Two wins for Rau at the Opotiki sheep dog trial

Double success at the Opotiki sheep dog trial last Saturday and Sunday.

Double success at the Opotiki sheep dog trial last Saturday and Sunday.

GOOD TRIAL: The annual Opotiki dog trial last weekend produced some top runs. Laurence Rau came away with two more wins, while Merv Utting scored again too. Here Toromiro Station shepherd James Alford and his huntaway Mate, start their Straight Hunt run last Sunday. Picture by Trevor Brown.

LAURENCE Rau and his dogs Dixie and Charm enjoyed double success at the Opotiki sheep dog trial last Saturday and Sunday with wins in the long head (Dixie) and straight hunt (Charm).

The meeting produced a first open win for John Macpherson’s Jagg and it has been some years since John won a huntaway event.

Opotiki produced another first and second place for Merv Utting too.

It was fine and sunny for the annual trial, however entries were down a bit this year with some competitors away judging in other centres.

The mixed-aged ewes hunted well as usual, but were a little free for some dogs on the heading courses.

More dogs have now qualified for the Tux New Zealand and North Island Sheep Dog Trial Championships, which start May 29 in Gisborne at Pouawa.

The leading Poverty Bay Centre heading dogs are Merv Utting’s Prince and Bob Bryson’s Rex, both on 19 qualifying points.

The leading huntaway position has changed this week and Jeremy Cook’s Bud leads now with 12 points.

This week, the trials will be at Ruakituri on Thursday and Friday and then at Wairoa at the weekend.

Detailed results — Long Head, open, 40 runs, Judge Rob O’Sullivan: Laurence Rau, Dixie, 93.5; Bob Bryson, Roger, 93; Maurice Flood, Swanny, 91.5; Bob Bryson, Rex, 91; James Alford, Jen, 90. Intermediate: Maurice Flood, Swanny, 91.5; James Alford, Jen, 90; Henry Gaddum, Lou, 88.5. Maiden: Todd Lee, Zap, 65; Matt Humphrey, Sky, 63.5; Ruie Bridge, Mac, 60. Fastest correct head: Noddy Halley, Spike, 1 min – 10 sec.

Short Head and Yard, open — 47 runs, Judge Andrew Savage: Merv Utting, Fern, 94; Merv Utting, Stem, 92.5; Jerry Cook, Jean, 92; Damien Macpherson, Bess, 91.5; Bob Bryson, Brad, 91. Maiden: Merv Utting, Stem, 92.5.

Zig Zag Huntaway, open — 50 runs, Judge Dean Brenssell: John Macpherson, Jagg, 95.5; Jerry Cook, Bud, 95; Rob Jeffery, Bloke, 94; Rob O’Sullivan, Maude, 93.5; Hamish Thatcher, Quest, 93.25.

Intermediate: John Macpherson, Jagg, 95.5; Ruie Bridge, Brook, 92; Noddy Halley, Jade, 91.5. Maiden: John Macpherson, Jagg, 95.5; Ruie Bridge, Brook, 92; Jerry Cook, Trude, 90.

Straight Huntaway, open — 51 runs, Judge Gordon Martinovich: Open: Laurence Rau, Charm, 95; Roger Strachan, Rex, 94.5; Jake Roche, Bella, 94; Jerry Cook, Tone, 93.5; Rob O’Sullivan, Maude, 93. Intermediate: Jake Roche, Bella, 94; Jerry Cook, Tone, 93.5; Henry Gaddum, Phil, 91.5. Maiden: Henry Gaddum, Phil, 91.5; Rob Jeffery, Bruno, 91; Jono McIntyre, Zac, 89.5.

LAURENCE Rau and his dogs Dixie and Charm enjoyed double success at the Opotiki sheep dog trial last Saturday and Sunday with wins in the long head (Dixie) and straight hunt (Charm).

The meeting produced a first open win for John Macpherson’s Jagg and it has been some years since John won a huntaway event.

Opotiki produced another first and second place for Merv Utting too.

It was fine and sunny for the annual trial, however entries were down a bit this year with some competitors away judging in other centres.

The mixed-aged ewes hunted well as usual, but were a little free for some dogs on the heading courses.

More dogs have now qualified for the Tux New Zealand and North Island Sheep Dog Trial Championships, which start May 29 in Gisborne at Pouawa.

The leading Poverty Bay Centre heading dogs are Merv Utting’s Prince and Bob Bryson’s Rex, both on 19 qualifying points.

The leading huntaway position has changed this week and Jeremy Cook’s Bud leads now with 12 points.

This week, the trials will be at Ruakituri on Thursday and Friday and then at Wairoa at the weekend.

Detailed results — Long Head, open, 40 runs, Judge Rob O’Sullivan: Laurence Rau, Dixie, 93.5; Bob Bryson, Roger, 93; Maurice Flood, Swanny, 91.5; Bob Bryson, Rex, 91; James Alford, Jen, 90. Intermediate: Maurice Flood, Swanny, 91.5; James Alford, Jen, 90; Henry Gaddum, Lou, 88.5. Maiden: Todd Lee, Zap, 65; Matt Humphrey, Sky, 63.5; Ruie Bridge, Mac, 60. Fastest correct head: Noddy Halley, Spike, 1 min – 10 sec.

Short Head and Yard, open — 47 runs, Judge Andrew Savage: Merv Utting, Fern, 94; Merv Utting, Stem, 92.5; Jerry Cook, Jean, 92; Damien Macpherson, Bess, 91.5; Bob Bryson, Brad, 91. Maiden: Merv Utting, Stem, 92.5.

Zig Zag Huntaway, open — 50 runs, Judge Dean Brenssell: John Macpherson, Jagg, 95.5; Jerry Cook, Bud, 95; Rob Jeffery, Bloke, 94; Rob O’Sullivan, Maude, 93.5; Hamish Thatcher, Quest, 93.25.

Intermediate: John Macpherson, Jagg, 95.5; Ruie Bridge, Brook, 92; Noddy Halley, Jade, 91.5. Maiden: John Macpherson, Jagg, 95.5; Ruie Bridge, Brook, 92; Jerry Cook, Trude, 90.

Straight Huntaway, open — 51 runs, Judge Gordon Martinovich: Open: Laurence Rau, Charm, 95; Roger Strachan, Rex, 94.5; Jake Roche, Bella, 94; Jerry Cook, Tone, 93.5; Rob O’Sullivan, Maude, 93. Intermediate: Jake Roche, Bella, 94; Jerry Cook, Tone, 93.5; Henry Gaddum, Phil, 91.5. Maiden: Henry Gaddum, Phil, 91.5; Rob Jeffery, Bruno, 91; Jono McIntyre, Zac, 89.5.

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