Southlanders clean up at dog trials

Home stretch. . . Gore Sheep Dog Trial Club member Russell Peek and Kip move the sheep towards the pen in the short head and yard at the Southland Dog Trial Championships at the Waimahaka Collie Club on Sunday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Southlanders won the four events at the Southland Centre dog trial championships at the weekend.

The championships were held at the Waimahaka Collie Club.

The long head was won by Gore Sheep Dog Trial member Russell Peek and Rose, the short head and yard by Lumsden Collie Club member Des Macgregor and Chance, the zigzag hunt by Waikaia Dog Trial Club member Matt Clarke and Syd, and the straight hunt by Waiau Collie Club member Olly Dickson and Ridge.

Southland Sheep Dog Trials Association president Steve Bellew said it was not often local competitors won all four titles.

“It was the first time in quite a few years that it’s been all Southlanders that have won it.

“[It’s] really good.”

The closest result was in the long head where Mr Peek won by half a point over Waitahuna Collie Club member Roger Tweed and Trump.

Mr Tweed had done well at the championships earning a place in all four finals, Mr Bellew said.

Entries numbers were pleasing, he said.

The Waimahaka club had done a very good job of hosting the championships.

“It was a great community effort.”