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.

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