child (Northland Centre,
captain), Andrew Clark (Canterbury Centre). Eion Herbert
(Nelson/Marlborough Centre), Bob Bruce (Hawkes Bay Centre)
and Stu Millar (Canterbury Centre, reserve).