Tokoroa will determine top dogs
A surge of more than 700 dogs will take over Tokoroa later this year for the National Dog Agility championships held in the district for the first time.
The Tokoroa Dog Training Club won the rights to host the event which will be on Labour weekend.
And if the club’s latest dog agility championship is anything to go by competitors are in for a treat.
The annual weekend-long event held earlier this month brought in more than 300 dogs and with the help of volunteers from Forest View High School and the Tokoroa Lions Club, everything ran smoothly.
President of the club Gina Boreham said the nationals will be ‘‘huge’’ for the district and the club.
‘‘ It’s mind boggling to think what it’s going to be to organise.’’
The 20- member club is the smallest in the country with about six on the committee.
Boreham said the nationals held at the Tokoroa Memorial Sports grounds over Labour weekend are expected to bring in more than 350 people.
She said accommodation in Tokoroa had already been booked by entrants.
Each year clubs apply to host the competition.
What has been held in Taupo in the past was handed over to the Tokoroa club because of its proposal, Boreham said.
‘‘I think the proposal we put together was good; the sports grounds facilities we have won it.’’
The club had already secured catering and Boreham said there are more opportunities for local businesses.
Dogs and their owners were put to the test at the weekend event.