Shearing life for Chilean family
Luis Pincol and his Chilean family’s lifestyle revolves around shearing
They enjoy travelling around the shows as a family, encouraging Luis as he competes.
‘‘I first competed at Lumsden’s show [The Northern Southland Community Shears] in 2015 in the intermediate grade and this is my second season in seniors.
‘‘My shed tallies were about 250 in 2016 but I am now consistently up to 300 a day.’’
Pincol had been shearing in Chile for eight years when he saw opportunities for shearers in New Zealand on the internet.
‘‘I liked what I saw about the quality of shearing in New Zealand so I decided to come and have a taste,’’ he said.
‘‘Susana and Demian [his wife and son] joined me eight months later, with Luciano being born here in 2014.’’
Pincol has worked with Bruce Rogers Shearing in Geraldine since he arrived, and has a work visa until 2020.
Gonzales is able to stay because they have a partnership visa.
However, it hasn’t always been plain sailing. In July 2016 Pincol broke his ankle and had screws and plates inserted, followed by four months in bed and two months rehabilitation.
In another operation the screws and plates were removed and he returned to work, but seven days later a sheep kicked his ankle resulting in another month off work.
He started competing again at the beginning of 2017.
‘‘I finished fourth in the intermediate top 12 national class ranking in the 2015-2016 season and seventh in the senior national ranking in the 2016- 2017 season.
‘‘I have been to shearing schools through training groups such as Tectra and I keep learning every day.’’
He reached the senior semi-finals on Friday at Lumsden, competed at Winton on Saturday and was continuing on the circuit to Gore and Balclutha.
Gonzales said the family was enjoying the Kiwi lifestyle.
‘‘We haven’t been back to Chile because we had just bought our tickets and the next week Luis broke his ankle, so we just communicate on Skype.
‘‘We like travelling as a family and the boys enjoy going to the shows.’’
Susana Gonzales, Luciano Picol, 3, Demian Pincol, 8, and Luis Pincol at the Northern Southland Community Shears.