[1 October/The Country]

There were two dream wins for the south at the recent New Zealand Merino Championships in Alexandra. A female from the Alexandra area, Pagan Karauria, won the open woolhandling title for the third time in for years. She was also awarded with her Master Woolhandler award during the same weekend. Invercargill shearer, Nathan Stratford, also won the open shearing final for a fourth time. Ms Karauria had won the woolhandling final previously in 2015 and 2016, and Mr Stratford had shorn in the finals fifteen times, winning in 2008, 2009 and 2016. He finished almost two sheep behind the defending champion, however produced better quality points. The Murray McSkimming Memorial trophy was awarded to Dion Morrell, who is Ms Karauria’s father.