Wairoa area triallist Becs Baynes picked up an overdue win when she won the straight hunt with Tom at the Tikokino-Olrig trials in Central Hawke's Bay last weekend.
Scoring her first win since claiming a zig zag title with Biddy at Okawa a year ago, she was one of three newcomers to the season's winners on the Hawke's Bay circuit.
The long head was won by Howard Ingles with Lou, and the zig zag by Mark Murphy and Ben, but champion heading dog triallist Bob Bruce was still able to grab the usual bag of points with star performers Susan and national champion Cheat.
It was Susan that claimed the short head and yard title, making it the fifth trial in nine club trials in Hawke's Bay this season that has seen the Bruce name on top at the end.
There are no trials over the Easter Weekend, although a heading and handy dog trial will be held at the Royal Easter Show in Auckland, with a top prize of $1000 in the Easter Sunday runoff.
The next in Hawke's Bay are the Okawa trials on April 6-7, the last before the closing date for entries for the North Island championships at Te Aute in May. In Wairarapa SHB, East Coast stages its trials at Porangahau next week, while Poverty Bay trials will be held at Waingake, southwest of Gisborne.
TIKOKINO-OLRIG (March 23-24)
Long head: Howard Ingles, Lou, 99pts, 1; Clark Chrystal, Boyd, 98.75pts, 2; Bob Bruce, Susan, 98.5pts, 3; Bob Bruce, Cheat, 98pts, 4; Jim Wilson, Jed, 97.75pts, 5. Intermediate: Charlie Lee, Bobby. Maiden: D Bliss, Captain.
Short head and yard: Bob Bruce, Susan, 96pts, 1; Kevin O'Connor, Jo, 95.5pts, 2; Jim Wilson, Jed, 95pts, 3; Bob Bruce, Jaco, 94.5pts, 4; Dave Wallace, Blue, 94.25pts, 5. Intermediate: Bob Bruce, Jaco. Maiden: Corey Ruwhiu, Con.
Zig zag hunt: Mark Murphy, Ben, 97pts, 1; Mark Loye, Law, 96.5pts, 2; Becs Baynes, Tom, 96pts, 3; Ben Te Kahika, Rogue, 95.5pts, 4; Tori Nicholson, Loo, 95pts, 5. Intermediate: Mark Loye, Law. Maiden: Corey Ruwhiu, Crew.
Straight hunt: Becs Baynes, Tom, 98pts, 1; Ben Te Kahika, Rogue, 97.5pts, 2; Dave Wright, Ruff, 97pts, 3; Sam Bishop, Jade, 96.5pts, 4; Jeremy Bright, Mate, 96pts, 5. Intermediate: Becs Baynes, Tom. Maiden: Dave Wright, Ruff.
MAKOTUKU (March 23-24)
Long head: Guy Peacock, Chief, 96pts, 1; Nigel Clark, Jan, 95.5pts, 2; Brent Mathews, Reef, 95pts, 3; Jim Wilson, Jed, 94.5pts, 4; Guy Peacock, Falcon, 94pts, 5. Intermediate and Maiden: Tim Stevenson, Mini.
Short head and yard: Dave Wallace, Slug, 95.5pts, 1; Howard Ingles, Lou, 95.25pts, 2; Dave Wallace, Blue, 95pts, 3; Bernard Arends, Roy, 94pts, 4; Bob Bruce, Susan, 93.5pts, 5. Intermediate and Maiden: Bernard Arends, Troy.
Zig zag hunt: Nick Tipling, Bell, 96.5pts, 1; Tony Fairweather, Slave, 96opts, 2; M Nolan, Rodge, 94pts, 3; Brent Matthews, Ridge, 93.5pts, 4; Nick Tipling, Nugget, 93pts, 5. Intermediate: M Nolan, Rodge. Maiden: Aaron Bell, Punch.
Straight hunt: Brent Mathews, Ridge, 98pts, 1; Terry Bould, Slam, 97.75pts, 2; Guy Peacock, Gem, 97.5pts, 3; Chris Shaw, Dixie, 97.25pts, 4; Hamish Hendrickson, Joe, 97pts, 5. Intermediate: Brent Mathews, Ridge. Maiden: Guy Peacock, Gem.
KUMEROA (March 17-18)
Long head: P London, Pat, 97.5pts, 1; Bo Milner, Snow, 97pts, 2; Jonathon Smailes, Fig, 96pts, 3; John Bartlett, Honk, 95.75pts, 4; S Henson, Sneaky, 95.5pts, 5. Intermediate: Jonathon Smailes, Fig. Maiden: Philippa Lambourne, Moss.
Short head and yard: Bo Milner, Snow, 97pts, 1; BernardArends, Roy, 96.8pts, 2; Jim Wilson, Jed, 96.5pts, 3; Howard Ingles, Lou, 96pts, 4; Bernard Arends, Winx, 95.5pts, 5. Intermediate: Bernard Arends, Winx. Maiden: John Linton, Scout.
Zig zag hunt: Tony Fairweather, Slave, 93.5pts, 1; J Carod, Sooty, 92.5pts, 2; Tony Fairweather, Witch, 91pts, 3; Andrew Wylie, Duke, 90.5pts, 4; Chris Shaw, Dixie, 90pts, 5. Intermediate: Tony Fairweather, Slave. Maiden: Tony Fairweather, Witch.
Straight hunt: James Hemopo, Bronc, 98pts, 1; Terry Bould, Slam, 97.5pts, 2; Tim Stevenson, Cruze, 97pts, 3; Tom Lilley, Sledge, 96.5pts, 4; Cory Caseley, Sage, 96.25pts, 5. Intermediate and Maiden: James Hemopo, Bronc.