Last weekend was the long weekend and there was two important rural events on in the North & the South.
Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand president Geoff Smith, was impressed with last weekend's Hawke's Bay Royal Agricultural & Pastoral Show attempts to involve more younger people.
2017 RAS Young Judges winners included Emma Pollitt, winner of the Beef Judging, Brooke Flett, winner of the Dairy Judging, Courtney Davies, winner of the Fleece Judging & Scott Mualtsaid, winner of the Sheep Judging.
In the South, the first of the 2017/2018 season of New Zealand rodeos kicked off at Winchester & Methven.
Winchester saw Opens winner include Bareback, Ross Dowling, Rope Tie, Patrick McCarthy, Barrel Race Steph Gray & Bull Ride, Corey Johnson.
Methven saw the stock contractors win with no winners in the Bull Ride all bucked off in under 8 secs, Adam Williams took out the Bareback, Corey Church Rope & Tie & Jenny Aitkson the Methven Barrel Race winner.
About a dozen of New Zealand’s top shearers and wool handlers have been competing in Australia over the weekend, leaving plenty of pickings for a range of loyal competitors at home who’ve otherwise often had to feed off the scraps.
Among those crossing the Tasman were the seven members of the official Shearing Sports New Zealand team taking part in machine and blades shearing and woolhandling tests against Australia at the Australian National Championships in Bendigo.
This year’s Hunterville Huntaway Festival has seen a new Shemozzle winner crowned In its 20 year anniversary, it drew in 200 children and 200 teenagers for the younger races.
But it was Shepherd Angus McKelvie who took out the big win, with his trusty huntaway next to his side the whole way.
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