Success for Rau and Jeffery

First open wins of the season at the Matawai sheep dog trial on Friday and Saturday.

First open wins of the season at the Matawai sheep dog trial on Friday and Saturday.

MATAWAI VENUE: The Awanui Station venue for the Matawai Dog trials gave the dogs plenty of room to manoeuvre in the heading events. Picture by Trevor Brown

LAURENCE Rau and Rob Jeffery recorded their first open wins of the season at the Matawai sheep dog trial on Friday and Saturday, and it was another successful trial for Merv Utting.

The heading entries were down on recent years but the huntaway entries were good.

The sheep worked well on the long head course, one of the best courses in our Poverty Bay Centre with its big open face and plenty of room for dogs to head their sheep cleanly.

Laurence Rau’s Dixie and Rob Jeffery’s Sonic had their first open wins. Sonic won the maiden event as well.

Merv Utting scored a win in the short head and yard with Prince.

Prince is now the leading heading dog with 19 points, followed closely by Bob Bryson’s Rex with 17.

Among the huntaways, Colin Bayliss’s Pearl, Leo Edginton’s Gav and Allen Irwin’s Dan all have 10 points.
The Opotiki trial is next Saturday and Sunday.

Matawai results

Long head open – 51 runs (judge Mack Chapman): Laurence Rau, Dixie, 96.5, 1; Merv Utting, Fern, 96.25, 2; Merv Utting, Prince, 96, 3; Bob Bryson, Rex, 95.75, 4; Hamish Thatcher, Gun, 95.25, 5. Maiden: Noddy Halley, Lad, 94.
Short head and yard open – 57 runs (judge Maurice Flood): Merv Utting, Prince, 97, 1; Leo Edginton, Skip, 96, 2; John Foss (Wairoa), Dell, 95.5, 3; Annie Flood, Jinny, 94, 4; Annie Flood, Scott, 93, 5. Maiden: Matt Cooper, Patch, 89.
Intermediate heading bracelet: Henry Gaddum, Tau, 185.
Zig zag hunt open – 109 runs (judge Jake Roche): Rob Jeffery, Sonic, 95, 1; James Alford, Mate, 94, 2; Leo Edginton, Gav, 93.5, 3; Brett Loffler, Cruise, 93, 4; Guy Thompson, Charge, 91, 5. Maiden: Rob Jeffery, Sonic, 95.
Straight hunt open – 113 runs (judge Hamish Thatcher): Rob O’Sullivan,
Gus, 96.5, 1; Allen Irwin, Dan, 94.5, 2; Brett Loffler, Cruise, 93.25, 3; Leo Edginton, Bully, 93, 4; Colin Bayliss, Gus, 92.5, 5. Maiden: Rob O’Sullivan, Quin, 92.
Intermediate huntaway bracelet: Brett Loffler, Cruise, 186.25.

LAURENCE Rau and Rob Jeffery recorded their first open wins of the season at the Matawai sheep dog trial on Friday and Saturday, and it was another successful trial for Merv Utting.

The heading entries were down on recent years but the huntaway entries were good.

The sheep worked well on the long head course, one of the best courses in our Poverty Bay Centre with its big open face and plenty of room for dogs to head their sheep cleanly.

Laurence Rau’s Dixie and Rob Jeffery’s Sonic had their first open wins. Sonic won the maiden event as well.

Merv Utting scored a win in the short head and yard with Prince.

Prince is now the leading heading dog with 19 points, followed closely by Bob Bryson’s Rex with 17.

Among the huntaways, Colin Bayliss’s Pearl, Leo Edginton’s Gav and Allen Irwin’s Dan all have 10 points.
The Opotiki trial is next Saturday and Sunday.

Matawai results

Long head open – 51 runs (judge Mack Chapman): Laurence Rau, Dixie, 96.5, 1; Merv Utting, Fern, 96.25, 2; Merv Utting, Prince, 96, 3; Bob Bryson, Rex, 95.75, 4; Hamish Thatcher, Gun, 95.25, 5. Maiden: Noddy Halley, Lad, 94.
Short head and yard open – 57 runs (judge Maurice Flood): Merv Utting, Prince, 97, 1; Leo Edginton, Skip, 96, 2; John Foss (Wairoa), Dell, 95.5, 3; Annie Flood, Jinny, 94, 4; Annie Flood, Scott, 93, 5. Maiden: Matt Cooper, Patch, 89.
Intermediate heading bracelet: Henry Gaddum, Tau, 185.
Zig zag hunt open – 109 runs (judge Jake Roche): Rob Jeffery, Sonic, 95, 1; James Alford, Mate, 94, 2; Leo Edginton, Gav, 93.5, 3; Brett Loffler, Cruise, 93, 4; Guy Thompson, Charge, 91, 5. Maiden: Rob Jeffery, Sonic, 95.
Straight hunt open – 113 runs (judge Hamish Thatcher): Rob O’Sullivan,
Gus, 96.5, 1; Allen Irwin, Dan, 94.5, 2; Brett Loffler, Cruise, 93.25, 3; Leo Edginton, Bully, 93, 4; Colin Bayliss, Gus, 92.5, 5. Maiden: Rob O’Sullivan, Quin, 92.
Intermediate huntaway bracelet: Brett Loffler, Cruise, 186.25.

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