Tribute to dog tri­als work­ers


An army marches on its stom­ach, and a dog trial is no dif­fer­ent.

Warepa Col­lie Club pres­i­dent Tony Miller paid spe­cial tribute to the south Otago com­mu­nity groups that kept tri­allers and public warm and fed in the main mar­quee at the South Is­land Sheep Dog Trial Cham­pi­onships on Hill­foot Road, last week.

‘‘It was amaz­ing to see the num­ber of clubs come to­gether, who made it hap­pen.’’

He also made spe­cial men­tion of the med­i­cal staff and vol­un­teers on hand, es­pe­cially in the col­lapse of Cantabrian com­peti­tor, the late Garry Woods, who died on his way to watch the straight hunt­away event, last Wed­nes­day.

‘‘We had a medic on course, who was ac­tu­ally a com­peti­tor, who was with Garry within a short span of time, as well as a trained para­medic, and first re­spon­ders from the fire bri­gade. If there was any­thing that could have been done to re­vive him, it would have hap­pened.’’

Con­do­lences had been sent to Garry’s wife Pam and fam­ily at Am­ber­ley, in North Canterbury.

Miller said it was also some com­fort that Woods, in his 70s, had died do­ing some­thing he loved, and it was the way that many dog tri­allers would want to go.

The dog trial sea­son will fin­ish with the New Zealand cham­pi­onships to be held at Gis­borne, start­ing May 29. Six from the Warepa club would be at­tend­ing.

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