Still chas­ing NZ dog trial ti­tle

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Sixty years af­ter train­ing his first puppy, Al­lan Smith is still chas­ing the ti­tle of national sheep dog trial cham­pion.

The 74-year-old re­tired farmer has never missed a sea­son and is set to com­pete at the North Is­land and New Zealand Cham­pi­onships next week.

His dogs Nick, Dot and Mac have all qual­i­fied and Al­lan said the pups are as good as he has had.

Al­lan, who joined the Pu­taru­ruTi­rau- Mata­mata Sheep Dog Trial Club in 1978, has fin­ished sec­ond at the North Is­land Cham­pi­onships twice and fin­ished in the top seven at na­tion­als a num­ber of times.

Ear­lier this sea­son, he won the Waikato Cen­tre Champs and hopes to this year bring the New Zealand ti­tle home to Mata­mata.

Al­lan sold his Hin­uera sheep and beef farm in 2005 and now has three acres, some sheep and his dogs.

Five hun­dred dogs from the North Cape to the Bluff will com­pete at the na­tion­als from May 27 to June 1.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to at­tend the event held at OrakieKo­rako Rd in Taupo.

Good boy: Al­lan Smith’s head­ing dog Nick will be com­pet­ing at the sheep dog trial na­tion­als next week.

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