Trevor McCall spent a long time minding his own business in the sheep pens.
He was organising the supreme animal of the Gore A&P Show on Saturday when things suddenly changed.
Show president Jock Cummings starting “rattling off” information about Mr McCall.
That was his first instinct as he was being presented with the Royal Agriculture Society of New Zealand medal for excellence in agriculture.
“I knew nothing about it getting on with my job,” Mr McCall said.
Despite the shock, he was proud to be recognised.
“It was an honour but you don’t do these things to get medals.
“I’m privileged (being) with the Gore A&P Show Society and the Royal Agriculture Society.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the show, they have been a great committee to work for.”
He began showing sheep 55 years ago with Romney, Border Leicester and South Suffolk sheep.
About 30 years ago he joined the Gore show committee and took over as the sheep convener 25 years ago.
Other than sheep, life outside of the show was non-existent until he was president in 2009 to 2010.
“I had never been out of the sheep pens and I didn’t know what happened outside of there.
“I didn’t realise so many people went to the show and the Gore grounds are a big area.
“I got to go to the horses, the dairy and beef and I thoroughly enjoyed spending that time.”
His main love would always be sheep and he was proud to see the growth in that area of the show.
“When I first took over as convener, about 25 years ago, we had 150 in the sheep section and we’ve built it up to 650 on Saturday.
“We’ve built it up a long way and there’s lots in the pens. They were doubled up with for lots of classes,” he said.
He credited changing the show from December to February and his tactics to the rise in numbers.
“I went and saw people face to face because it’s easy to say no on the phone but not easy to say no face to face.”
He was made a life member of the show two years ago.