Dogs compete to keep sheep in line
A whistle shrilled across the gully as a skilled triallist successfully commanded his welltrained dog to herd three sheep through the Zig Zag Hunt.
It was a common sight at the Putaruru, Tirau and Matamata Sheep Dog Trials last Friday and Saturday as 59 competitors, from as far away as Whangarei, Tuakau, Taumarunui, Taihape and Napier, trialled 133 dogs.
A number of local lads did well including Allan Smith who came first in the Open Short Head with his dog Nick and first time competitor Gerome Bardoul came second in the Open Maiden Zig Zag Hunt with Crim.
Mr Bardoul entered in the Zig Zag Hunt, Straight Hunt and Short Head and Yard.
After a number of runs he said he was still enjoying himself and it was a great experience.
Meanwhile another local newcomer, Mark Mcglashan, was eagerly taking advice from the experts when the Chronicle spoke to him just before his first run.
This sheep trial is one of many happening around the country between February and April and was the 73rd annual trial here.
President Alastair Sherrard, who has been taking part for 12 years, said people just kept coming because they loved it.
‘‘They come from all over the country to have a go and carry on to other trials around the country. It’s great,’’ he said. ‘‘The whole thing survives on the sponsorship and the good will of people in the community so a special thanks to all our sponsors and local members, who with their continued support enabled us to provide another successful trial once again.’’
Results as follows: Local Long Head Open: 1st R Berger, Intermediate: 1st N Dean, Maiden: 1st N Dean.
Local Short Head Open: 1st A Smith, Intermediate: I. Mckenzie, Maiden: 1st I Mckenzie.
Local Zig Zag Hunt Open: 1st R Berger, Intermediate: 1st G Bardoul, Maiden: 1st G Bardoul.
Local Straight Hunt Open: 1st R Berger, Intermediate: 1st G Bardoul, Maiden: 1st G Bardoul.
This was the first time young farmer Mark Mcglashan had entered the trials with his sheep dog Luna. Round them up: A dog pushes the sheep through the finish line of the Zigzag Hunt at the Sheep Dog Trials last weekend.
Plenty to eat: Margaret Brazier kept the kitchen under control and the competitors well fed for the day.
Whistle blow: Local man Terry O’sullivan took his turn on the zig zag hunt.