Winton entrant wins top awards

Max Winders, of Mamaku, holds one of his entries in the Elk and Wapiti Society of New Zealand's...
Max Winders, of Mamaku, holds one of his entries in the Elk and Wapiti Society of New Zealand's annual awards. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
Winton deer farmer Dave Lawrence, from the Tikana stud, won the champion of champions title at the Elk and Wapiti Society of New Zealand's annual velvet and antler competition in Wanaka.

Mr Lawrence, who enjoyed considerable success in the competition, which attracted 63 entries, won the five year section, before claiming the top award. Donald Whyte, from Canterbury, won reserve champion with four year old hard antler.

When it came to quality of the entrants, one of the organisers, Paul Waller, said it was the best display of velvet seen in New Zealand. More than $100,000 worth of velvet was on display. Six heads weighed more than 20kg, which had ''never happened in New Zealand before'', Mr Waller said.

The event included a dinner, fashion show and fundraising auction, which raised about $6500.


Two year: Dictator (owned by Tikana), 110.20 NZ CWI points 1, Buck (Whyte Farming) 108.53 2, Isobar (Tikana) 107.89 3.

Three year: Tartan (Tikana), 132.5 1, Beckham (Tikana) 118.3 2, Toronto (Whyte Farming) 113.6 3.

Four year: Calgarry (Whyte Farming) 134.7 1, Zeus (Tikana) 132.3 2, Geronimo (Whyte Farming) 127.5 3.

Five year: Nepia (Tikana) 167.1 1, Storm (Tikana) 158.2 2, Storm (Tikana) 145.3 3.

Six year: H J (Longridge) 158.8 1, Henry (Bartholomew) 155.3 2, Spitfire (Clachanburn) 143.4 3.

Open: Deano (Whyte Farming) 187.03 1, Fonteroy (NPG Elk) 179.58 2, Mojo (Mayfield) 179.37 3.

Wapiti: Munro (L Irwin) 131.5 1, Unnamed (Raincliff) 119.8 2, Gucci (J and G Travers) 110.7 3.

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