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Wool winners ‘over the moon’

The T.S White Memorial Shield for wool supremacy at the Poverty Bay A&P Spring Show went to Hawke's Bay this year and the family who produced the winning fleece were thrilled.

David Daulton from Te Kaitai Station at Omapere in central Hawke's Bay, who is in his 80s, produced the top cross-bred fleece that went on to win the overall Supreme Award.

“David has always been passionate about wool,” said wool head steward Ross Buscke, who also featured heavily in the wool prizes.

“He has Simon Averill from CP Wool select his hoggets for their fleeces and his grandson, who has taken over the station, works with him on finding the right entries.

“David and his family were told they had won the Shield yesterday afternoon and they were over the moon,” Mr Buscke said.

“His daughter Susan Grayson won the black or coloured section, with a fleece that was as good as any you would want to see.”

Mr Buscke himself picked up the trophy for the champion fine wool fleece, a couple of merino prizes and the “most points” trophy.

The McNeil family featured with wins in the commercial hogget fleece class, and in the strong hogget section.

The competition was judged by Shane Horne from PGG Wrightson.

Detailed results —

Fine Hoggets: D and C Coop 1 and 2, Te Aroha Station 3.

Medium hogget: Te Kaitai 1, Hinenui Genetics 2, D and C Coop 3.

Strong hogget: McNeil Farming 1, Te Kaitai 2, D and C Coop 3.

Merino hogget: S.R and L Buscke 1 and 2, Sandra Faulkner 3.

Mature merino: S.R and L Buscke.

Mature shears: Rockburn Station 1 and 2.

Hogget shears: Chris Harris 1, G and M McIntosh 2, Merv Cook 3.

Champion Shears: Rockburn Station.

Hogget black or coloured: Susan Grayson 1, Karen Beckman 2 and 3.

Mature black or coloured: Susan Grayson 1, Kay Twigley 2.

Champion black or coloured: Susan Grayson 1 and 2.

Special awards —

Commercial hogget fleece: B and T McNeil.

Most points: S.R and L Buscke.

Champion fine wool fleece: S.R and L Buscke.

Champion cross-bred fleece: Te Kaitai.

Supreme Champion fleece and winner of the T.S White Memorial Shield: Te Kaitai.

WINNING FLEECE: The Daulton family from Hawke's Bay won the prestigious T.S White Memorial Shield for the Supreme Champion fleece at the Poverty Bay A&P Show yesterday. The event was judged by Shane Horne (left) from PGG Wrightson, and the award was accepted for the Daulton family by Simon Averill from CP Wool. Picture by Paul Rickard