Hare trigger for dogs

Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.

Some of the more than 60 dogs entered in the popular Jack Russell (and variations of the breed) race at the 77th Wanaka A&P Show on Saturday scamper after Pat McCarthy as he sets a trail with a dead hare.

The race was won by Daniel Bogue, of Wanaka, with his Jack Russell-Chihuahua cross Stella.

Although it was too early to confirm if there was a record attendance at the show, co-ordinator Jane Stalker said yesterday a good indication was that she offered a two-day ticket this year and had to print more to cope with the demand.

She estimated 32,000 spectators, competitors and trade exhibitors attended over the two days, with a confirmed record of 15,000 on the Friday.

The number of equestrian competitors was 270 - 40 more than last year.

Among the celebrity guests were Prime Minister John Key, Olympic canoe sprint gold medallist Lisa Carrington, Olympic BMX silver medallist Sarah Walker, London Paralympics multi-medallist Sophie Pascoe and Highlanders Brad Thorn, Ben Smith, Nasi Manu, Joe Wheeler and Shane Christie.