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.’’

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