Henare Bags 136th Win In Open Woolhandling
Champion woolhandler Joel Henare won the New Zealand Corriedales Open woolhandling championship for a 7th time, and a 3rd time in a row, on the first day of the annual Corriedales shearing and woolhandling competitions in Christchurch yesterday.
It was the 136th win of his Open-class career, which started in 2006, and he first won the Canterbury title in 2013.
Charlotte Stuart, of Omarama, won the Senior final, going one better than her second placing last year, and the Brittany Smith, of Christchurch, won the Junior final.
The women’s shearing event was won by Intermediate shearer Emma Martin, from Wyndham. She was also 4th in the Senior woolhandling.
The woolhandling classes attracted 26 entries, with 13 in the Open, 5 in Senior and 8 in Junior, while there were 4 entries in the women’s shearing.
The championships continue today featuring the Open, Senior, Intermediate and Junior shearing. The Open shearing is the third round of the PGG Wrightson/Vetmed National Shearing Circuit.
Results from the first day of the Canterbury Shears and New Zealand Corriedale Shearing and Woolhandling Championships at the New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch on Thursday, November 16, 2023:
Women (3 sheep): Emma Martin (Wyndham) 7min 44sec, 29.53pts, 1; Alice Watson (Seddon) 7min 35sec, 40.75pts, 2; Lydia Thomson (Rangiora) 9min 23sec, 43.48pts, 3; Trace Patton (Timaru) 8min 41sec, 68.38pts, 4.
Open final: Joel Henare (Gisborne/Motueka) 91.95pts, 1; Amy Ferguson (Alexandra) 107.19pts, 2; Cheri Peterson (Milton) 149.664pts, 3; Ratapu Moore (Seddon) 4.
Senior final: Charlotte Stuart (Omarama) 108.78pts, 1; Saskia Tuhakaraina (Gore) 138.9pts, 2; Lucy Gee Taylor (Rangiwahia) 186.794pts, 3; Emma Martin (Wyndham) 4.
Junior final: Brittany Smith (Christchurch) 107.29pts, 1; Tess Kelly (Methven) 152.59pts, 2; Tessa Kirdy (Ashburton) 163.53pts, 3; Christie Burn (Dannevirke) 4.