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Head steward Irwin through to dog trial final

Dog trials head steward Allen Irwin was the top qualifier on the second day of the Tux sheep dog trials at the Spring Show yesterday.

He was one of five qualifiers to make it through on a testing day for trialist and dog. Scores were still high among the 80 runs completed.

Irwin from Te Karaka and Dot scored 97 points, followed by Te Karaka's Jeremy Cook and Skip on 96.5, then Waimata's Merv Utting and Guy on 96, Barney Strong and Trivie from Waikato on 95.5 and Bob Berger, also from the Waikato, with Biddy on 95.25.

The placing means Utting will have two dogs in tomorrow's final. He and Fern top qualified on Wednesday with 98.

Five more finalists will go through to the final from today's remaining 80 runs.

“It was a bit wet yesterday but we got through,” said Irwin.

“The standard of competition was not as good as we had on Wednesday, due to the weather, but it was not too bad.

“The sheep were a bit colder and a bit freer yesterday,” Allen said.

“But, all in all, the day's competition went pretty well, considering the wet, cold and blustery weather conditions.”

Tomorrow's 15-dog final starts at 9am at the back of the Showgrounds Park.

Jeremy Vize and Mahi work on marshalling three sheep at yesterday's qualifying round of the Tux sheep dog trials at the A&P Show. The cold, wet and blustery weather made for a testing day for the trialists, but did not affect their scores. Picture by Paul Rickard