Brett Roberts, of Mataura, won the men’s open title at the Cheviot A&P Show shearing competition on Saturday, in what could be a sign future successes are on the way.
It was the first open win in New Zealand for the shearer after three seasons in the grade.
“It was a good day. From the first competition on Friday night it felt good from the start and everything on the day went according to plan,” Roberts said.
Usually it would take a shearer 10 years to win an open title, he said.
His last win was the 2014 Golden Shears senior final, one of seven wins in nine senior finals in the 2013-14 season.
In the Cheviot competition Roberts was third to finish, with eight seconds between the three top shearers.
However, quality points took him to a win by 8 points over North Canterbury shearers Delwyn Henriksen and Simon Harrison, winner and runner-up respectively a year earlier.
“It’s a confidence booster ahead of competing at the New Zealand champs in Te Kuiti at the end of the month,” Roberts said.
At the championships he would compete as part of a South Island team alongside Troy Pyper and Nathan Stratford.
They would compete against a North Island team.
It would be the first time he had competed for the South Island after being selected following the Gore Southern Shears.
“The competition will give us a bit of experience shearing with the bigger boys. I am only 23 and most of the guys will be hitting close to their 40s, so being up there with them is good,” he said.
Roberts believed the more he competed, the more he would improve.
“You just have to do as many shows as possible leading into these events. It will keep me on point with the competition scene.”
The New Zealand Shearing Championships begin on March30.
Results from the Cheviot A&P Show on Saturday, March 11:
Open final (7 sheep): Brett Roberts (Mataura) 7min 51.91sec, 35.6pts, 1; Delwyn Henriksen (Amberley) 7min 47.47sec, 43.94pts, 2; Simon Harrison (Cheviot) 7min 44.75sec, 44.24pts, 3.