"PL" Anderson was a bit too upfront about one of his runs in the dog trials at the Wanaka A&P Show.

"The dog wasn't up to it, and the sheep were terrible and I was disinterested," he said very matter-of-factly.

Mr Anderson (79) was sporting two crutches, thanks to his latest - and fourth - hip replacement about three months ago.

He has been dog trialling since he was 15 and kept 70 sheep at home in Wanaka, which were useful to practise on.

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He has four dogs, including Queen, who has already qualified for the New Zealand championships in Kaikohe.

He was campaigning both Queen and Miss - who was "hit and miss" - at Wanaka.

"After a run like this, I'm a bloody idiot if I come back again," he rued, but that was followed by "of course I will" when asked if he would return.

He was hoping to go to Kaikohe as he once judged a New Zealand championships there.

Mr Anderson has been travelling around many trials in the South this season, usually accompanied by his two old mates - Don McRae and Gordon Lucas - and they had a lot of fun.

"Their dogs are a bit better," he confided.