Barrie demonstrates sportsmanship
Cameron Barrie, a Slattery Contracting employee, was rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year’s Fieldays.
‘‘The organiser said that I displayed the right attitude throughout the event,’’ the Matamata tractor driver said.
‘‘On the Saturday in the third round I got the slowest time down one side as it was quite wet but I didn’t get disheartened so I think that may have played a part in getting the award.’’
Barrie said he had been in one tractor pull event before the Fieldays and had got involved because of the social aspect that comes with the sport.
He said the event enabled tractor contractors and farmers to socialise and check out each other’s tractors.
Barrie, who is in his fourth season with Slattery Contracting, said he had always been into tractors as a kid growing up on a Te Awamutu dairy farm.
After finishing with the army, he got into driving tractors.
In his first season with Slattery he was a seasonal driver who drove a rake and wrapped bales. Now that his skill range has increased, he does all sorts including square baling, drives the loader wagon, while also getting involved with ground work, cultivation and seed work.
Another Slattery employee, Taylor Green, also entered the two tractor pull categories.
One involves tractors carrying weights and racing and the other involves tractors transferring weights.
This was the first time a Slattery Contracting tractor had entered this event.