Title success whets appetite for dog trials
He can lay claim to being one of New Zealand's top huntaway dogs.
And he has the trophy to prove it. But, 4-year old huntaway Cash has no interest in being a celebrity - he would much rather be chasing sheep in the Leithen Valley, near Waikaka.
Cash and his owner Terry Bould won the zig-zag hunt title at the 2014 New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Championships at Waihi Station, near Geraldine, in late May.
Bould said he was stoked to win his first major dog trialling competition. "It was a pretty big thing," he said.
In one of the largest turnouts of huntaways at a New Zealand final, Bould and Cash competed against close to 300 huntaways and their owners in both the zig-zag hunt and straight hunt.
Bould and Cash featured on the leader board early in the week after a good run in the zig-zag hunt where drysdale sheep were used.
"I was nervous wondering how long I would stay on the board."
Their second placing in the South Island championships qualified them for the New Zealand run-off and after another good run their combined scores put them at 194.5 points and they were awarded first place.
Bould and his wife, Bee, help run a 1800-hectare sheep, beef and deer farm for Bee's parents, Alan and Sue Stewart, in the Leithen Valley.
Bould said Cash, who he described as the "pick of the litter", was his main huntaway.
"He [Cash] is pretty easy going and always keen to work."
Bould's interest in dog trialling started at age 18 when he helped liberate at a dog trial competition and a year later he was running his own dog, Cash's mum, Fay.
"I didn't have a lot of success but I soon became hooked on the sport."
Bould, who is a member of the Greenvale Dog Trial Club, said he had received a lot of help training his dogs from fellow triallists Ron Stevenson and Bill Lott.
"You get to meet a lot of great people."
Bould said he was particularly looking forward to the South Island Championships, which would be held on the Stewart's Leithen Valley property in May next year.
The Southland Times