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In behind... Southern Indoor Charity Dog Trial competitor Fred Sutherland and Harry during their run on Tuesday. PHOTOS: ASHLEIGH MARTIN

Competitors from as far afield as the top of the South Island came to compete at the Southern Indoor Charity Dog Trial this week.

The maiden dog competition was won by Mike Joyce, the open section was won by Barry Hobbs, and the novice competitor section was won by Clayton Chittock.

The trials, which were held at the Southern Field Days site at Waimumu, attracted 130 entries.

Indoor dog trial chairman Mike Joyce said the first two years the trials were held, the money raised was given to St John, so this year funds would go to Hospice Southland.

“We have a good wee crew who helps to get it all together,” Mr Joyce said.

Mr Joyce said the top seven competitors went through to the final after two days of competition.

“The final is going to be filmed and shown on country television in October.”

Mr Joyce said there were quite a few competitors from Canterbury in the event.

“The Canterbury guys are really good and support us every year.”

Mr Joyce was competing himself with three dogs and said he had been involved in the dog trials for as long as he could remember.

“I started way back when I was 16 and I’m now 72, so I’ve been going a wee while.”

Mr Joyce said there were many aspects involved in competing, but ultimately the man had to help the dog.

“The big secret is to go out there and help your dog; it’s not just all about telling your dog what to do,” he said.

“A lot of it is about positioning yourself on the sheep, helping your dog and not being in too big of a hurry.”

Mr Joyce said there was a 10-minute limit on each run.

He said a lot of work had also gone into getting the sheep ready for the event and they had performed well.

“It doesn’t just happen – there’s been probably four days of work gone into getting these sheep sensible enough to bring in here.”