Napier shearer, woolhandler and presser Ricci Stevens grabbed some consolation for the Kirkpatrick family shearing enterprise’s Golden Shears Day 2 disappointments when he won the Triathlon, the best combined points in all three disciplines in the shearing sports.
There’s been a boilover at the Golden Shears in Masterton tonight with new World Champion shearer John Kirkpatrick failing to reach the glamour Golden Shears Open final for only the second time in 20 years.
He’s 68 and, some would say, should be thinking of retiring.
But that’s not the way for the oldest person in the Golden Shears Open shearing championship elder statesman and Carterton shearer Richard Pearson.
Gisborne woolhandler Aromia Ngarangione only wanted to pay off the student loan.
But the EIT graduate’s return to fulltime work in woolsheds, after three years studying contemporary art, had an even better reward when she won the Golden Shears Novice woolhandling title in Masterton today.
Farm shepherd Mark Baxter had a handy sort of role model to get him on the way in father and former YFC national Young Farmer of the Year Shaun.
It was family all the way as Team Hicks from Marton and Team Wolland from Pahiatua shaped-up in one heat of the Pairs Woolpressing competition on the first day of the 57th Golden Shears in Masterton today.
Hawke’s Bay shearer Rowland Smith has been rated such a hot favourite to successfully defend the Golden Shears Open title that the TAB has also opened a pool excluding him from the options.
Image: Rowland Smith
Shearing legend Sir David Fagan tomorrow(Thursday) heads to Masterton’s Golden Shears for a 42nd year in a row as keen as ever about the big event, despite industry and sports concerns about a drop in the number of entries.
One of the many tireless workers and competitors during the World shearing and woolhandling championship in Invercargill earlier this month has been rewarded with a big win on the eve of the 57th Golden Shears.
Scoring systems in shearing, woolhandling and pressing competitions are based on combinations of time, job and quality penalties. The lowest score wins.
In shearing time is calculated at a point for every 20 seconds, and job and quality points an average per sheep shorn, based on performance penalties recorded by judges on the board as the sheep are shorn, and quality penalties by judges in the pens after each the sheep have been shorn.
In woolhandling the time penalty is a point for every five seconds, and pressing it is a point for every 10 seconds, with judges, as they do in the shearing, noting penalties for faults or omissions which could detract from the value of the wool at sale.
While results at many shows are still calculated with pen, counter and calculator in hand, there are two electronic scoring systems for shearing.
Golden Shears is one of nine shows using the North Island system, operated by Lance Waddell, and 11 shows benefit from the duplicate South Island system, operated by John Lawton. Mr Waddell and assistant Marie Clarke took the North Island system to Australia for the World Championships in Toowoomba in 2005.
During all shearing heats at Golden Shears, the public see each shearer' s time and board points amassed as the sheep are being shorn, the board points sent to the system by remote hand-held counters. When the numbers on the display above each stand change from black to red moments after the last sheep is dispatched, it s the total score, including pen points.
In finals, pen points are withheld from the display in finals to maintain an element of suspense in prizegiving ceremonies.