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Shearing Sports New Zealand congratulates our own Rowland Smith for winning the shearing title at the World championships in Ireland, and the rest of the team of John Kirkpatrick, Ronnie Goss, Joel Henare, Tony Dobbs and Brian Thomson, who were all among the prize money. Coming up soon is the Elders Primary Wool UK tour. Full details on this web site, and follow us on facebook.

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2014/2015 competitions
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BREAKING NEWS



Media Releases:



Pagan's big day in Christchurch - November 15, 2014
Persistence and determination paid-off for woolhandler Pagan Rimene when she won her second New Zealand Corriedale Championships open title at the Canterbury Show in Christchurch on Thursday (November 13)...

Great Scott! Irish star grabs Kiwi shears title - November 15, 2014
World record lambshearer Ivan Scott scored his biggest competition win outside the UK and home-country Ireland in what was otherwise little more than a stopover at the Canterbury Show's New Zealand Corriedale Championships in Christchurch...

Buick and Thomson added to NZ shearing and woolhandling team - November 14, 2014
Wairarapa shearer David Buick and Christchurch blade shearer Brian Thomson have been added to the New Zealand shearing and woolhandling team to compete in a transtasman test in Australia next weekend...

Veteran Fagan makes a point at Pleasant Point - November 09, 2014
Shearing icon David Fagan again proved the other side of 50 is no bar to still knocking off the odd victory every now and then by winning his 629th open title, at the Pleasant Point Gymkhana(November 8)...

Three in a row for Buick ahead of Canterbury Show - November 09, 2014
Pongaroa farmer David Buick won his third open shearing final in a fortnight with victory in the Manawatu Show Shears on Saturday (November 8) at Manfeild, Feilding...

Nott cements Top of the South treble at Marlborough show - November 08, 2014
Marlborough concrete contractor and now part-time shearer Tony Nott cemented a Top of the South Treble with a win in the annual circuit's final in in Blenheim on Saturday...

Dobbs clear-cut winner in blades shears - November 03, 2014
Fairlie farmer Tony Dobbs' commitment to the ancient craft he says he would hate to see lost has been rewarded again with a win in the blade shearing event at the Ashburton A and P Show...

Buick retains Wairarapa Spring Shears title - November 02, 2014
Pongaroa farmer David Buick returned from his Australian crossbred shearing title victory to retain the Wairarapa Spring Shears open title on Saturday...

The open champs at Hawke's Bay Show - October 28, 2014
Former World champions Cam Ferguson and Joel Henare have retained the Great Raihania Shears open shearing and woolhandling titles respectively at the Hawke's Bay Show in Hastings...

Big win for farmer Buick in Aussie shears - October 27, 2014
Wairarapa farmer David Buick scored the biggest win of his shearing career on Saturday in Australia's top crossbred shearing event, the Romney Shears Open at Warrnambool, Vic...

Four in a row for Coster at Rangiora - October 25, 2014
Newly-acclaimed Master Shearer Tony Coster won the Northern A and P Show Shears open final for a fourth year in a row at Rangiora on Saturday (October 25)...

King rules again at Poverty Bay Show - October 19, 2014
World record holder and former Golden Shears champion shearer Dion King showed he still has the winning touch when he claimed his fifth Poverty Bay A and P Shears Open title in Gisborne yesterday...

Henare makes it three-in-a-row at Gisborne - October 19, 2014
New Master Woolhandler Joel Henare continued an unbeaten start to the new shearing sports season with a triumphant homecoming in Gisborne yesterday, thanks to an aunt who shouted the air fare, and a friend who put him up for the night...

Young guns get their moment at Ellesmere Show - October 19, 2014
Inclusion in the North Canterbury Development Circuit helped boost entries in the lower grades at the Ellesmere A and P Show Shears at Leeston on Saturday...

Lightning Ferguson claims Waimate win No 3 - October 12, 2014
Former World and Golden Shears champion Cam Ferguson put in one of the fastest times in the 47 years of the Waimate Shears open title to successfully defend the New Zealand Spring Shears open title and claim the honours for a third time on Saturday (Oct 11)...

Wool champ Henare scores Waimate title at last - October 12, 2014
Young Gisborne dad Joel Henare continued his triumphant rebound from the disappointment of an unsuccessful World title defence earlier this year when he won the New Zealand Spring Shears open woolhandling final in Waimate yesterday (Oct 11)...

Top blades shearers confirmed for Waimate test - October 09, 2014
A rematch of two of the World's top blade shearing teams is set for the Waimate Shears on Saturday with confirmation both New Zealand and Australia will be the same sides that finished second and third in this year's World Championships...

Where have all the trophies gone? - October 06, 2014
The absence of an important trophy from the presentations at the New Zealand Merino Championships in Alexandra on Saturday highlights a long-standing issue which over the years has taken some of the shine off winning titles throughout the country...
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2013/2014 Competition Directory


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New Zealand wool is recognised internationally for its quality and consistency as a result of the partnership between sheep farmers, wool harvesters and processors. The skills of shearers, wool handlers and pressers maximise the value of the wool grown throughout the country and help maintain New Zealand's proud tradition as a producer of the world's finest wools.

Shearing Sports New Zealand - our role...

  • Manage the delivery of over 60 shearing, wool handling and pressing competitions throughout New Zealand annually

  • Establish, promote and measure national quality standards in all wool harvesting disciplines at all competitions

  • Profile and promote New Zealand wools and wool products at all national and international competitions

  • Promote professionalism among all people working in our industry by setting and maintaining standards at all events

  • Support professional development and training through partnerships with the Agriculture Industry Training Organisation and Tectra to ensure that people in the industry work to high and consistent standards

  • Work alongside New Zealand farmers and shearing contractors to ensure the quality of our wool is maintained and improved through the harvesting process

  • Showcase the opportunities our industry presents young people as a career, and provide them support and mentoring through training and competition

Shearing Sports New Zealand - Life Members...



  • Robin Kidd

  • Hugh McCarroll MNZM

  • John Fagan MBE





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