Col­lie course still cel­e­brated

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By EMMA DAWE

One hun­dred years of dog tri­als will be cel­e­brated by the Low­burn col­lie dog club this weekend with more than 100 peo­ple ex­pected to join in the cel­e­bra­tions. Spokesman Bob Per­riam said the cel­e­bra­tions would co­in­cide with the club’s an­nual tri­als, which were tra­di­tion­ally the first tri­als of the new sea­son. About 150 en­trants would be com­pet­ing in Fri­day and Satur­day’s events and Mr Per­riam said they loved com­ing to Low­burn, which was re­garded as one of the best grounds in the coun­try. ‘‘They love the chal­lenge of the steep­ness of the hill and the chal­lenge of the merino sheep which can be dif­fi­cult.’’ In the past, if a con­tender won at Low­burn, they were re­garded as one of the best in the coun­try and Mr Per­riam said that was still the case to­day. While the club, and its grounds, has had an in­ter­est­ing and varied his­tory, Mr Per­riam said the club faced its big­gest time of un­cer­tainty in the late 1970s with the planned con­struc­tion of the Clyde Dam. The Min­istry of Works’ orig­i­nal plan in­volved a new high­way con­structed against the base of the Suger­loaf for most of the length of the flats where the club’s trial grounds were, mean­ing the club would lose all of its grounds. Mr Per­riam said a con­certed ef­fort was made to show­case the grounds as amongst the best in the coun­try, which also led to the timely award­ing of the South Is­land and New Zealand Cham­pi­onships to Low­burn in 1982. Mr Per­riam’s fa­ther, Char­lie, also re­fused to ne­go­ti­ate fur­ther on land pur­chase deal­ings with the Min­istry of Works un­til the club’s needs were met.

Low­burn Col­lie Club dog tri­als cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions New plans were adopted, which saw the high­way moved to where it is to­day, with mas­sive earth­works needed to raise the land lev­els be­tween the new high­way and the hill. The fu­ture of the club’s grounds are now se­cure af­ter de­vel­oper Dave Robert­son, who was be­hind the Per­riam Cove ma­rina de­vel­op­ment, vol­un­tar­ily of­fered the en­tire face and lower flats of the Su­gar­loaf to be vested to the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil as a scenic re­serve - ef­fec­tively se­cur­ing the trial grounds for­ever. And with 100 years’ his­tory be­hind it, the club’s mem­bers hope there will be another 100 years of dog tri­als ahead.

Photo: EMMADAWE 628860928

Funny side: Look­ing back: Low­burn col­lie dog club cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions spokesman Bob Per­riam with some of the me­mora­bilia which will be on dis­play dur­ing the club’s cel­e­bra­tions this weekend.

What: When: Fri­day and Satur­day with head­ing cour­ses at 8am and hunt­away cour­ses at 10am Where: Low­burn Cen­ten­nial din­ner: The Moor­ings, Satur­day at 8pm

This car­toon was cre­ated by Cen­tral Otago

Grahame Syd­ney when the Low­burn col­lie dog club grounds were un­der threat by the cre­ation of the Clutha


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