First PB A&P Show win to Gaddum, Tau

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: Pehiri’s Henry Gaddum and Tau won the Tux Yarding Challenge at the Spring Show on Saturday, with just one point separating first to third in the final. Picture by Paul Rickard

Pehiri dog triallist Henry Gaddum and 3½-year-old dog Tau improved two places on last year to win the Tux Yarding Challenge at the Poverty Bay A&P Show on Saturday.

The 29-year-old and his mate, third at last year’s Show, won with a score of 97 points.

“That’s my first win at the Show and I’m really happy about it,” said Gaddum. “I’m also really happy with how Tau’s going. He’s done well.”

Gaddum works on Bournbrook Station at Pehiri.

“I was second to go in the final and the sheep were quite settled at that stage before the weather changed, so I had a bit of luck there.”

Gaddum and his other dog, Ming, were 15th out of the 15 finalists.

Runner-up was Jerry Cook and Skip, from Te Karaka, on 95.5 points.

Third went to Waikato’s Bob Berger and Rose on 96, fourth to Paul Evans and Ritchie, from Taihape, on 94.75, fifth to Gisborne’s Noddy Halley and Spike on 95.5, sixth to Peter Green and Teal, of Taihape, on 95, and seventh to dog trials head steward Rod Mead and Gem.

“It was a good final and the sheep were exceptional at the start of it,” Mead said.

“They cooled off with the weather but across the 15 final runs it was a good competition.”

Mead thanked his team of workers who staged the event, and judge Sheena Martin who he said “did a great job.”

“It’s bloody cold in that judging box,” Sheena said.

“Well done everybody. The sheep gave everyone a bit of a test,” she said.

It was Mead’s final year as head steward and tribute was paid to him for all the work he had done.

The trial used 800 Coopworth sheep from Rangatira Station at Te Karaka across the four days.

Pehiri dog triallist Henry Gaddum and 3½-year-old dog Tau improved two places on last year to win the Tux Yarding Challenge at the Poverty Bay A&P Show on Saturday.

The 29-year-old and his mate, third at last year’s Show, won with a score of 97 points.

“That’s my first win at the Show and I’m really happy about it,” said Gaddum. “I’m also really happy with how Tau’s going. He’s done well.”

Gaddum works on Bournbrook Station at Pehiri.

“I was second to go in the final and the sheep were quite settled at that stage before the weather changed, so I had a bit of luck there.”

Gaddum and his other dog, Ming, were 15th out of the 15 finalists.

Runner-up was Jerry Cook and Skip, from Te Karaka, on 95.5 points.

Third went to Waikato’s Bob Berger and Rose on 96, fourth to Paul Evans and Ritchie, from Taihape, on 94.75, fifth to Gisborne’s Noddy Halley and Spike on 95.5, sixth to Peter Green and Teal, of Taihape, on 95, and seventh to dog trials head steward Rod Mead and Gem.

“It was a good final and the sheep were exceptional at the start of it,” Mead said.

“They cooled off with the weather but across the 15 final runs it was a good competition.”

Mead thanked his team of workers who staged the event, and judge Sheena Martin who he said “did a great job.”

“It’s bloody cold in that judging box,” Sheena said.

“Well done everybody. The sheep gave everyone a bit of a test,” she said.

It was Mead’s final year as head steward and tribute was paid to him for all the work he had done.

The trial used 800 Coopworth sheep from Rangatira Station at Te Karaka across the four days.

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