Gore dog trials good prelude to champs

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The Gore Sheep Dog Trials got off to a slow start last week.

The trials were held at Stoney Creek Station on March 17 and 18.

Club president Barry Roughan said the trials started late last Friday because of fog but the weather was otherwise good.

“The weather was great after the fog cleared,” Mr Roughan said.

Entries for the trials were down on last year.

That could have been because the Otago Sheep Dog Trial Championships were two days before, he said.

“There were too many [dog trials] happening at the same time.”

Despite entries being down, the event went well.

“The sheep handled reasonably well. It was a good lead-up to Southland championships.”

The Gore Sheep Dog Trial Club would host the Southland Sheep Dog Trial Championships next month.

“We will be using the same sheep again. The station owner has put them aside for us to use.”

Results

Gore Sheep Dog Trial Club, March 17-18.

Event One. Long Head. Judge: Bruce Kempthorne

1st AJ Aitken Polly 97, 2nd Graeme Dickie Bess 96.75, 3rd Duncan Campbell Zip 96.5, 4th Graeme Dickie Roy 96, 5th Clayton Rowland Jerry 95.75. 1st Intermediate AJ Aitken Polly 97. 1st Maiden Steve Culbertson Sky 90. Maiden Special Russell McCall Fern 93.

Event Two. Short Head And Yard. Judge: Boyd Devereux

1st Duncan Campbell Grit 96.5, 2nd John Chittock Trump 94.5, 3rd Allan Stewart Clay 94.3, 4th Brian Sparrow Pat 94, 5th Allan Stewart Rich 93.5. 1st Intermediate Allan Stewart Rich 93.5. 1st Maiden Alice Stewart Toot 90.

Event Three. Zig Zag Hunt. Judge: A.J. Aitken

1st Brian Sparrow Bones 95, 2nd Alistair Ward Jode 94, 3rd Alistair Ward Toy 92, 4th George Shields Ben 90, 5th Derek Brown Tarn 89.5. 1st Intermediate George Shields Ben 90. 1st Maiden Hamish Elliot Neil 85.5.

Event Four. Straight Hunt. Judge: Steve Bellew

1st Brian Sparrow Bones 96.5, 2nd Duncan Campbell Bo 95, 3rd Richard Hore Opal 94.5, 4th Jamie Wells Bobby 94, 5th Robert Grant Bob 91.5. 1st Intermediate Duncan Campbell Bo 95. 1st Maiden Ben May Rex 88.5.