'Hot' final picked for show dog trials

OUTSTANDING: The Tux dog trials at the Spring Show concluded this morning and they have produced one of the best years of competition the show trials have seen. The line-up included Andrew Savage and George (pictured). Pictures by Paul Rickard
Henry Hindmarsh and Ned.
Fraser Willson and Beau.
Rod Mead with Flame. Mead had two dogs in the final.

It was predicted the championship run-off in the Tux dog trials at the A&P Spring Show this morning would produce a memorable finale after three days of excellent work and very high scores.

The opening 70-plus runs on Wednesday produced “one of the best days of competition for years”, in the words of head steward Rob Mead.

Thursday’s standard was not far behind, and the competition standards remained high throughout the final day of qualifying yesterday.

The top score on both Wednesday and Thursday was 98 points, with only two points and less between first and fifth, so organisers were expecting a “hot” final this morning.

The Coopworth-Romney cross sheep from Rangatira Station were mostly very good to work with.

Gisborne was well represented in the finals, with Rod Mead from Te Karaka in there with two dogs, Gem and Gum, and Merv Utting from Waimata got in with Prince in his first trial since his injury in February.

The other Gisborne finalists were Jerry Cook and Skip from Te Karaka, Sam Shaw and Stream from Matawai, Laurence Rau and Dixie from Waihirere, and Graeme Cook and Glen from Te Karaka.

The other finalists were all from outside the district.

It was predicted the championship run-off in the Tux dog trials at the A&P Spring Show this morning would produce a memorable finale after three days of excellent work and very high scores.

The opening 70-plus runs on Wednesday produced “one of the best days of competition for years”, in the words of head steward Rob Mead.

Thursday’s standard was not far behind, and the competition standards remained high throughout the final day of qualifying yesterday.

The top score on both Wednesday and Thursday was 98 points, with only two points and less between first and fifth, so organisers were expecting a “hot” final this morning.

The Coopworth-Romney cross sheep from Rangatira Station were mostly very good to work with.

Gisborne was well represented in the finals, with Rod Mead from Te Karaka in there with two dogs, Gem and Gum, and Merv Utting from Waimata got in with Prince in his first trial since his injury in February.

The other Gisborne finalists were Jerry Cook and Skip from Te Karaka, Sam Shaw and Stream from Matawai, Laurence Rau and Dixie from Waihirere, and Graeme Cook and Glen from Te Karaka.

The other finalists were all from outside the district.

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