Bex is a national sports finalist

BEX A FINALIST: Tukemokihi Station shepherd and dog triallist Bex Baynes (pictured competing) is a finalist for the New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year award. File picture

WAIROA dog triallist Rebecca Baynes is a finalist in the Skellerup New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year as part of the Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards for 2019.

‘Bex’, aged 29, is originally from the South Island, and is now a shepherd on Tukemokihi Station in the Wairoa district.

She took up dog trialling in 2013.

She won the straight hunt at the Te Araroa trial last weekend, and was third in the same event at Ngatapa the weekend before.

Bex last year worked her way through club and provincial trials last season to earn her place in the national championships.

She had to place in the top seven at national level against 250-300 other competitors in the first round to run-off for the national title, so a second place at the national championships was a significant achievement.

The other womens finalists are Nicky Ward-Allen, a tree climber from Eltham, and woolhandler Pagan Karauria from Alexandra.

The Norwood NZ Rural Sportsman of the Year finalists are Tony Bouskill, a fencer from Napier, Kieran Fowler a competitive gumboot thrower from Dunedin, and James Kilpatrick a tree climber from Tauranga.

The Fonterra NZ Rural Youth of the Year finalists are Briar Burnett-Grant, equestrian from Taupo, Bradley McDowell, cowboy action shooting from Whanganui, and Sheree Tomlinson, harness racing, from Canterbury.

The Levno Contribution to Rural Sport finalists are David James, NZ Arb, Blenheim, Neil Sidwell, shearing, Waiwera, and Nick Liefting, fencing, Pukekohe.

Toyota Lifetime Legacy award finalists are Ricky May, harness racing, Ashburton, Hugh McCarroll, shearing, Whangamata, and Maurice Beatson, equestrian, Dannevirke.

WAIROA dog triallist Rebecca Baynes is a finalist in the Skellerup New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year as part of the Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards for 2019.

‘Bex’, aged 29, is originally from the South Island, and is now a shepherd on Tukemokihi Station in the Wairoa district.

She took up dog trialling in 2013.

She won the straight hunt at the Te Araroa trial last weekend, and was third in the same event at Ngatapa the weekend before.

Bex last year worked her way through club and provincial trials last season to earn her place in the national championships.

She had to place in the top seven at national level against 250-300 other competitors in the first round to run-off for the national title, so a second place at the national championships was a significant achievement.

The other womens finalists are Nicky Ward-Allen, a tree climber from Eltham, and woolhandler Pagan Karauria from Alexandra.

The Norwood NZ Rural Sportsman of the Year finalists are Tony Bouskill, a fencer from Napier, Kieran Fowler a competitive gumboot thrower from Dunedin, and James Kilpatrick a tree climber from Tauranga.

The Fonterra NZ Rural Youth of the Year finalists are Briar Burnett-Grant, equestrian from Taupo, Bradley McDowell, cowboy action shooting from Whanganui, and Sheree Tomlinson, harness racing, from Canterbury.

The Levno Contribution to Rural Sport finalists are David James, NZ Arb, Blenheim, Neil Sidwell, shearing, Waiwera, and Nick Liefting, fencing, Pukekohe.

Toyota Lifetime Legacy award finalists are Ricky May, harness racing, Ashburton, Hugh McCarroll, shearing, Whangamata, and Maurice Beatson, equestrian, Dannevirke.

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