Dog trials undaunted by wet day
‘‘We've been able to keep going, and we're still on track.’’
Two days of near perfect conditions have put the competition schedule well ahead at the South Island Sheep Dog Trial Championships held near Clinton this week.
Which was just well, because down came the rain on Wednesday, meaning the organisers had to put gravel on the access road to the LawlorO’Riordan farm property where the event is being held, just off Hillfoot Road.
Host Warepa Collie Club president Tony Miller said it hadn’t slowed the competition down too much.
‘‘We’ve been able to keep going, and we’re still on track.’’
The programme on Monday and Tuesday had gone so smoothly that the championship could be wrapped up earlier than expected, Miller said.
‘‘Conditions have been fantastic. We’ve been really lucky.
‘‘It’s running smoothly and I think we will get through the runs by Thursday.’’
The event, run by the Otago Sheep Dog Trial Centre, has a contingency to run until Friday or Saturday if necessary, to select the top seven dogs in each event. It had attracted about 200 competitors and 400 dogs from throughout New Zealand.
‘‘It’s not easy. You don’t get up there because of luck, but people have come back and said they are pleased by the challenge.’’