‘Did you bring this dirty stuff with you?”
The inquiry was from a sodden dog triallist on the opening morning of the 99th Geraldine Collie Club dog trial on the Reid Family Trust farm in the Waihi Gorge, near Geraldine.
The rain slanted in from the south, and low fog hampered the start of the long head.
But the rain did not stop the short head and yard event getting under way.
Triallists had 14 minutes in which to bring sheep down and yard them.
It was not easy.
Fairlie triallist Steve Kerr, with Mac, said he started well but did not finish well.
The marshall for the class 2 event was Donald Reith.
He, like the competitors, was cloaked in heavy-duty wet-weather gear.
His job, if the sheep weren’t yarded, was to get them away.
He brought a quad bike with him to help.
Prize-money ranged from $80 for an open win to $10.