Jo Waugh makes dog trials history with win
Matawai dog triallist Jo Waugh became the first woman to win a New Zealand ‘island’ title since sheep dog trials records started in this country back in 1911 when she won the South Island zig zag hunt championship on Friday.
Jo and her huntaway workmate, three-year-old Guy, had a 92.5 point qualifying run, then blitzed the run-off field with a 96.5 pointer, the top score of the final.
Her aggregate score at Hanmer Springs was 189 points.
She finished half-a-point ahead of Clark Crystal and Nell from Waikoau.
“It felt bloody good to win that title,” 30-year-old Jo said.
“I had pretty good sheep and my dog listened well. It came together for us in the runoff.”
The history maker came up to Gisborne from the Manawatu 10 years ago to work as a shepherd.
Jo has been trialling for approximately 10 years.
It was Guy’s first season in dog trialling.
Jo and Guy won two Poverty Bay open dog trials this season.
Trials commentator Ross Buscke has always rated her highly.
“Jo has always had the right attitude to her work and to dog trials.”
She was the sixteenth triallist to go in qualifying, right at the start of last week, out of 300 runs.
“She hung in there in the top seven all week to make the final run-off,” Buscke said.
“The centre is extremely proud of her.”
Colin Bayliss and Bully from Ngatapa finished fourth in the zag zag hunt (185 aggregate), and Wairoa’s Bex Baynes and Jazz were sixth (180 points).
Bayliss and Pearl finished runners up in the straight hunt final.
They produced two very consistent runs — 96 (qualifying) and 94 (final) to finish with an aggregate of 190, just a point behind the winner Lloyd Duffy and Lord from Egmont.