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.