Duffy, Lord top team in dog tri­als

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The Taranaki club dog tri­alling sea­son has fin­ished for the year with Lloyd Duffy (Haw­era) and his hunt­away dog Lord com­ing out on top in the prov­ince with 21 points ahead of Steve Mur­phy (Whang­amomona) and top head­ing dog Sharp on 20.

Lord was an AI pup five years ago with his fa­ther the late Prince been one of the coun­try’s best hunt­aways in his time (around 1996 -2000) and he was owned by one of the coun­try’s best dog tri­al­ist the late Graeme Dick­son. Duffy owned Lord’s mother Pearl.

Duffy who was re­cently ap­pointed the Pa­tron of the Taranaki Cen­tre is no stranger to dog tri­alling as he’s been com­pet­ing in the sport se­ri­ously since 1990. Win­ning a NI Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in 2007 and hav­ing been in seven Is­land fi­nals and four NZ fi­nals he’s a strong con­tender for the up and com­ing NI Cham­pi­onships start­ing on May 7 at Te Aute, Hawke’s Bay.

Taranaki com­peti­tors who have qual­i­fied to com­pete in these Cham­pi­onships are Bryce Jensen (Waihi-Waitara), Bernie Gower, Sarah Scott (Mangamingi), Lloyd Duffy, Mark Duffy (Haw­era), Loyd Bishop, Paul Martin (Strat­fordMan­gaehu), Steve Mur­phy, Dan Mur­phy, James McFar­lane, Chris Journeaux, Rachel Law (Whang­amomona). Re­sults for these cham­pi­onships can be found daily on the NZSDTA web­site.

Ken Lobb (Whang­amomona) is judg­ing his first Is­land Cham­pi­onship (the Long­head) at Te Aute along with his wife Donna who will be his clerk. Lobb has been judg­ing club and Cen­tre Cham­pi­onships for many years and has proven him­self to be well equipped to judge at a stan­dard that is re­quired for a higher level. It’s a job that takes im­mense con­cen­tra­tion and great knowl­edge of the sport to ac­cu­rately point each of the ap­prox­i­mately 230 dogs in this event over the five days to find the top seven for the NI fi­nals.

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Lloyd Duffy (Haw­era) and his hunt­away dog Lord

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