Toko­roa will de­ter­mine top dogs

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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