Hot start for trial season

Whatatutu dog trial club got season under way on Friday and Saturday

Whatatutu dog trial club got season under way on Friday and Saturday

This picture was taken at the Whatatutu dog trials on Otara Station a year ago. Compare the state of the “greenery” then to the decent grass growth the district has enjoyed to this point of the summer. Neil Twigley and Frost were snapped as they started their run on the zig zag hunt. File picture

WHATATUTU dog trial club got the local trial season under way at Otara Station on Friday and Saturday in very hot and dry conditions. The shorn ewe lambs used were tough to yard in the heading events.

There were excellent entries of 90 heading dogs and 140 huntaways.

“The sheep handled very well on both heading courses but were not easy to yard, with approximately half the dogs yarding,” said club secretary Annie Flood.

“The lambs on the hunt courses were good to handle but did not climb freely, and had to be hunted steadily and persistently to reach the top of hill.”

Merv Utting showed his usual consistency in his win in the long head event, and Rangatira station shepherd Henry Gaddum excelled when he took out the straight hunt with his dog Jazz.

The same combination won the zigzag hunt at last years trial.

Next weekend’s trial is at Ngatapa.

WHATATUTU dog trial club got the local trial season under way at Otara Station on Friday and Saturday in very hot and dry conditions. The shorn ewe lambs used were tough to yard in the heading events.

There were excellent entries of 90 heading dogs and 140 huntaways.

“The sheep handled very well on both heading courses but were not easy to yard, with approximately half the dogs yarding,” said club secretary Annie Flood.

“The lambs on the hunt courses were good to handle but did not climb freely, and had to be hunted steadily and persistently to reach the top of hill.”

Merv Utting showed his usual consistency in his win in the long head event, and Rangatira station shepherd Henry Gaddum excelled when he took out the straight hunt with his dog Jazz.

The same combination won the zigzag hunt at last years trial.

Next weekend’s trial is at Ngatapa.

Results

Event one, long head (judge Laurie Horsfall): Merv Utting, Prince, 98, 1; Bob Bryson, Rex, 96, 2; Dave Wallace (Tutira), Duzar, 95, 3; Leo Edginton, Skip, 94.75, 4; Merv Utting, Fern, 94, 5. First maiden, Bex Baynes, Floss, 89.

Event two, short head and yard (judge Peter Williams): Andrew Savage, Gail, 95.5, 1; Clark Chrystal (Kotemaori), Boyd, 95, 2; Dave Wallace, Blue, 93.75, 3; Dave Wallace, Slug, 93.5, 4; Noddy Halley, Will, 93, 5. First maiden, Noddy Halley, Will, 93.

Event three, zig zag hunt (judge Colin Bayliss): Todd Harris, Bear, 97.5, 1; Jo Waugh, Sam, 96.5, 2; Fraser Taylor (Wairoa), Waite, 95.5, 3; Sandy Campbell, Lou, 95.25, 4; Merv Utting, Bess, 95, 5. First maiden, Jo Waugh, Sam, 96.5.

Event four, straight hunt (judge Deano Brenssell): Henry Gaddum, Jazz, 97, 1; Colin Bayliss, Gus, 96.5, 2; Gus Spence, Ben, 96.25, 3; Ned George, Tama, 96, 4; Anthony Hughes, Joe, 95.75, 5. First maiden, Ned George, Tama, 96.

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