Shearing shows underway
by Laurie Willetts
The shearing competition at the Ellesmere A and P Show last weekend attracted an international line-up for the third event in the South Island in a nationwide programme of about 60 shearing sports shows throughout the country in the 2018–2019 season.
Shearing competition organiser at the show at Leeston, Jason Palmer, said some of the country’s top-ranked shearers from last season and a visitor from England claimed the major prizes.
New Zealand trans-Tasman series representative Troy Pyper, of Invercargill, won the open final, claiming best time and board quality points for a comfortable victory by a 3.35pts margin over runner-up Ant Frew, of Pleasant Point. Pyper had shorn the 12 sheep in 12min 22sec and beat Frew to the finish by half-a-minute.
Gore shearer Lionel Taumata, the number three-ranked Senior shearer in New Zealand last summer, scored his eighth win in the grade and second in a week, while Brayden Clifford, also of Gore and number three-ranked Junior last season celebrated his step-up with victory in the Intermediate final in which just 1.05pts separated the four shearers.
Henry Mayo, of Dorset, England, also made it two in a row by winning the Junior final by 0.45pts from runner-up and Lincoln student Cody Mackinder, from Matiere, in the North Island.