Last week the Taranaki Centre hosted the North Island Sheepdog Trial Championships at the Eltham-Takau sheep dog trial grounds at Mangamingi.
The Taranaki Centre, one of the smallest centres in the country, did a magnificent job conducting the event. The weather was mild and sunny except on Thursday, when it rained heavily in the morning.
Two-hundred dogs competed in each event, and there was a good contingent of Southerners.
Wanganui Centre triallists Marcus Totman from the Omatane-Kawhatau club won the straight hunt with Meg, and Dave Stuart from the Ruahine club was second in the zig-zag hunt with Turk.
Both these young men are making a real name for themselves. Dave Stuart won the NZ zig-zag title at Moawhango last year and also placed in the South Island champs. Dave with Gus and Marcus with Zac both placed second and fourth respectively in the straight hunt at the Taumaranui North Island champs in 2014.
Wanganui heading dogs featured in the longhead at Eltham - Paul Evans and Bryte from the Ohingaiti Club were sixth, and Graham Wellington and Rachel from the Parapara-Makirikiri club were seventh qualifiers, but jumped up to second with a very good run in the final.
The New Zealand Sheepdog Trial Championships start at Omarama on May 30.
Longhead: Judge Rob Hastie (Northland Centre), M Childs and Dice 97 & 95.5, 192.5, G Wellington and Rachel 95.25 & 96.5,191.75, S Murphy and Treat 97.5 & 94, 191.5, S Murphy and Kei 95.5 & 95.25,190.75, H Hendricksen and Lace 95.75 & 91.5,187.25, P Evans and Bryte 96 & 91, 187, L Edginton and Skip 96.5 & 86, 182.5.
Shorthead: Judge Kerry Pauling (Canterbury Centre), D Wallace and Toi 98 & 93.5,191.5, L Edginton and Skip 96.25 & 93,189.25, B Bishop and Spur 95.5 & 90.5, 186, S Murphy and Kei 96 & 84.5, 180.5, G Woods and Winnie 95 & 74.5, 179, M Childs and Dice 96.5 & 74.5, 171, L Duffy and Joy 97.5 & 45 ,142.5.
Class 3: Judge Steve Blanchard (Canterbury Centre), R Orr and George 97.75 & 97, 194.75, D Stuart and Turk 97.5 & 96.5, 194, G Dickson and Bell 98 & 92.5, 193.5, G Brown and Tempo 98.5 & 92.5, 191, D Murphy and Quest 97 & 92, 189, B Jensen and Forste 98.25 & 72, 170.25, K Kilmister and Edge 97.25 & 70,167.25.
Class 4: Judge Gavin Drake (Wanganui Centre), M Totman and Meg 97 & 95, 192, T Rumbal and Thug 97.5 & 94, 191.5, G Brown and Tempo 98 & 93, 191, L Bellringer and Boogie 97.25 & 89,186.25, P Robinson and Ned 96.5 & 85, 181.5, M Duffy and Vella 97.75 & 56.5, 154.25, L Rau and Hunt 96.75 & 44, 140.75.Submitted by Brenda O'Leary, publicity officer for Wanganui Centre