Popular win for Nelley and Stream
John Nelley and Stream showed their pedigree by claiming the short head and yard title with the very last run of the day at the Broadwood Sheep Dog Trial on Saturday afternoon.
In his review of the highlights from the two day event, local trials commentator Merv Cameron said Nelley’s win was a very popular one.
“John’s health had been very poor y in recent years and he has struggled to even get to the trials, let alone compete,” Cameron said.
The win will have given the duo enough points to compete at the nationals at the end of May where, he predicted, they could do very well.
“John knows what it takes to win the big title as many years back he captured it with his dog Daisy,” Cameron reminded.
He said it was a great trial for the “old fellows” as along with Nelley both Allen Nisbet and Cameron with Pat and Clyde respectively also qualified for the upcoming nationals which is being run in the Far North in May.
Back at Broadwood and chasing Nelley hard were Murray Child’s Boy, Ken Whittaker’s consistent Jess and Cameron with Clyde, the first day leader.
In the long head Child’s exceptional bitch Dice went close to perfection by scoring 98.5 on a difficult course from Jess with Craig Lugtigheid’s young dog Strike holding off Nisbet’s Pat and Mike Moody with Spot for third place.
Over on the huntaway course, the experienced Frank of Murray Child managed to gain control of what were otherwise difficult sheep and the pair’s quality showed through by winning both events.
“The sheep worked well on the heading courses and both judges had some quality work to assess. On the hunt courses it was a different story with the sheep doing all they could to escape back downhill.
“A pity but that’s dog trials . . . no sheep, no trials, so a big thank you to Conrad Walters for loaning your sheep for us all to work.”
All in all, a very enjoyable trial which finished with a big local turnout for the hosting club’s traditional hangi which again was of exceptional quality, competitors said.
Results from the Broadwood Sheep Dog Trial on Waiotehue Road on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, were:
Long head: M Child with Dice 98.5, 1, K Whittaker with Jess 96, 2, C Lugtigheid with Strike 95.5, 3, A Nisbet with Pat 94, 4, M Moody with Spot 93; Intermediate: C Lugtigheid with Strike 95.5, Maiden: T Hargreaves with Dora 71.
Short head and yard: J Nelley with Stream 95.5, M Child with Boy 95, K Whittaker with Jess 94, M Cameron with Clyde 93, S Osborne with Pip 91.5; Intermediate: J Nelley with Stream 95.5, Maiden: G Booth with King 52.
Zig zag hunt: M Child with Frank 92.5, C Lugtigheid with Jan 91, C Jay with Belle 87, T Clutterbuck with Lincoln 66, C Thomson with Mirri 62.5. Straight hunt: M Child with Frank 97, C Lugtigheid with Tara 96, C Thomson with Mirri 92, T Clutterbuck with Lincoln 91, R Davis with Guy 89.
■ This weekend there are the Kaiwaka trials, leg 10 of 12 making up the provincial circuit.
There are three legs remaining to give the local crew the chance to qualify for the nationals being held next month on Mt Ahu Ahu in the Mid North.
John Nelley and Stream are congratulated by grandson Henry and daughter Joanna shortly after delivering the winning run in the short head and yard event at the Broadwood Sheep Dog Trial on Saturday afternoon.