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The Golden Shears gets huge sponsorship boost from Bayleys

The Golden Shears, often referred to as “the Wimbledon” of shearing, received a major boost this month after leading real estate company Bayleys came on board to sponsor the Open Shearing Category.

Golden Shears president Philip Morrison said that for the first time in the event’s 58-year-history it had secured a major sponsor in the open shearing category and in addition, the prize money for the prestigious Golden Shears title had increased to $4000. Mr Morrison said having Bayleys come on board was a significant milestone in the competition’s history, and would ensure the event will continue to be run to an exceptional high standard.

“We are thrilled to have Bayleys, a leading national real estate company with a top reputation, come on board,” said Mr Morrison. “This is a very big milestone for our Golden Shears committee and will enable us to continue to deliver a world class event here in Masterton that all our competitors deserve,”

James Macpherson, Bayleys principal for East Coast, Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay said the opportunity to sponsor the iconic event, which is next being staged in Masterton from March 1st – 3rd, was an honour for his company. Mr Macpherson said the Golden Shears has enormous national and international recognition and Bayleys sees the event as something all Kiwis can relate to - whether they live in rural or urban New Zealand.

“Like real estate, shearing is intensively competitive, and you only get paid for what you do. Shearing attracts a group of hard working, determined, independent athletes who earn every cent they make … so we see this sponsorship of the Open Shearing grade as a great fit for our company, which has strong links to rural New Zealand and the land.”

“Many of our staff and our extended families are familiar with living and working in rural New Zealand and I am sure at some point in their lives have been told ‘you’re no use if you don’t carry a shearing piece!,” he said.

Mr Macpherson added that the sponsorship had allowed the prize money to be increased, most notably for the winner who will stand to pocket $4000 from the final.

“We know this is the Wimbledon of shearing and these shearers are athletes – they are competitive and they want to win that purple ribbon more than anything,” he said. “Having a Golden Shears title is the pinnacle for this sport.”

The 2018 Golden Shears gets underway in Masterton on Thursday, 1st March. Like previous years it will showcase wool handling, wool pressing and shearing, attracting the country’s top shearers. It will also feature two Trans-Tasman tests in the wool handling and shearing discplines.

The current Golden Shears champion is Rowland Smith and many are predicting his good form in recent weeks will see him defend his title.

Tickets for the 2018 Golden Shears are available on line through www.eventfinda.co.nz or via the Masterton and Martinborough i-SITE Visitors information centres. The full programme is now available online at https://www.goldenshears.co.nz while accommodation details for people wanting to stay in the Wairarapa can be found at www.wairarapanz.com.


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