Graham Northcott at the Taranaki Indoor Sheepdog trials 2018
July saw Hawera play host to the 10th annual Taranaki Indoor Sheepdog trials, with the event running across three days from Friday through until Sunday.
113 people took part with a record 236 dogs competing, herding sheep through eight obstacles in the indoor sand arena at the Egmont A&P Showground. Each competitor was given roughly 10 minutes to drive three sheep smoothly around the obstacles, with points lost if they broke free or stopped.
Of the competitors, 25 women competed which is said to be a good number of female entries in what is traditionally a male-dominated sport.
Todd Energy’s Louise Hamerton was lucky enough to attend on the day and to meet veteran trialist Graham Northcott, along with his 14-year-old heading-dog Dick. The weekend was Dick’s last event as he was retired over the weekend following a lifetime of farm work and winning many trials by Graham’s side.
Profits from the event are donated in alternate years to the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust and Hawera St John. This year a cheque for $3,000 was presented to the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust.
Todd Energy was pleased to support this community event for the first time, contributing towards its continued success in 2018.
“It is great to see the event proceeds being shared with critical community response services, and this year going to the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter,” says Community Partnerships and Public Affairs Manager, Hamish McHaffie.
Profits from the event were presented to the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust. From left, Mighty Mix Taranaki distributor Jan Wilson, Taranaki Indoor Sheep Dog Club president Ian Smith, Taranaki Rescue Helicopter crewman Sarah Sharp, Tasman Toyota customer relationship manager Vanessa Sumpter, Scott Morpeth from Whanganui Farm Supplies, representing Wanganui Vets.