Champs hosts Warepa club should be ‘proud’
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.’’
Warepa Collie Club member Derek Brown in action at the South Island Sheep Dog Trial Championships held near Clinton.