Duffy, Lord top team in dog trials
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.
Lloyd Duffy (Hawera) and his huntaway dog Lord