Champs hosts Warepa club should be ‘proud’

Clutha Leader - - HEALTH AND WELLNESS - MARY-JO TOHILL

Otago Dog Tri­als Cen­tre pres­i­dent Dave Vaughan said Warepa Col­lie Club, hosts of the South Is­land Dog Trial Cham­pi­onships last week, got two es­sen­tial things right - the grounds and sheep.

The week-long event held near Clin­ton fin­ished last Fri­day, and was ex­tremely suc­cess­ful, largely thanks to the huge ef­fort put in by the Warepa club, he said.

‘‘They were very well or­gan­ised, en­thu­si­as­tic and hosted a well-run week of dog tri­als.’’

About 200 com­peti­tors and close to 400 dogs from through­out New Zealand fought it out for the four main ti­tles, in head­ing and hunt­away events, at the Otago Dog Tri­als Cen­tre-run event.

‘‘One of the key re­quire­ments to host­ing a dog trial is to have good grounds and good sheep. In this re­spect we are very for­tu­nate to have the Lawlor fam­ily and Cross broth­ers.’’

He said the Otago cen­tre was grate­ful to these fam­i­lies.

‘‘The sheep were ex­cel­lent to han­dle and the cour­ses pro­vided plenty of chal­lenge for the dogs to dis­play their skills.’’

Over­all, the week had ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions, ‘‘a good re­ward for a lot of hard work by all in­volved’’, he said.

‘‘Warepa should be proud of what they were able to achieve es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing this was the first time they have hosted an is­land cham­pi­onship.’’

BRONNIE FO­LEY

Warepa Col­lie Club mem­ber Derek Brown in ac­tion at the South Is­land Sheep Dog Trial Cham­pi­onships held near Clin­ton.

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