Patience key to dog trialling — Anderson

Prominent Omarama triallist Ginger Anderson won his fifth New Zealand title at the recent South...
Prominent Omarama triallist Ginger Anderson won his fifth New Zealand title at the recent South Island and New Zealand sheep dog trial championships in Southland. PHOTO: ELIZABETH O’CONNEL
After 58 years, Ginger Anderson's passion for dog trialling has not diminished.

Mr Anderson and Jet won the New Zealand short head and yard title at the recent South Island and New Zealand sheep dog trial championships at Greenvale, near Gore.

It was his fifth New Zealand title and he was also seventh in the same event with Boss.

Mr Anderson grew up on Ben Omar Station, an 8500ha property near Omarama.

His father’s first name was also Ian, but Mr Anderson received the nickname Ginger for his red hair.

Dog trialling ran in his family, as his father won New Zealand, South Island and North Island titles.

His grandfather was head shepherd at Benmore Station, near Omarama, having moved from Scotland to New Zealand in the 1890s with his dogs. Growing up with Border Collie dogs at Ben Omar influenced him to start dog trialling because he loved dogs, he said.

Mr Anderson has been married to Sylvia for more than 50 years and the couple’s son, John, now ran Ben Omar, and he helped out when he could.

Some of his proudest dog trialling moments were representing New Zealand at five tests in Australia and three in New Zealand, as well as winning his first New Zealand title.

“It’s good to know you can do it”, he said.

He ran his first dog in the New Zealand championships in 1965 and, in 1969, he won a South Island championship, which was when he started to win major titles, he said.

Mr Anderson has three dogs trialling of six working dogs, which he bred himself.

Dick, the youngest, would need one or two more years until he was “in full force”.

Patience was key and it was all about repetition when he trained his dogs.

“It becomes second nature,’’ he said.

- By Natasha Parrant

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