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Dog trials see tough competition at finals

The J & T Hickey charity sheep dog trial final on Saturday in the RDA pavilion at the showground produced one of the best finals many have seen for years.

The top four dogs and their handlers were separated by only 0.3 of a single point. Merv Utting and Prince from Waimata won it with a score of 97.3 points.

Full results —

Best first round run overall: Garry Brennan Rosebowl, Merv Utting, Prince 98pts.

Intermediate dog: Peter Williams Ike 97pts. Maiden dog: Lindsay Schmidt Dolly 96.5pts.

Top local intermediate: Peter Wilson Roy 81pts. Top local maiden: Thomas Hansen Fly 90pts.

Local competitor most points: Noddy Halley 226.5.

Top lady competitor: Bex Scragg Floss 96.

Novice event, sponsored by Hinenui Genetics: Jesse McIntyre West 77pts 1; Luke Jamieson Turbo 72pts 2; Hamish McKenzie Red 67pts 3.

Teams event, sponsored by the Matawai Deer Farm: Hamish McKenzie with Red and Steve Kelleher and Ace 155pts 1; Toni Blundell with James and Anthony Hughes with Sue 151pts, 2; Zane Rogers with Ace and Rod Mead with Gum/Jesse McIntryre with West and Sam Shaw with Stream 148pts, 3-equal.

Top 10 run off: Merv Utting Prince 97.3pts 1; Graeme Cook Bill 97.2 2; Sheena Martin Troy 97.1 3; Bex Scragg Floss 97 4; Peter Williams Neve 96 5; Peter Williams Ike 95 6; Lindsay Schmidt Dolly 90 7; Sheena Martin Stretch 87 8; Allen Irwin Dot 84 9; Garry Denize Tip 75 10.

The Aggregate Cup: Merv Utting and Prince 195.1pts.

TOP TEN: The top 10 finalists of the J & T Hickey Charity sheepdog trial put on a great show on Saturday. (From left) Peter Williams with Neve and Ike, Merv Utting with Prince, Lindsay Schmidt with Dolly, Allen Irwin with Dot, Sheena Martin with Troy and Stretch, Bex Scragg with Floss, Graham Cook with Bill, and Garry Denize with Tip, Bernard Arends (Judge) and Maree Palmer (Clerk). Tiniroto's Bex Scragg and Floss performed really well (pictured). Pictures by Rebecca Williams
Bex Scragg