Sheep test trialists as five more finalists decided

The final is set to start at 9am Saturday

The final is set to start at 9am Saturday

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 sheep provided a few challenges on day two of the Tux sheep dog trials at the Poverty Bay A and P Spring Show yesterday but the top combinations still scored well. A further 68 runs were completed yesterday out of the total field of around 250.

“We have a further 75 runs to complete today and will have our 15 finalists by the end of the day,” said dog trial head steward Rod Mead.

There are only two Gisborne competitors in action today.

“The rest are from out of town — from the tip of the North Island, down to southern Hawke’s Bay and across to Taranaki,” Mead said. “The sheep were challenging at times yesterday but, in saying that, the top runs were good runs.”

Through to the final from yesterday are Don White (Taihape) and Jazz, who scored 97.25, Merv Utting (Waimata) and Prince on 97, Bob Berger (Waikato) and Lad on 96.25, Noddy Halley (Manutuke) and Spike on 96, Bob Bruce (Hawke’s Bay) and Susan on 95.75.

The top maiden dog score yesterday went to Sandy Campbell (Whatatutu) and Rose with 94.

The five qualifiers from yesterday join Wednesday’s top five. Five more will join them from today.

The final is set to start at 9am tomorrow.

“We expect it will take about an hour and a half to get through the 15 runs in the final, and then prize-giving will follow.”

THE sheep provided a few challenges on day two of the Tux sheep dog trials at the Poverty Bay A and P Spring Show yesterday but the top combinations still scored well. A further 68 runs were completed yesterday out of the total field of around 250.

“We have a further 75 runs to complete today and will have our 15 finalists by the end of the day,” said dog trial head steward Rod Mead.

There are only two Gisborne competitors in action today.

“The rest are from out of town — from the tip of the North Island, down to southern Hawke’s Bay and across to Taranaki,” Mead said. “The sheep were challenging at times yesterday but, in saying that, the top runs were good runs.”

Through to the final from yesterday are Don White (Taihape) and Jazz, who scored 97.25, Merv Utting (Waimata) and Prince on 97, Bob Berger (Waikato) and Lad on 96.25, Noddy Halley (Manutuke) and Spike on 96, Bob Bruce (Hawke’s Bay) and Susan on 95.75.

The top maiden dog score yesterday went to Sandy Campbell (Whatatutu) and Rose with 94.

The five qualifiers from yesterday join Wednesday’s top five. Five more will join them from today.

The final is set to start at 9am tomorrow.

“We expect it will take about an hour and a half to get through the 15 runs in the final, and then prize-giving will follow.”

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