Ashley Broadman and her dog Wade skitter down the slope
during the Queenstown Winter Festival dog derby yesterday.
Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
They say every dog has its day, and that day was in
Queenstown yesterday when about 60 dogs and their owners ran
down a snowy mountain.
The oldest event of the Queenstown Winter Festival, the dog
derby at Coronet Peak saw some competitors slide en masse
into a safety fence as they lost their footing on ice at the
bottom of the course, or lose track of their dogs altogether.
Divided into town and country categories, the townies raced
first, with Sean Beale and Sox, of Queenstown, leading the
Organisers then altered the course to make it safer for the
country competitors' race, which was won by Hayden Ross and
Gem, of Nokomai Station.
Apart from some sore muscles and a bleeding nose, no injuries
were reported to humans or canines.
Town category runner-up Brad Saville, of Queenstown, with
golden Labrador Cliff, said the event was ''awesome, wicked
''I was trying to keep up with this guy. He was going faster
He was chuffed they had done well in their first crack at the
Later in the afternoon, Beer, owned by Waimahaka farmer Cesil
Stanway, won the dog barking contest at Earnslaw Park.
Eichardt's Tavern Revisited, Queenstown Memorial
Dodgeball, Earnslaw Park.
Night skiing, Coronet Peak.
Ice hockey - Southern Stampede v Botany Swarm.
10.30am: Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Kids Magic Show,
Noon: Mountain Mayhem, Coronet Peak.
2.30pm: Family Fun Day, Queenstown Memorial
6pm: Mountain Scene Thriller in the Chiller,
Queenstown Events Centre.
7pm: Ice hockey - Southern Stampede v Botany Swarm.