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OFFICIALS. , Patrons, Hon W. Montgomery and! Hon. R Heaton Rhodes; President, J. F. Buchanan, Esq; Hon. Life Member, J. M. Murray, Esq ; Timekeeper, Mr J. Parkinson , Flag Stewards, Messrs J McQueen and F. Williams ; Committee, Messrs T. Thompson, J. McQueen, F. Williams, F. Hill, S. LeComte, J. Chapman, jum, J. W. Clarke, H. Hutchinson, T. Brankin, M. Barclay; Chairman, Mr H. Chapman ; Hon, Secretary and Treasurer, Mr S. Birdling, Judge, G L. Rutherford, Esq.

The Banks Peninsula Collie Dog Club held their annual trials at Little Rjver on May 18th and 19th. The weather conditions were, not too good, it being overcast and showery on both days, making it cold and wet underfoot, and also interfering somewhat with the working of the dogs. Owing to the weather the start on both days was late, in consefiuence, of which the programme was not able to be completed in two days, some half-dozen competitors having to come back on the Wednesday. At times the trials were brought to a temporary standstill through the mists descending so low as to obscure the course.

The working of the dogß under the conditions was fair, though local competitors had not their dogs under control too well, one dog disdaining to come home with only three sheep, mustered the paddock, and started to bring in about thirty, which, while all right for mustering purposes, was no good for a trial, and caused some merriment among the spectators. The entries were about equal with those ot last year there being 48 in the Heading Classes and 23 in the Huntaway.

Mr G. L. Rutherford acted in the capacity of judge, while Mr J. Parkinson was timekeeper, the president (Mr J, F, Buchanan), being present on both days, iln the' District Headings Glass. Mr J. W'Clarke's Dream was but on its own, doing some very good work .and being well under command/ He atso won Messrs Graham, Wilson- and Smellie's special prize for the best Btyle at the ring, though Mr S. Barclay's Dodger secured the N.Z. Loan and Mercantile's Bpeciai for dog making the best head. Mr J, W Clarke's Dream also won the first prize in the Farmers' Class, Mr T. White's Mick being 2nd, and Mr T. Brankin's Sweep 3rd*.

In the open buntaway class there were only two competitors to complete the course —Mr J. Purdue's Tip and Mr J. W. Clarke's Gael—both of which did very good work' Mr Purdne's Tip, however, had the best style, and was accordingly awarded a point more, making him the winner. Mr X. Skipper's Rock did very good work, but unfortunately one of the sheep laid down just before the completion of the course, whioh landed him into third place.

Mr J. W. Clarke also carried off the N.Z. Farmers' Co-op. special of £1 Is for competitor securing tbe most points. In class 3 (open), heading, bringing back, holding in ring and yarding there was only one competitor to complete the course—Mr A. Houliston's Clyde—who yarded bis sheep well, completing the course with two and three-quarter minutes to spare, Mr J. Pollock's Bob, Chanoe and Spark, and Mr J. Pollock's Tip and J. Purdue's Lochiel Don all brought their sheep up to the yard, and did some very pretty work, being well under command, with the exception of the latter, who was a bit wild and worked wide.

Mr A, Houliston was the winner of the Hon. R. H.Rhodes's Cup, while Mr J. Pollook, with 101 points, was the winner of the Hon. W. Montgomery's special for com* petitor scoring most points in classes 2 and 3 Messrs R. Pollock and J Purdue tied, with 69 points each, for Messrs Dalgety & Co.'s special to competitor being the runner up of most points in classes 2 and 3. '

I Following are the results: 3 CLASS I (DISTRICT). - HEADING, ) BRINGING BACK, AND HOLDING I IN RING, 300 yds. 1 I. J. W. Clarke's Dream 9,8,6, 4 27 points » 2. T, White's Mick 6,6 6,3 21 „ 3. S. LeComte's Mao 5.6.6.,2 19 „ 4; T. Brankin's Sweep 5.6,5,2 18 „ , CLASS '2 (OPEN) -HUNTAWAY WITH SLEW, 400 yds. 1 . J Purdue's Tip. 5,9,7,6 27 points 2 . J. W Clarke's, Gael 5.9;7,5 26 . „ 3 . T. Skipper's Rock 4,8.7 5 24 „ 4. R, Pollock's Clyde 4,7,6,4 21 „ CLASS 3 (OPEN)-HEADING. BRINGING BACK. HOLDING IN RING, AND YARDING, 300yd8. 1. A. Houliston's Clyde .. 38 points 2. J. Pollock's Sharp .. .. 33 „ 3. X Pollock's Tin '.. .. 32 „ 4 J. Pollock's Bob .. .. 31 „ In the evening the Dog Club gave a dano e in the Town Hall, there being about sixty couples present, the wet weather deterring n I good many from being present. A very pleas ant evening was spent the music being supplied by Wells's Band. Mr Steve LeComte I made an efficient M.C. I

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BANKS PENINSULA COLLIE CLUB., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4398, 22 May 1914

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BANKS PENINSULA COLLIE CLUB. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4398, 22 May 1914

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