Waimata Valley Dog Trial Club wound up

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THE more than 100-year-old Waimata Valley Dog Trial Club has formally wound up its affairs and distributed more than $20,000 in club funds to three local organisations.

Waimata last hosted a sheep dog trial in 2011 after 104 years of trialling.

“The Waimata Valley residents got together a couple of weeks ago and made the tough decision to wind up,” said club secretary Jan Utting.

“There was not the interest there any more to keep the club going and it was felt best to close it down.”

Miss Utting said it was decided to distribute the club’s funds to the Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust, the Gisborne branch of the Cancer Society and the trust board of Gisborne Land, Search and Rescue.

“Each of those organisations will receive $7000.

“The remainder of the club’s funds stay with the Waimata Valley Residents Hall Association.”

Trials stalwart Merv Utting was the final club chairman and president.

He held those positions from 1974 to 2010 and hosted many club trials on his farm.

“We were sad to close up but we had no choice,” Mr Utting said.

“There were not enough people coming through to keep the club going. The club members past and present are happy to see the club funds used to support such worthwhile organisations.

“We spoke to a lot of former club members and residents and decided this was the right thing to do.”

Dog trials commentator Ross Buscke said the club members had got thin on the ground over the years.

“It’s a bit like everything up the Waimata. The way forestry has taken over, with two thirds of that area now in trees, and out of farming, it has taken a lot of farming people away from that area.

“It’s quite sad. But that’s the way it is. The Waimata dog trial club was a really good little club for many many years.”

THE more than 100-year-old Waimata Valley Dog Trial Club has formally wound up its affairs and distributed more than $20,000 in club funds to three local organisations.

Waimata last hosted a sheep dog trial in 2011 after 104 years of trialling.

“The Waimata Valley residents got together a couple of weeks ago and made the tough decision to wind up,” said club secretary Jan Utting.

“There was not the interest there any more to keep the club going and it was felt best to close it down.”

Miss Utting said it was decided to distribute the club’s funds to the Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust, the Gisborne branch of the Cancer Society and the trust board of Gisborne Land, Search and Rescue.

“Each of those organisations will receive $7000.

“The remainder of the club’s funds stay with the Waimata Valley Residents Hall Association.”

Trials stalwart Merv Utting was the final club chairman and president.

He held those positions from 1974 to 2010 and hosted many club trials on his farm.

“We were sad to close up but we had no choice,” Mr Utting said.

“There were not enough people coming through to keep the club going. The club members past and present are happy to see the club funds used to support such worthwhile organisations.

“We spoke to a lot of former club members and residents and decided this was the right thing to do.”

Dog trials commentator Ross Buscke said the club members had got thin on the ground over the years.

“It’s a bit like everything up the Waimata. The way forestry has taken over, with two thirds of that area now in trees, and out of farming, it has taken a lot of farming people away from that area.

“It’s quite sad. But that’s the way it is. The Waimata dog trial club was a really good little club for many many years.”

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