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There are 60 shearing sports competitions throughout the country this season. Featuring the Golden Shears in Masterton including a 40th anniversary Transtasman test match on March 5-7, the New Zealand Championships in Te Kuiti on April 9-11, and the Elders Primary Wool test series between New Zealand and Wales. For details of individual performances in finals this season up to February 15 see here (pdf download, 126kb).

View the latest competition directory online here

The competition dates for
2014/2015 competitions
can be viewed on this pdf.

Shearing Results

World Championships 2014
results click here


Media Releases:

Sitting it out - Kirkpatrick has itchy feet at Golden Shears - March 6, 2015
Four-times Golden Shears Open shearing champion John Kirkpatrick conceded today he's getting itchy feet sitting out an injury at the 55th championships in Masterton - but it doesn't stop him lending a hand....

The Aussies have it - so say the punters - March 6, 2015
Aussie punters - more to the point those who bet on Australia - have caught the TAB on the hop in the buildup to Saturday night's transtasman shearing test in Masterton overwhelming backing the visitors to win a fourth test in a row...

TAB cuts odds on Fagan to win Golden Shears Open, on form - March 6, 2015
Betting on legendary shearer David Fagan to win one last Golden Shears Open title has seen the TAB slash his odds today just hours before he lines up with about 70 others in the iconic events heats in Masterton...

Sibling rivalry on the Golden Shears wool tables - March 5, 2015
Marton woolhandler Adrienne Samuels is wondering if she may have been teaching younger brother Jimmy just a little too much with the two heading for the ultimate in sibling rivalry on the wooltables of the Golden Shears in Masterton...

Uni graduate Higgins makes Golden Shears history - March 5, 2015
A Lincoln University graduate who took up shearing to go and see the World created a piece of shearing sports history when she won the Novice shearing final at the end of the opening day of the 55th Golden Shears in Masterton today....

This is such a dream: - Scots lassie wins at Golden Shears - March 4, 2015
Lanarksire lassie Claire Wilson thought she was just making up the numbers when she entered the novice woolhandling competition on the first day of the 55th Golden Shears in Masterton today...

Alabaster another Pre-Shears - Roll-on the Goldies - March 4, 2015
Sheree Alabaster, of Taihape, this afternoon won the Pre-Shears Woolhandling Championships Open title in a final stacked with leading hopes for the three-day 55th Golden Shears which start in Masterton tomorrow (Thursday)....

Golden Shears in Masterton: Thursday-Saturday - March 4, 2015
Hundreds of competitors are descending on Masterton for the 55th Golden Shears international shearing and woolhandling championships which start tomorrow (Thursday) and end on Saturday....

Rankings pre Golden Shears - March 4, 2015
Shearing Sports New Zealand has annual rankings that were introduced in 1994, and the top performers over the course of the season are recognised with a presentation during the New Zealand Championships each year in Te Kuiti....

Goldies woolhandling showdown: Herbert's goal - March 3, 2015
King Country woolhandler Keryn Herbert has done almost everything she ever wanted to do in woolhandling - except win the Golden Shears...

Fagan notches rare treble - Taumarunui, Apiti, Pahiatua - March 2, 2015
Te Kuiti shearing legend David Fagan wrapped up the preparation for his last Golden Shears by completing a rare pre-shears weekend treble at the Pahiatua Shears today....

More to come for Te Huia after Dubbo record: Watch this space - March 2, 2015
Shearing records king Stacey Te Huia has still more to come after setting a new nine-hour record finewool record of 530 merino ewes in nine hours near Dubbo in New South Wales on February 20....

Elders Primary Wool test match - NZ wins in Fagan's swansong - March 2, 2015
New Zealand shearing legend David Fagan bowed out of international test match shearing by starring in a comfortable win over Wales in the final Elders Primary Wool international at the remote Apiti Sports in Northern Manawatu on February 28....

Jack the lad up for crack at dad in PGG Wrightson National - March 2, 2015
Young King Country shearer Jack Fagan has gatecrashed his own dad's party by qualifying for the final rounds of one of New Zealand's top shearing events to be shorn at the 55th Golden Shears in Masterton next Saturday....
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2014/2015 Competition Directory

Download a full copy of the current competition directory in pdf form (18mb) by clicking here or
view instantly online as a flip book.

All events are listed online under North Island Competition Dates or South Island Competition Dates.

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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