Good HB showing in sheepdog trials
Hawke’s Bay triallists made a good showing in the Tux National Sheepdog Trial Championships at Rotorua on Saturday, with top seven placings in all events.
Waipukurau’s 77-year-old trials veteran Charlie Anderton with Jill was second in the short head and yard, 187.5 points, (seventh in the North Island championships), and with Prince, third in the zig zag huntaway , 186.5 points (sixth in the North Island championships).
Gary McDonald and Tahi, Havelock North, was second in the zig zag huntaway, 192.5 points (first in the North Island Championships), and second in the straight huntaway, 191 points (sixth in the North Island championships).
Seventh placed in the same event was South Island championship winner, Robert Gallien and Raine of Porangahau with 116 points (third in North Island championships).
In the straight huntaway, Alan Lower and Lucky, Waipawa, were fourth, 190 points ( third in the North Island championships) with Reece Whitelock and Rich, Napier, sixth, 187.25 ( fifth in the North Island championships).
History was made at the championships at when Hawera trialist Graeme Dickson won both the zig zag huntaway and the straight huntaway titles.
The feat was one few sheepdog enthusiasts could remember, although it was reputedly done in the 1940s.
The national championships, incorporating the North Island championships, were held over six days on Ngongataha Station, owned by the Ngati-Whakaue Tribal Lands Incorporation.
Long head – Geoff Allison and Bruce, Fairlie, 192.5, 1; Ken Whittaker and Deb, Northland 191.0, 2; Stuart Miller and Hope, Canterbury 190.5, 3; Allen Nisbet and Vic, Kaikohe 189.75, 4; Stephen Murphy and Calm, Stratford 187.0, 5; Eion Herbert and Rain, Nelson 186.0, 6; Neil Evans and Sky, Amberley 185.0, 7.
Short head and yard – Ginger Anderson and Clyde, Omarama, 191.0, 1; Charlie Anderton and Jill, Waipukurau, 187.5, 2; Merv Cameron and Joan, Kaitaia, 185.5, 3; Hugh Weir and Kate, Rakaia, 183.0, 4; Geoff Taylor and Bid, Taihape, 178.5, 5; Stuart Millar and Hope, Canterbury, 163.5, 6; Merv Utting and Len, Gisborne, 161, 7.
Zig zag huntaway – Graeme Dickson and Prince, Hawera, 193.0, 1; Gary McDonald and Tahi, Havelock North, 192.5, 2; Charlie Anderton and Prince, Waipukurau, 186.5, 3; Roy Pullen and Bell, Taumarunui, 185.0, 4; David Hutchings and Rock, Taumarunui, 146.0, 5; Bruce Westgarth and Gwen, Timaru, 128.5, 6; Robert Gallien and Raine, Porangahau, 116.0, 7.
Straight huntaway – Graeme Dickson and Prince, Hawera, 194.5, 1; Gary McDonald and Tahi, Havelock North, 191.0, 2; Paul McClimont and Cloud, Hunterville, 190.5, 3; Alan Lower and Lucky, Waipawa, 190.0, 4; John Bartlett and Talk, Masterton, 187.5, 5; Reece Whitelock and Rich, Napier, 187.25, 6; Dave McNab and Podge, Balclutha, 186.25, 7.