Father and son wins at the Royal Welsh show have added another chapter to the Fagan shearing legend:
The New Zealand shearing legend David Fagan and his son Jack have scored a remarkable double on one of the biggest shearing stages in the world by winning the open and senior finals at the Royal Welsh Show.
Earlier this year Jeanette Maxwell of Federated Farmers called for shearing to be introduced to the Olympics.
Sir Brian Lochore seconded that:
Sir Brian, a Wairarapa farmer who contested in the first ever Golden Shears in Masterton in 1961, gave an almost “hero” status to today’s modern day international shearing guns in his speech at last night’s (Thursday March 1) Golden Shears World Championship dinner.
“Those competitors who are part of Golden Shears and now the World Championships are part of the World Cup of Shearing. Lets compare it to rugby. When New Zealand hosted the World Cup of rugby, we had the best players – the best prepared. Here in Masterton right now we have those same best players and the best prepared.”
Sir Brian said Golden Shears and the competitors who took part had champion quality.
“I absolutely support that shearing is no longer just a job. I do think that one day you will get it in the Olympics.”
Shearing is one of the most physically demanding occupations, it’s also a sport and those who take part are just as much athletes as those who compete in sports which are already included in the Olympics.
Babe, the sheep herding pig became famous in the film based on the book by Dick King Smith.
Now she’s got a real life rival – Sue, a kune kune pig named after the hero in the Johnny Cash song A Boy Named Sue.
. . . he can shake hands by presenting his trotter on command, run through tunnels, navigate around cones, climb ramps and even complete a figure of eight.
Owner Wendy Scudamore believes her talented porker could not only beat canine competitors in an agility contest, but even turn out to be a real-life Babe and learn how to herd sheep just like the pig in the hit movie.
The Herefordshire pig started copying dogs when he worked out they were rewarded with treats when being trained.
Wendy plans to enter Sue in the agility event at the Royal Welsh Show but even if he’s a prize winner he won’t be able to sire a dynasty of sheep herding pigs. An unfortunate mix up at the vets led to his castration.
HAT TIP: Farmgirl
Ah well, we didn’t win the rugby in Sydney, but our shearers had a 3-0 whitewash in a test series in Wales.
The team, comprising Golden Shears and New Zealand championships winner and runner-up John Kirkpatrick, of Napier, and Paul Avery, of Toko, near Stratford, won the final test by just a point in a close and exciting 20-sheep duel at the Corwen Shears, in north Wales at the weekend.
They had scored a 10-point win the opening test at Lampeter the previous weekend, and a one-point win in the second test at the Royal Welsh Show on Thursday.
Avery, who won both the Golden Shears and New Zealand titles in 2007 before bowing to Kirkpatrick in this year’s event, completed a remarkable series of individual wins on tour by claiming the Corwen Shears open title, with Kirkpatrick second and King Country icon David Fagan third.
Shearing is often overlooked as a sport, but there is no doubting the fitness and skill of the competitors nor the excitement of a close match. Although I didn’t really appreciate this until I read the commentary of a Golden Shears final in Witi Ihimaera’s novel, Bulibasha.