A dog trialling enthusiast who has been giving to the sport
for more than 75 years was this month honoured for his
Archie Reid, of Waihi Station, was presented with the
Straight Furrow Merit Award for services to dog trialling, at
the Tux South Island and New Zealand Championship trials held
at the property last month.
Gerald Johnson, the spokesman for the Geraldine Collie Dog
Club who nominated Mr Reid for the award, said the club
''could not function'' without Mr Reid's generosity in making
available the grounds and his Drysdale sheep.
Not only had he helped the local club, he had opened up the
property for regional and national events also, Mr Johnson
Mr Reid ran his first dog as a schoolboy in 1939 at the
He bought Waihi Station in 1970 and the Geraldine club
grounds were set up there in 1975, when it lost access to its
The Geraldine club hosted the national competitions for the
first time this year and Mr Johnson said it was fitting Mr
Reid be honoured in this way.
''Seventy-five years on, he is still a very active competitor
and club member.
''During this long involvement with the sport, he has been a
most enthusiastic club member and has been club president on
more than one occasion and is a life member of the club,'' Mr
He had also ''competed in provincial championships and has
judged the Otago championships on one occasion''.