High standard at dog trials, organisers say

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Southland Sheep Dog Trial Association president Brian Dickison was victorious at the Southland Centre Championship trials last week.

Out of four events, Mr Dickison and his dog Cole won two and came second in two.

They won the first and second events, the long pull and the short head and yard, and were second in the zig zag hunt and straight hunt.

Mr Dickison was pleased with the result.

“I’ve had a really good trial,” he said.

some scratchings he was really pleased with how smoothly the trials went over the two days.

“It’s been really good. We have had a great day trialling. It’s been very successful.”

The sheep were well worked before the trial, so they were used to being rounded up.

The sheep used in the heading events ran well but those used in the hunt events were very testing for the triallists, Mr Dickison said.

The trials attracted competitors from throughout Southland and Otago.

Learning… Brian Dickison, his grandson Jimmy Blatch (1) and Mr Dickison’s dog Cole at the Southland Centre Championship trials last week. PHOTO: LAURA SHIPLEY

One travelled from Hawke’s Bay to compete, he said.

Mr Dickison was very impressed with the competitors he had seen.

“The standard of work in the heading was very high,” he said.

The trials were hosted at the Gore Sheep Dog Trial Club at Stoney Creek Station.

Gore Sheep Dog Trial Club president Barry Roughan said there had been quite a lot of scratchings but he was happy with how the trials were run.

The weather was good for the first day but competitors and dogs had to contend with a lot of rain the second day.

Results
Dickison with Cole 193.5, 2nd Rick Aubrey with Toby 189.5, 3rd Bill Hinchey with Trick 189, 4th Rick Aubrey with Sky 188, 5th Des Macgregor with Chance 182.5.

Event two, short head and yard: 1st Brian Dickison with Cole 195.5, 2nd Jack Davis with Dick 183, 3rd Aussie Wettenhall with Aber 182.5, 4th Rick Aubrey with Toby 173, 5th Barry Hobbs with Jane 165.75.

Event three, zig zag hunt: 1st Quentin Whithead with Jake 181.5, 2nd Brian Dickison with Rock 177.5, 3rd Eric Stringer with Jim 177, 4th Brad MacPherson with Jazz 171.5, 5th Leo Hamilton with Richard 136.5.

Event four, straight hunt: 1st Lloyd Smith with Quake 180.75, 2nd Brian Dickison with Rock 180, 3rd Peter Boys with Gem 179, 4th Matt Paterson with Groove 174.5, 5th Brian Sparrow with Bones 161.5.

Top heading dog: Brian Dickison and Cole, 41 points.

Top huntaway dog: Brad MacPherson and Jazz, 25 points.