Mataura shearer delighted to win intermediate title

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Mataura man James Dickson said he had the best shearing experience of his life at the West Otago A&P Show at the weekend.

Dickson came first in the intermediate section, giving him his first win for the 2017 competitive shearing season.

“It was a good day. That was my fifth competition for the year and I finally got a win,” he said.

The final he competed in at the West Otago show was his first as an intermediate shearer, he said.

“My heat was about seven minutes. I had one of the best shears of my life in the weekend.”

“We drove back from Christchurch after a competition on Friday night and went straight to the Tapanui show. Now I’m on the Interislander going back to the North Island to work [shearing] in Masterton until Christmas,” he said.

Speed shears . . James Dickson, of Mataura, starts his third and final sheep on Saturday at the West Otago show. PHOTO: LUCY MCDONOUGH

Dickson, who had been shearing for four years, said he believed his experience with Southland sheep gave him the upper hand on Saturday.

“The size and the wool of the sheep in Southland helped as I have shorn there all my life.

“The bigger the better.

“That’s a personal preference. I like it when they are rounder.”

To make the senior grade he needed to win three more finals, Dickson said.

“Hopefully I’ll win one more this season and then two the next.”

He said his goal for the 2017-18 shearing season was to achieve a top-10 grading for the New Zealand intermediate section.

“They rank us at the end of the year. It would be good to get [in the] top 10.”

Dickson said the next show he would compete at would be the Stratford show in Taranaki.