World shearing record-breaker comes home

RECORD BEATER: Hawke’s Bay shearer Rowland Smith and wife Ingrid came home from the UK through Gisborne Airport yesterday. Smith broke the world eight-hour ewe shearing record last week. The couple (left) were met by Ingrid’s sister Storm and husband Anthony and their children Wyatt, Aurelia, Clancy and Ranulph. Picture by Liam Clayton

WORLD record-breaking shearer Rowland Smith from Hawke’s Bay passed through Gisborne yesterday on his way home after setting a new global mark by cutting the wool off 644 sheep in eight hours.

Smith broke the previous record set by Southland’s Leon Samuels of 605 in Invercargill in February.

Rowland’s record attempt was held at Trefranck Farm in Cornwall in the UK and involved New Zealand Romney and crossbred ewes.

He and wife Ingrid, formally Ingrid Baynes of Wairoa, flew into Gisborne yesterday afternoon on the way to pick up their youngsters from family in Wairoa.

They were met at the airport by Ingrid’s sister Storm, her husband Anthony and their children, who had made a big “Welcome Home” and “Congratulations” banner.

Rowland said it was a bit of a relief in the end to be able to break the world record after six months preparation.

“It certainly felt good to break it. Mentally it’s tough. I had to shear a sheep every 47 seconds to break the record.

“My own personal target was one every 45 seconds, so to average one every 44.7 seconds felt really great.”

His wife said he was pleased to achieve the new world mark by such an emphatic margin, 39 more than the previous best.

“He was just amazing,” Ingrid said.

“Rowland is super, super fit and it showed in his consistency right across the eight hours.”

The day was divided into four sessions with breaks in between: 7am-9am, 9.30-11.30, 12.30pm-2.30pm and then 3-5pm.

“Rowland was able to shear the same number of sheep each hour,” she said.

Ingrid held a couple of world shearing records in 2009, including the women’s world solo eight-hour record, and the women’s world two-stand record with her mother Marg.

Rowland said he intended to take a few days off before thinking about going shearing again.

He was part of the Shearing Sports NZ team that beat England but lost to Scotland and Wales last month.

WORLD record-breaking shearer Rowland Smith from Hawke’s Bay passed through Gisborne yesterday on his way home after setting a new global mark by cutting the wool off 644 sheep in eight hours.

Smith broke the previous record set by Southland’s Leon Samuels of 605 in Invercargill in February.

Rowland’s record attempt was held at Trefranck Farm in Cornwall in the UK and involved New Zealand Romney and crossbred ewes.

He and wife Ingrid, formally Ingrid Baynes of Wairoa, flew into Gisborne yesterday afternoon on the way to pick up their youngsters from family in Wairoa.

They were met at the airport by Ingrid’s sister Storm, her husband Anthony and their children, who had made a big “Welcome Home” and “Congratulations” banner.

Rowland said it was a bit of a relief in the end to be able to break the world record after six months preparation.

“It certainly felt good to break it. Mentally it’s tough. I had to shear a sheep every 47 seconds to break the record.

“My own personal target was one every 45 seconds, so to average one every 44.7 seconds felt really great.”

His wife said he was pleased to achieve the new world mark by such an emphatic margin, 39 more than the previous best.

“He was just amazing,” Ingrid said.

“Rowland is super, super fit and it showed in his consistency right across the eight hours.”

The day was divided into four sessions with breaks in between: 7am-9am, 9.30-11.30, 12.30pm-2.30pm and then 3-5pm.

“Rowland was able to shear the same number of sheep each hour,” she said.

Ingrid held a couple of world shearing records in 2009, including the women’s world solo eight-hour record, and the women’s world two-stand record with her mother Marg.

Rowland said he intended to take a few days off before thinking about going shearing again.

He was part of the Shearing Sports NZ team that beat England but lost to Scotland and Wales last month.

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