Canine tal­ent on show at weekend

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TARRANT

There will be no short­age of hot dogs at the Toko­roa Me­mo­rial Sports Grounds this weekend.

More than 2000 fit ca­nines will be bat­tling it out at the Toko­roa Dog Train­ing Club cham­pi­onship agility and jumpers event.

Club pres­i­dent Gina Boreham said this was a record num­ber for any club in New Zealand in the his­tory of agility and jumpers events.

Com­peti­tors would be trav­el­ling from Christchurch and Whangarei and ev­ery­where in be­tween, she said.

Among the ta­lented pups would be those be­long­ing to New Zealand’s Got Tal­ent star Chelsea Mar­riner.

Ms Boreham said the new lo­ca­tion had most likely con­trib­uted to the in­flux of en­tries.

The club, which is host­ing the champs for the eighth year, usu­ally has about 1500 en­tries, she said.

The dogs would be in seven dif­fer­ent classes in four sep­a­rate cat­e­gories.

Each one can run in three dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions each day, Ms Boreham said.

Af­ter an out­stand­ing show of sup­port from the com­mu­nity, the club had man­aged to re­cruit all its vol­un­teers from the South Waikato, she said.

‘‘We vir­tu­ally haven’t had to ask any­one out­side of the area to help. It’s been re­ally, re­ally awe­some.’’

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to come along.

‘‘But leave your dogs at home,’’ Ms Boreham said.

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