It wasn't quite the event it shaped-up as, but it wouldn't have worried Dannevirke shearer Adam Brausch as he cemented his local connection to Porangahau with a $1500 win and the crown of champion at the township's Duke of Edinburgh Hotel on Saturday.
Married into the local Wakefield whanau, Brausch was one of just 10 who entered the open-class of the popular annual holiday-season Speedshear event, held this year in a marquee in the hotel's back paddock.
He became hot favourite after the surprise no-show of Waipawa gun, 2011 winner and former world champion Cam Ferguson, and pipped local contractor Tony Sutton to claim the prize.
Brausch noted, however, there'd been only four open-class entries in the speedshear last year, and he was thankful it had survived, with no suggestion from publican Dave Severinsen of any imminent demise.
It was held together by a strong participation in the other grades, with 26 in the senior event won by Mohi Gray, of Waipukurau. Gray is in the top five of Shearing Sports New Zealand's rankings for the grade in the more formal shearing competitions of A&P; Shows held so far this season.
The junior event included a range of young Welsh hopefuls, who were among the money, too, but they were beaten by Cameron Beachen, of Onga Onga, who was encouraged to try his hand at the show circuit in the New Year.
Chum Poka, 67, originally from Cambridge, still shearing and once capable of close to 700 lambs in a day, won the veterans event.
The cheque for Brausch wasn't a bad earn, for barely four minutes' shearing all-up.
It was also a timely cheque as he, fellow Dannevirke shearer Ringakaha Paewai, and Ferguson, plan a three-stand world lambshearing record attempt for January 31, costing almost $4000 just to lodge the application.