Two titles for master Merv

Ngatapa dog trials results from last weekend

Ngatapa dog trials results from last weekend

COOLER TRIAL: The cooler weather made for much more pleasant conditions at the Ngatapa dog trial on Friday and Saturday, compared to the season opener at Whatatutu. Here Taka Broughton prepares to start his run with young Katie on the Zig Zag Huntaway course.

Picture by Trevor Brown

THE master Merv Utting picked up both heading titles at the successful Ngatapa dog trials last Friday and Saturday, held under cooler conditions. Entry numbers were very good and obviously many competitors were keen to qualify a dog for this year’s Tux NZ Championships at Whangara.

Utting obviously had another successful trial with Prince and Fern and he also notched up a fifth placing.

Toromiro Station manager Allen Irwin also had a win and a fifth with Dan, while local club members Colin Bayliss, Roger Strachan and Guy Thompson were placed with their huntaways.

Andrew Savage and Bob Bryson gained places in the the heading events.

This club has had issues with the standard of huntaway runs for many years, but this year has seen the highest ever standard of work on the huntaway courses. It was due of course to the quality of the huntaways and the presentation of the Coopworth ewe lambs — many thanks are due to the Jefferd family for their sheep.

Work on the heading courses was also of a very high standard, and there the Jefferd ram lambs worked exceptionally well.

Results

Event one, long head, 82 runs (judge Trevor Brown): Merv Utting, Prince, 99, 1; Clark Chrystal (Kotemaori), Boyd, 98.5, 2; Andrew Savage, Chief, 98, 3; Bob Bryson, Rex, 97.5, 4; Bob Bryson, Brad, 97, 5. 1st intermediate: Leo Edginton, Dave, 95.5. 1st maiden: Leo Edginton, Dave, 95.5.

Event two, short head and yard, 90 runs (judge Taka Broughton): Merv Utting, Fern, 98, 1; Bob Bryson, Glen, 97.5, 2; Leo Edginton, Skip, 97.25, 3; Noddy Halley, Spike, 97, 4; Merv Utting, Prince, 96.5, 5. 1st intermediate: Bob Bryson, Glen, 97.5; 1st maiden: Leo Edginton, Dave, 94.

Event three, zig zag hunt, 132 runs (judge Frank Mead): Clark Chrystal, Flynn, 98, 1; Bex Baynes (Wairoa), Scud, 97, 2; Colin Bayliss, Pearl, 96, 3; Roger Strachan, Rex, 95.25, 4; Allen Irwin, Dan, 95, 5. 1st intermediate: Bex Baynes, Scud, 97; 1st maiden: Brent Gallagher, Cruz, 94.

Event four, straight hunt, 138 runs (judge Hamish Thatcher): Allen Irwin, Dan, 97.5, 1; Colin Bayliss, Pearl, 96, 2; Jeremy Cook, Bud, 95.5, 3; Laurence Rau, Charm, 95, 4; Guy Thompson, Diesel, 94.5, 5. 1st intermediate: Allen Irwin, Dan, 97.5; 1st maiden: Guy Thompson, Diesel, 94.5.

Next weekend’s trial is at Te Araroa.

THE master Merv Utting picked up both heading titles at the successful Ngatapa dog trials last Friday and Saturday, held under cooler conditions. Entry numbers were very good and obviously many competitors were keen to qualify a dog for this year’s Tux NZ Championships at Whangara.

Utting obviously had another successful trial with Prince and Fern and he also notched up a fifth placing.

Toromiro Station manager Allen Irwin also had a win and a fifth with Dan, while local club members Colin Bayliss, Roger Strachan and Guy Thompson were placed with their huntaways.

Andrew Savage and Bob Bryson gained places in the the heading events.

This club has had issues with the standard of huntaway runs for many years, but this year has seen the highest ever standard of work on the huntaway courses. It was due of course to the quality of the huntaways and the presentation of the Coopworth ewe lambs — many thanks are due to the Jefferd family for their sheep.

Work on the heading courses was also of a very high standard, and there the Jefferd ram lambs worked exceptionally well.

Results

Event one, long head, 82 runs (judge Trevor Brown): Merv Utting, Prince, 99, 1; Clark Chrystal (Kotemaori), Boyd, 98.5, 2; Andrew Savage, Chief, 98, 3; Bob Bryson, Rex, 97.5, 4; Bob Bryson, Brad, 97, 5. 1st intermediate: Leo Edginton, Dave, 95.5. 1st maiden: Leo Edginton, Dave, 95.5.

Event two, short head and yard, 90 runs (judge Taka Broughton): Merv Utting, Fern, 98, 1; Bob Bryson, Glen, 97.5, 2; Leo Edginton, Skip, 97.25, 3; Noddy Halley, Spike, 97, 4; Merv Utting, Prince, 96.5, 5. 1st intermediate: Bob Bryson, Glen, 97.5; 1st maiden: Leo Edginton, Dave, 94.

Event three, zig zag hunt, 132 runs (judge Frank Mead): Clark Chrystal, Flynn, 98, 1; Bex Baynes (Wairoa), Scud, 97, 2; Colin Bayliss, Pearl, 96, 3; Roger Strachan, Rex, 95.25, 4; Allen Irwin, Dan, 95, 5. 1st intermediate: Bex Baynes, Scud, 97; 1st maiden: Brent Gallagher, Cruz, 94.

Event four, straight hunt, 138 runs (judge Hamish Thatcher): Allen Irwin, Dan, 97.5, 1; Colin Bayliss, Pearl, 96, 2; Jeremy Cook, Bud, 95.5, 3; Laurence Rau, Charm, 95, 4; Guy Thompson, Diesel, 94.5, 5. 1st intermediate: Allen Irwin, Dan, 97.5; 1st maiden: Guy Thompson, Diesel, 94.5.

Next weekend’s trial is at Te Araroa.

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