All set for championships
THERE will be 34 dogs and 13 triallists from the Poverty Bay Dog Trial Centre in action next week at the Tux South Island and New Zealand Championships near Gore.
Based on previous performances this season there will be some very strong chances for local success.
Some of the Poverty Bay competitors will be running 5-6 dogs during the week.
Mangaheia Station inland from Tolaga Bay will be well represented with Leo Edginton's six dogs. Guy Collins from the station has two and George Sheild three.
Centre president Colin Bayliss from Ngatapa has five, Ruie Bridge from Manutuke three, Waingake's Noddy Halley two, Henry Hindmarsh from Tolaga Bay and Waimata's Frank Mead one each.
Waihirere's Laurence Rau has two, Samantha Shaw from Matawai two, Rob O'Sullivan from Tolaga Bay one, Waimata's Merv Utting three and Jo Waugh from Wairoa also three.
There will be two other Wairoa competitors, Ned George with four dogs and Rebecca Scragg with six.
“I would think that every one of them has a good chance of making finals, and podiums,” said trials commentator Ross Buscke.
“They would not be going all that way down there if they did not think they and their dogs were up to the mark.
“I would say strong contenders for top placings would be Henry Hindmarsh after his North Island win, and George Sheild and Guy Collins.
“Merv Utting is another really strong contender after getting two dogs in the short head and yard final at the North Island trial in Masterton last month.”
The trials start on Monday and go throughout the week, leading up to the New Zealand finals next Friday and Saturday.