Dog triallists line up for NZ championships

STRONG TEAM: The Tairawhiti line-up for next week’s North Island and New Zealand sheepdog trial championships in Northland is a strong one. Competitors like Noddy Halley (above) and Colin Bayliss (see the following photo in this gallery) will be among them. File pictures
Colin Bayliss.

A contingent of 26 competitors and 55 dogs from this region will head to Kaikohe later this week for the North Island and New Zealand sheepdog trial championships starting on Monday.

Current South Island zigzag champion Jo Waugh and Guy from Matawai will be there, along with last year’s runner-up in the straight hunt Bex Baynes from Wairoa.

Colin Bayliss from Ngatapa, who was runner-up in the straight hunt at the South Island championships, will have Pearl, Tahi, the ever-reliable Bully, and Colt in the running.

Allen Irwin from Whatatutu, who featured in the top seven at the South Island contest, will have Dot, Buster, Charlie, Chase and Dan in action.

Well-performed Leo Edginton from Mangaheia Station will run four dogs at Kaikohe — Robert, Larry, Kim and Bully.

Henry Gaddum from Pehiri will have Tau, Fill and Ming, and Sam Shaw from Matawai will have Stream, Shade and Breeze.

Manutuke’s Ruie Bridge had an impressive local season and he will have Max and Cash in the running.

Noddy Halley from Waingake did likewise and he will be taking Jade, Spike and Lad.

The other Tairawhiti triallists travelling to Kaikohe will be Rob Jeffery (Strike and Bruno), Frank Mead (Flare), Graeme Cook (Grace and Leigh), Bob Bryson (Bolt, Joy and Rex), Rod Mead (Lad and Gum), John McPherson (Face, Judd and Scott), Brad McHardy (May), Gus Spence (Ben), Matt Humphreys (Dodge), Guy Thompson (Diesel), Tim Lamont (Jade), Anthony Hughes (Chop, Joe and Bully), Laurence Rau (Dixie), Edward George (Cribb, Flo and Pitch), Henry Hindmarsh (Buster), Rob O’Sullivan (Buster and Gus), Ben Te Kahika (Rouge) and Andrew Savage (Gail and Ruby).

Trial commentator Ross Buscke said the team was a good mix of young competitors and very experienced triallists who have been at the top end of the competition.

“I reckon our guys and girls will go well,” Mr Buscke said. “It is a strong, very good team.”

The championships take place next week from Monday to Saturday.

A contingent of 26 competitors and 55 dogs from this region will head to Kaikohe later this week for the North Island and New Zealand sheepdog trial championships starting on Monday.

Current South Island zigzag champion Jo Waugh and Guy from Matawai will be there, along with last year’s runner-up in the straight hunt Bex Baynes from Wairoa.

Colin Bayliss from Ngatapa, who was runner-up in the straight hunt at the South Island championships, will have Pearl, Tahi, the ever-reliable Bully, and Colt in the running.

Allen Irwin from Whatatutu, who featured in the top seven at the South Island contest, will have Dot, Buster, Charlie, Chase and Dan in action.

Well-performed Leo Edginton from Mangaheia Station will run four dogs at Kaikohe — Robert, Larry, Kim and Bully.

Henry Gaddum from Pehiri will have Tau, Fill and Ming, and Sam Shaw from Matawai will have Stream, Shade and Breeze.

Manutuke’s Ruie Bridge had an impressive local season and he will have Max and Cash in the running.

Noddy Halley from Waingake did likewise and he will be taking Jade, Spike and Lad.

The other Tairawhiti triallists travelling to Kaikohe will be Rob Jeffery (Strike and Bruno), Frank Mead (Flare), Graeme Cook (Grace and Leigh), Bob Bryson (Bolt, Joy and Rex), Rod Mead (Lad and Gum), John McPherson (Face, Judd and Scott), Brad McHardy (May), Gus Spence (Ben), Matt Humphreys (Dodge), Guy Thompson (Diesel), Tim Lamont (Jade), Anthony Hughes (Chop, Joe and Bully), Laurence Rau (Dixie), Edward George (Cribb, Flo and Pitch), Henry Hindmarsh (Buster), Rob O’Sullivan (Buster and Gus), Ben Te Kahika (Rouge) and Andrew Savage (Gail and Ruby).

Trial commentator Ross Buscke said the team was a good mix of young competitors and very experienced triallists who have been at the top end of the competition.

“I reckon our guys and girls will go well,” Mr Buscke said. “It is a strong, very good team.”

The championships take place next week from Monday to Saturday.

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