Sheep dog club all set to cel­e­brate

The Pu­taruru-Ti­rauMata­mata Sheep Dog Trial Club is host­ing its 75th an­nual trial at Oko­roire this week. We take a look back at the club’s his­tory.

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Pu­taruru-Ti­rau Sheep Dog Trial Club was formed by a group of en­thu­si­asts at a meet­ing held on Au­gust 25, 1936. The first pres­i­dent was Mr JS Allen and Mr G Haines was the first sec­re­tary.

The first two tri­als were held in 1937 and 1938 at the Sned­don property in Pu­taruru.

In 1939, the trial grounds were shifted to the Tot­man property in Ti­rau, with con­tin­ued sup­port from the Tot­man, Neill and Crossan fam­i­lies un­til 1998.

On an ex­cep­tion­ally hot day in 1999, the fi­nal shift of trial grounds was to the Temm property in Oko­roire, where they have been held ever since.

The tri­als were not held dur­ing the war years of 1942 or 1943. In 1944, they were re­vived and, with the ex­cep­tion of 1947 and 2013 (drought), have since been an an­nual event.

North Is­land Cham­pi­onships were held on the club’s grounds on Tot­man Rd in 1950.

In 1987, the club name was changed to the Pu­taruru-Ti­rau-Mata­mata Sheep Dog Trial Club.

Waikato Cen­tre Cham­pi­onships were held on the club’s grounds in 1999, with lo­cal man Mr Rex Dean win­ning the Open Class I Long Head. An­other suc­cess­ful Cen­tre Cham­pi­onship was held again in 2009.

Two club mem­bers have been awarded the straight fur­row merit award: Mr Val Craw­ford in 2002, for 40 years as bar­man, and Mr Bruce Watkins in 2012 for 30 years (and count­ing) as lib­er­a­tor con­vener.

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