Opening trials day sets high standard

The ewes performed well despite windy conditions.

The ewes performed well despite windy conditions.

TRIALS START WELL: The Tux sheep dog trials at the Spring Show started well yesterday with some good runs in the testing wind conditions. Hamish Thatcher and Gun were pictured in action. Unfortunately they missed out on the top five. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Tolaga Bay triallist Leo Edginton with Kim. Edginton with Dave are in the finals.
Ruie Bridge with Max
Jo Briant with June
EXCELLENT COMPETITION: The Tux Yarding Challenge at the Spring Show produced some high class runs over the four days. It culminated in a hard fought final Saturday with not much more than a point separating the top five dogs. The full list of final placings follows: Te Aute's Bob Bruce and Susan(98.5); Don White and Jazz(98.25), Taihape; Henry Gaddum and Tau(98), Pehiri; Jerry Cook and Jean(97.75), Matawai; Leo Edginton and Dave(97.25), Tolaga Bay; Barney Strong and Queen(96.75), Taupo; Bob Berger and Lad(96.5), Putaruru; Leo Jecentho and Smoke(96.25), Waikato;
Robyn Stephens and Teal(96),Waikato; Bo Milner and Snow(95.5), Dannevirke; Noddy Halley and Smike(94.5), Manutuke; Paul Evans and Richie(93.5), Taihape; Janice Avenell and Fly(93.5), Patutahi; Fraser Willson and Hawk(89), Gisborne: Merv Utting and Prince(withdrew). Dog trials head steward Rod Mead was pictured in action with Mist during the competition. Picture by Liam Clayton

THE Tux dog trials competition at the Poverty Bay A and P Spring Show got off to a good start yesterday despite windy conditions that made the sheep a little tetchy. Close to 80 runs were completed out of a total entry of around 250.

“It was good start, we are really happy with it,” said head steward Rod Mead. “The wind was a bit of an issue. It was flapping round a bit out here but every now and again we had a good run go through.”

Mead said the ewe hoggets from Rangatira Station performed well.

“The sheep were really good and we saw a high standard of work from the competitors, which has set the tone for what we believe will be a very good competition.”

Tiniroto triallist Henry Gaddum and Tau were the best competitors on day one.

“Henry and Tau scored 98 points, then Jerry Cook and Jean (Matawai) 97, Leo Edginton and Dave (Tolaga Bay) 96.5, Janice Avenell and Fly (Patutahi) 96, and Fraser Willson and Hawk (Gisborne) 95.5,” Mead said.

“They were the top five to go through to Saturday morning’s final.”

Five more finalists will be found today and another five tomorrow. The top maiden dog yesterday was Fraser Willson’s Hawk.

THE Tux dog trials competition at the Poverty Bay A and P Spring Show got off to a good start yesterday despite windy conditions that made the sheep a little tetchy. Close to 80 runs were completed out of a total entry of around 250.

“It was good start, we are really happy with it,” said head steward Rod Mead. “The wind was a bit of an issue. It was flapping round a bit out here but every now and again we had a good run go through.”

Mead said the ewe hoggets from Rangatira Station performed well.

“The sheep were really good and we saw a high standard of work from the competitors, which has set the tone for what we believe will be a very good competition.”

Tiniroto triallist Henry Gaddum and Tau were the best competitors on day one.

“Henry and Tau scored 98 points, then Jerry Cook and Jean (Matawai) 97, Leo Edginton and Dave (Tolaga Bay) 96.5, Janice Avenell and Fly (Patutahi) 96, and Fraser Willson and Hawk (Gisborne) 95.5,” Mead said.

“They were the top five to go through to Saturday morning’s final.”

Five more finalists will be found today and another five tomorrow. The top maiden dog yesterday was Fraser Willson’s Hawk.

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