Four decades of service
Southland farmer Ian Tippett has met everything from Friesian calves and elephants during nearly four decades of service to the Royal Agricultural Society.
The Winton Show director was recently awarded a district service award by the society.
He and his wife Jeannette moved to Wanaka full time in 2016, after many years holidaying in the resort.
‘‘They call it semi-retired but I haven’t seen the semi yet,’’ Tippett quipped.
Until the shift to Wanaka, he had only ever lived in the one Opio home.
‘‘I helped Wanaka show working bees this year. I may drop off being a director at Winton but I certainly will be there to help them.’’
Tippett’s first memories of shows were as a child and his first competition was on a Friesian calf.
He was the Winton show president from 1999 to 2003, a southern district councillor from 1998, vice president in 2003, national equestrian chairman in 2008, and district chairman from 2006 to 2014.
The sheep, beef and grain farmer was interested in international issues and attended several international conferences.
A South African conference about three years ago was a highlight. He observed elephants, patted a lion and watched cheetahs sprint after prey.
Ian Tippett with his Royal Agricultural Society certificate and district service medal.