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Media Releases - Winter 2013

Shearing great Ricky Pivac dies in bike crash - September, 2013

One of New Zealand's great shearers of the 1970s and 1980s has died in a motorbike crash in West Australia.

Ricky Pivac, who was 63 when he died in the crash north of Perth mid-morning on September 10, was from the Far North, but based in Carterton for much of his competitive shearing years was hailed as Wairarapa's big hope for a home-region win in the Golden Shears Open in Masterton.

Despite shearing 6 of the finals, from fifth on Tom Brough's big night in 1976 to third in Colin King's second win 11 years later, he was unable to score the big one, his best result being second in 1983, beaten by less than half-a-point by King Country shearer Alan Donaldson. He was also third in David Fagan's first Golden Shears champion moment in 1986.

He did, however, in 1987 win Caltex National McSkimming Memorial Triple Crown, in the 5th of his 6 finals in New Zealand's top mixed-wools event.

He also represented New Zealand in two tests against Australia in 1984, the start of a 5-test series abandoned at 1-1 because of violent disputes which flared in the Australian shearing industry that year. His performances, including being part of a World Record tally in a woolshed, led to him being recognised as a Master Shearer. He had worked in Australia for many years and was understood to have recently resumed truck driving, the career which he left behind at a young age to go shearing...

According to Australia reports he died when his Harley Davidson drifted onto gravel on a steep decline and crashed while he was travelling with another motorcyclist from Geraldton to Mingenew.

Born Johan Frederick Pivac (referred to as Johan Ricardo Pivac in Australian reports), he was one of a family of 5 brothers and 5 sisters growing up in the Far North, where his body is expected to arrive on Friday for a tangi and final service on Saturday (September 21) at Kareponia Marae, near Awanui.

The amazing Fagan shear King of Wales - July 28, 2013

New Zealand shearing icon David Fagan has astounded the shearing World again with a stunning double triumph at the Corwen Shears in Wales.

Now 51 and a near annual competitor in the UK throughout his Open-class career of almost 32 years, Fagan had been called-in to replace injured New Zealand team member Tony Coster in the last test of the 2013 Elders Primary Wools UK Tour, and dominated the face-saving match and the Corwen Shears Open final on Saturday.

Twice honoured in New Zealand New Year and Queen's Birthday honours and nudging the great rugby star Sir Colin Meads for the honour of being Te Kuiti's favourite son, he was first to finish each of the 20-sheep events, the points for his times of 11min 52sec and 11min 30sec respectively being enough to hold-off the challenges from the Welsh hopes in the judging on the board and in the pens.

In the test, he and teammate Rowland Smith, who posted the best quality points, beat the Welsh team of Gareth Daniel and Richard Jones by 1.7pts, while Fagan finished the Open final with a 0.65pts winning margin over runner-up Jones, with Daniel 3rd. It was Fagan's 15th Corwen win, having taken the title previously in 1989, 1991, 1993-94, 1996-2000, 2003-2005, 2007 and 2010.

The test win meant the Kiwis avoided a Welsh whitewash, being beaten 3-1 in a series which started at Cothi last weekend. With a loss to Scotland, two wins over England and a victory over Ulster it gave New Zealand a 4-4 result for the eight-test tour.

Manager's wife Jo Te Huia, also of Te Kuiti, commented: "What an amazing atmosphere to be in. David just blew everyone off the board in the Test and in the Open final. It was like watching him 10 years ago shearing on stage and totally in command. It was truly fantastic to watch."

In another Kiwi triumph at Corwen, Fagan's son, first-season Open-class shearer Jack, teamed with fellow King Country shearer Mark Grainger and Smith's brother, Matthew, to beat teams from Wales, Ireland and France in an international relay, while the haka, a command-performance for any New Zealanders at shearing competitions in the UK, was reportedly an even greater highlight than the main events.

Win or lose, both teams are all smiles in the post-test
euphoria at the Corwen Shears

And the winner is...David Fagan, the shearer,
and Huw Condron, commentator and best suit.

They say in Wales, where there's a crowd,
it must be a shearing competition.

The Kiwi boys are in town - Aaron Haynes
leading the crew in the Corwen haka.

The winning New Zealand Ivitation relay team at Corwen, from left Mark Grainger, Matthew Smith and Jack Fagan.

Welsh triumphant in historic win over NZ shearers - July 26, 2013

New Zealand has lost a shearing test series in Wales for the first time in a decade of annual tours in the Northern Hemisphere.

The latest defeat came at this week's Royal Welsh Show, taking Wales to a 3-0 lead and hoping to complete a series whitewash in the final test of the Elders Primary Wool 2013 UK Tour at this weekend's Corwen Shears.

Golden Shears and New Zealand champion Rowland Smith was first to finish the test, shearing 20 lambs in 11min 58sec and beating next-man-off and Welsh champion Gareth Daniel by 26 seconds.

But the result was decided by the judges, particularly the board and pen of second Welsh shearer Richard Jones whose 10pts for quality was almost 3pts better than either Smith or teammate Tony Coster.

The Welsh had won the first two tests in the series at Cothi and Lampeter last Friday and Saturday, and the Kiwis will now be aiming to salvage a 50-50 record for their tour, which they opened with a loss in a single test against Scotland, before winning two tests against England and one against Ulster.

The Welshmen also showed their capabilities in the Royal Welsh Show All Nations Open final, won by Daniel, with Jones the runner-up. Rowland Smith failed to reach the six-man final, but brother Matthew did, and finished fifth, while Coster was sixth.


International: (20 sheep): Wales 97.18pts (Richard Jones 12min 30sec, 47.5pts; Gareth Daniel 12min 10sec, 49pts) beat New Zealand 99.78pts (Rowland Smith 11min 58sec, 48.85pts; Tony Coster 12min 23xsec, 50.25pts). Wales lead the four-test series 3-0..

Royal Welsh All Nations Open Final (20 sheep): Gareth Daniel (Machynlleth, Wales) 12min 24sec, 50.35pts, 1; Richard Jones (Glyndyfrdwy, Wales)13min 5sec, 50.72pts, 2; Gareth Lloyd Evans(Bylchau, Wales) 12min 24sec, 51.45pts, 3; Ian Jones (Llandrindod, Wales) 12min 57sec, 51.7pts, 4; Matthew Smith (Ruawai and Hastings, NZ) 12min 37sec, 52.6pts, 5; Tony Coster (Rakaia, NZ) 13min 53sec, 54.3pts, 6.

Kiwi shearers face the odds in Wales - July 22, 2013

New Zealand shearers Rowland Smith and Tony Coster are faced with bouncing back from two losses to Wales as they try to square the ledger at the end of the 2013 Elders Primary Wool UK tour this week.

With a loss to Scotland followed by two wins against England and one over Ulster, the pair succumbed to the Wales team of Gareth Daniel and Richard Jones at the Cothi Shears on Friday and the Lampeter Shears on Saturday, revenge for a whitewash suffered byWelshmen Jones and teammate Gareth Evans in New Zealand last summer.

For the Welsh, their four-test series opener at Cothi was particularly popular, its lambs having been dominated by New Zealand teams in three successive tests in 2010, 2011, and 2012. On Friday, the Welsh won by 5pts, although there was a close battle for individual honours in which Jones edged out Smith.

It was much closer at Lampeter, Smith just taking the individual honours, and just 1.45pts separating the four shearers in the event, before Wales claimed victory by just 1.15pts. Smith won the Cothi Shears Open final, in which non-team tourer, veteran Kiwi and multiple World, Golden Shears and New Zealand champion David Fagan was third. He had been first to finish, just beating Daniel and Smith in shearing the 20 lambs in 12min 32.8sec, but Daniel sealed his victory with the best quality points.

Smith had to settle for second place in the Lampeter Shears Open final, Daniel restoring some Welsh pride to the event which had also been won by New Zealanders in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The tour, with the Kiwis holding a 3-3 record from six tests and Wales up 2-0 in their series, ends with tests at the Royal Welsh Show midweek and the Corwen Shears at the weekend.

Kiwi shearers pick-up more wins at Rickamore - July 14, 2013

New Zealand shearers Rowland Smith and Tony Coster have made it three-in-a-row on the 2013 Elders Primary Wool UK Tour with a comfortable win over Ulster at the Rickamore Shears in Ireland.

With each shearer scoring better than both Ulster shearers Ivan Scott and Ian Montgomery in the test at Walter Hoy's Farm, Templepatrick, the Kiwi pair won by almost 12 points.

The pair had opened their tour a fortnight earlier with a loss to Scotland, but quickly bounced back with two wins overs England and today's triumph, leading into the final stages of the tour, a four-test series against Wales.

Smith also scored his second Open title of the tour as Kiwis filled four of the five positions in the Rickamore Shears championships final, and continued a string of New Zealand successes in the eventy.

Stars of a near all-New Zealand Rickamore Shears Open final, line up with the sponsor's representative
Stars of a near all-New Zealand Rickamore Shears Open final,
line up with the sponsor's representative

David Fagan, winner two years ago, was runner-up, Coster was fourth, and Smith's brother, Doug, was fifth. Third was Scott, the World eight-hour lambshearing record holder who is based mainly in New Zealand.

Fagan and son Jack, having made their first Open final together last week at the Great Yorkshire show, headed a Kiwi cleansweep of the major money at the Rickamore speedshear, the mastery of the 51-year-old pater still on show as he won by almost 3 seconds.


International: New Zealand 88.54pts (Rowland Smith 42.73pts, Tony Coster 45.81pts) beat Ulster 100.22pts (Ivan Scott 46.81pts, Ian Montgomery 53.41pts). Remaining tests: Friday, Cothi Shears, Wales; Saturday, Lampeter Shears, Wales; July 22-25, Royal Welsh Show; July 26-27, Corwen Shears, Wales..

Open final: Rowland Smith 48.4pts, 1; David Fagan 49.75pts, 2; Ivan Scott 50.05pts, 3; Tony Coster 51.75pts, 4; Doug Smith 56pts, 5.

Speedshear: David Fagan 18.57sec, 1; Jack Fagan 21.54sec, 2; Matt Smith 22.5sec, 3.

Father and son Fagans in shears final for first time - July 12, 2013

One of England's biggest agricultural events has again featured in a Fagan shearing family dream come true with father and son David and Jack Fagan both reaching the Open final at the Great Yorkshire Show.

It was at the show three years ago that multiple World, Golden Shears and New Zealand champion David Fagan won his 600th title in three decades of Open-class shearing.

On Wednesday, father and son finished second and fourth in Jack Fagan's first Open-class final since graduating from the Senior class at the end of the New Zealand season in April. The pair had had same-day wins in their respective Open and Senior classes in both England and New Zealand during Jack Fagan's two seasons as a Senior shearer.

Jack Fagan, 21, said: "It was awesome to make the final in such a tough field. It was neat that dad and I got to shear in a final, together, side by side. Thoroughly looking foward to the next one!"

The final was won by Welsh shearer Gareth Daniel, a rare UK win in the event with David Fagan having won the title 10 times, including four since 2005, and New Zealand team member Rowland Smith having won in 2011. It wasn't held last year when one of the wettest UK winters on record forced the cancellation of the last two days of the Show.

Hawke's Bay and Cornwall based Northland shearer Matt Smith was third, but brother Rowland failed to come close to emulating his 2011 success when he and fellow New Zealand team member, Tony Coster, from Mid-Canterbury, were eliminated in the heats.

But the two team members compensated by completing a 2-0 Elders Primary Wool Tour test-series win over England in the other big shearing feature of the show.

It was close, with the pair beating English shearers Adam Berry and Antony Rooke by just a tenth of a point. Smith recorded the fastest time in the 20-sheep international, beating Berry off the board by 9 seconds, and also had comfortably the best pen quality points.

Followed by the Fagans and a small number of other New Zealand shearers working and competing in England, Rowland Smith and Coster now head for a test against Ireland at the Rickamore Shears in Ireland on Saturday, before a four-test series against Wales.


International (20 sheep): New Zealand 117.85pts (Rowland Smith 15min 10sec, 55.45pts; Tony Coster 16min 17sec, 62.4pts) beat England 117.95pts (Adam Berry 15min 19sec, 57.7pts; Antony Rooke 15min 41sec, 60.25pts. New Zealand win test series 2-0.

Open final: Gareth Daniel (Wales) 1, David Fagan (Te Kuiti, New Zealand) 2, Matt Smith (Ruawai and Hastings, NZ) 3, Jack Fagan (Te Kuiti, NZ) 4, Adam Berry (Cumbria, England) 5, Richard Jones (Llangollen, Wales) 6.

Smith and Coster bounce back at Lakeland Shears - July 7, 2013

New Zealand shearers have again mastered the best of the Northern Hemisphere by winning a test and the major individual title in the second competition of their 2013 Elders Primary Wool UK Tour.

Shearing in the only herdwick breed competition in the World at the Lakelands Shears in Cockermouth, Cumbria, Rowland Smith and Tony Coster beat the England team of Cumbrian shearers Adam Berry and Mark Fox by 3.65pts.

Smith also won the Lakelands Open final, denying yet another win in the event for New Zealand icon and defending champion David Fagan, who had to settle for second place, while Coster, was fourth in his first final in the UK.

Berry, now a familiar face also in New Zealand each summer, was first to finish the 20 sheep in the international, taking 14min 24sec and beating next-man-off and Hawke's Bay shearer Smith by 8 seconds. A sheep behind, Coster, of Rakaia, beat Fox by 5 seconds.

Coster, 46 and in only his second competition in the Northern Hemisphere, put in a tremendous effort with his quality on the board, carding just 11 penalty strokes, for the best individual pen points of 0.55, while Smith scored best in the pen judging.

In the Open final, Te Kuiti gun Fagan, 51 and competing as an independent, won the race to the finish, taking 13min 59sec and heading Smith by 4 seconds. Smith's superior quality, including again the best pen judging points, was enough to claim the title.

Lone English finalist Berry was third, and Coster was fourth, again averaging less than a penalty per sheep on the board, and Falkland Islands shearer Lee Molkenbuhr was fifth. Smith and Coster, beaten by Scotland in the first match of an 8-test tour a week earlier at the Lochearnhead Shears, meet England again at the Great Yorkshire Show later this week.

In the lower classes at Cockermouth, Northland shearer Brya Harrison achieved her second finals placing in a week, finishing third in the junior final. She had also been third in the Scottish Blackface Championships at Lochearnhead.

Major results from the Lakeland Shears:

International (20 sheep): New Zealand 107.75pts (Rowland Smith 14min 32sec, 52.05pts; Tony Coster 15min 16sec, 55.7pts) beat England 111.1pts (Adam Berry 14min 24sec, 52.8pts; Mark Fox 15min 21sec, 58.3pts).

Open final (20 sheep): Rowland Smith (Hastings, NZ) 14min 3sec, 49.8pts, 1; David Fagan (Te Kuiti, NZ) 13min 59sec, 51.4pts, 2; Adam Berry (Kendal, England) 14min, 53.15pts, 3; Tony Coster (Rakaia, NZ) 15min 55sec, 56.1pts, 4; Lee Molkenbuhr (Stanley, Falkland Is) 16min 1sec, 58.35pts, 5.

Senior final (8 sheep): Scott Wilson (Broughton, Scotland) 8min 49sec, 35.15pts, 1; Stefen Clarke (Falkland Islands) 8min 53sec, 35.25pts, 2; Jonathan Roberts (-) 9min 7sec, 37.45pts, 3; Stuart Davidson (Aberfeddy, Scotland) 10min 14sec, 40.3pts, 4; Nick Burnett (-) 9min 51sec, 41.05pts, 5.

Intermediate final (6 sheep): Dion Hughes (Llangwm, Wales) 7min 13sec, 30.07pts, 1; Alister Shaw (Saline, Scotland) 6min 53sec, 30.48pts, 2; Ynyr Pugh (Wales) 7min 4sec, 34.7pts, 3; Chris Rowberry (Herefordshire, England) 8min 26sec, 34.88pts, 4; Lewis Harkness (Dumfries, Scotland) 9min 17sec, 36.18pts, 5.

Junior final (4 sheep): Duilan Jones (-) 5min 34sec, 20.76pts, 1; Hefin Rowlands (Wales) 6min 15sec, 23.88pts, 2; Brya Harrison (Dargaville, New Zealand) 6min 52sec, 23.98pts, 3; Andrew Tullie (-) 5min 51sec, 24.45pts, 4; Rhys Richards (-) 5min 36sec, 24.58pts, 5.

Kiwis locked out again in Lochearnhead - July 2, 2013

The New Zealand shearing team of Rowland Smith and Tony Coster has failed to break a Lochearnhead Shears jinx by being beaten by Scotland in the first of eight test matches on the 2013 Elders Primary Wool UK Tour.

The defeat at the weekend, the Shears' 20th anniversary, was the eighth consecutive Scottish victory over New Zealand at Lochearnhead since a Kiwi team last won there in 2003.

The contest was dominated by local hero Hamish Mitchell who had the previous weekend won the Scottish National final to retain his place in the Scotland team for next year's World Championships in Ireland.

Shearing his 15 sheep at the weekend in 9min 59sec, he was 39 seconds ahead of teammate Simon Bedwell, and more than a minute-and half quicker than either of the Kiwis, who arrived in the Northern Hemisphere only days before what was the only test against Scotland on the tour.

Mitchell also posted the best board and pen judging points, as Scotland won comfortably by more than 11 points.

Hastings-based Northlander Smith, 26, and the 20-years-old Coster, from Rakaia, both impressed in their first competition - Smith as top qualifier in the heats of the Open, the Scottish Blackface Championship, barely 24 hours after arriving in the UK, and Coster third, on his first trip north of the equator.

Coster just missed out on the top eight for the semi-finals but Smith and brother Matthew, now based in Cornwall, both made the final, which was won by Bedwell, his first win in the event. New Zealand-based Scotsman and World champion Gavin Mutch was second, and Matthew Smith, having been top qualifier from the semi-finals, was third. Northlander Brya Harrison was third in the Scottish Blackface junior final, which provided a unique victory for Estonian shearer Adam Kaivo.

New Zealand team manager Dean Te Huia in his judging role keeps an eye on Simon Bedwell who won the Open final at Lochearnhead.

The Scotland and New Zealand teams piped onto the board at the start of the first UK Tour test at Lochearnhead. From left, Simon Bedwell, Hamish Mitchell, Rowland Smith, Tony Coster, New Zealand team manager Dean Te Huia, and the piper


With the number of shearers in the upper classes slightly down on recent years with less New Zealanders travelling to the UK this year, junior and intermediate classes were bolstered with competitors from other European countries France, Germany, Norway and Spain.. The next test for Golden Shears and New Zealand Open champion Rowland Smith and his teammate from the South Island will be against England at the Lakeland Shears in Cockermouth, Cumbria, next weekend.

Results from the 2013 Lochearnhead Shears and Scottish Blackface shearing championships:

International (15 sheep): Scotland 83.25pts (Hamish Mitchell 9min 39sec, 39.68pts; Simon Bedwell 10min 38sec, 43.57pts) beat New Zealand 94.92pts (Rowland Smith 11min 38sec, 46.7pts; Tony Coster 11min 51sec, 48.22pts).

Open final (20 sheep): Simon Bedwell (Garve, Scotland) 12min 59sec, 47.35sec, 1; Gavin Mutch (Huntly, Scotland, and Whangamomona, NZ) 13mins, 48.65pts, 2; Matthew Smith (Hastings, NZ) 13min 26sec, 51.45pts, 3; Rowland Smith (Hastings, NZ) 14min 38sec, 54.3pts, 4.

Senior final (10 sheep): Dafydd Jones (Llaelidan, Wales) 9min 21sec, 38..45pts, 1; Scott Wilson Broughton, Scotland) 9min 5sec, 38.75pts, 2; Stewart Kennedy (Aberfeddy, Scotland) 10min 41sec, 41.25pts, 3; Sandy McKellar (Tyndrum, Scotland) 9min 7sec, 41.55pts, 4.

Intermediate final (7 sheep): Alister Shaw (Saline, Scotland) 7min 30sec, 35.66pts, 1; David Gibson (Gartocharn, Scotland) 7min 47sec, 37.35pts, 2; Brian Mundell (Fintry, Scotland) 7min 55sec, 38.18pts, 3; Lewis Harkness (Dumfries, Scotland) 9min 51sec, 41.55pts, 4.

Junior final (4 sheep): Adam Kaivo (Estonia) 5min 55sec, 22.33pts, 1; Adam Mitchell (Doune, Scotland) 5min 42sec, 24.03pts, 2; Brya Harrison (Dargaville, NZ) 7min 28sec, 27.06pts, 3; Jonathan Malloy (Ireland) 5min 40sec, 30.21pts, 4.

Kiwi shearers set for tough UK tour - June 27, 2013

New Zealand shearers Rowland Smith and Tony Coster face an uphill battle to score a rare Lochearnhead Shears test win over Scotland as the 2013 Elders Primary UK tour starts this weekend. Hawke's Bay-based Smith, 26, and 46-year-old Coster, from Rakaia in Mid-Canterbury, only arrive in the UK during the week.

Golden Shears and New Zealand Open champion Smith will be unlikely to have even shorn a sheep before he arrives at the venue on Saturday.

New Zealand teams have suffered seven consecutive test defeats to Scotland at Lochearnhead since the last Kiwi international triumph there in 2003.

Starting an eight-test tour, with further matches in England, Ireland and Wales, it will be Smith's third UK trip, and second as a New Zealand team member, but it is the first Northern Hemisphere experience for Coster, who has, however, shorn four transtasman series' against Australia.

Smith, who married fellow World record-breaking shearer Ingrid Baynes, was in all-conquering post-Christmas form in New Zealand, winning 15 finals, including the two major events. He has track history at Lochearnhead, where he was third to Gavin Mutch in the Scottish Blackface final two years ago during his first New Zealand team tour.

Coster, former three-times winner of the PGG Wrightson National, New Zealand's premier multi-breeds title, won his place in the team with victory in Te Kuiti's New Zealand Shears Circuit final in April, and won six other finals in the South Island earlier in the season, including the Canterbury Circuit.

Hamish Mitchell confirmed his place in Scottish team, including next year's World Championships in Ireland when winning the Scottish National last weekend, and is expected to be joined by defending World champion Mutch, who won the Royal Highland Open final. The second position is, however, yet to be confirmed.

Feilding shearer Aaron Haynes was fifth in the Royal Highland Open, just ahead of a surprise finalist in Luis Sorral, of Spain.

There was a major triumph at the show at Ingliston for young Masterton shearer, Ethan Pankhurst, who was third in the Intermediate final and then won his first Senior event.

The New Zealand team's itinerary is: June 29-30, Lochearnhead Shears, Scotlsand; July 6, Lakeland Shears. England; July 9-11, Great Yorkshire Show, England; July 13, Rickamore Shears, Ireland; July 19, Cothi Shears, Wales; July 20, Lampeter Shears, Wales; July 22-25, Royal Welsh Show; July 26-27, Corwen Shears, Wales.

Shearing stalwart Hugh McCarroll awarded MNZM - June 03, 2013

Shearing Sports New Zealand congratulates life member Hugh McCarroll on being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours announced today (June 3).

Mr McCarroll, 72, who has lived in Tauranga most of his life but now lives at Whangamata, is at least the 10th person commended in Queen's Birthday or New Zealand honours lists over the years for services to shearing, dating back to the MBE bestowed in 1960 on the now-late Godfrey Bowen. The honour also recognises service to other aspects of agriculture, which has included pedigree sheep breeding and kiwifruit orcharding.

A competitor from the very earliest days of the Golden Shears, he won the premier event's Intermediate final in 1967, and the Veteran's over-65 event at the 50th anniversary Shears in 2010, and it was back on the same stage in 2012 that he was presented his Shearing Sports New Zealand life membership badge by outgoing and long-serving chairman John Fagan, MBE.

Hugh McCarroll
Hugh McCarroll

Over more than half-a-century, Hugh McCarroll has served in almost every imaginable role in Shearing sports, ably supported by wife Biddy with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage in April.

He stepped straight from being an Open-class competitor to competition judging in 1978, and in 34 seasons has officiated in almost every competition in New Zealand at some stage, as well as judging in the United Kingdom.

He was shearing steward at his home Tauranga A and P Show from 1984 to 2008, and became delegate to the national shearing committee in 1988, seeing the organisation through reconstitution as Shearing Sports New Zealand in 1992.

Serving the organisation ever since, he was North Island chairman from 1995 to 2010, the delegate to the Golden Shears World Council in Masterton in 1996, Ireland 1998, Australia 2005, Norway 2008 and Wales 2010, and chaired a World Council sub-committee upgrading new World Championships rules and regulations.

He has managed several New Zealand teams, including the World Championships in Ireland in 1998 and in Masterton last year.

He was also a founding member of the World Sheep Shearing Records Society in 1995, has attended almost every record attempt since that time, often as a judge, and has been the organisation's secretary since 2006, ensuring the upkeep of an accurate register of records and the standards which must be attained.

He is currently Shearing Sports New Zealand's executive officer liaising with Sport New Zealand (formerly SPARC) and Drug Free Sport New Zealand (formerly NZ Sports Drug Agency), and also the SSNZ website.

Other commendations in shearing include receiving the in 2005 the Lance Waddell Shield for service to shearing, and service to agriuclture on the wider scale has been recognised with life membership of the Tauranga A and P Society, he and Biddy were in 1984 recognised by the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand, in 1984 as recipients of the A C Cameron Award for Excellence in Farming and Community Affairs, and in 2007 Mr McCarroll was again commended by the RAS with its Medal for Excellence in Agriculture.

Service in other aspects of agriculture included numerous positions in the Young Farmers Club movement, 12 years as a New Zealand Coopworth Sheep Society councillor, being a director New Zealand first sheep sire referencing scheme, membership of Federated Farmers' Tauranga branch since 1973 (including three years as secretary), and chairing the Tauranga boys and girls high schools' agriculture club for three years.

Outside of the sector he was a member of Greerton Lions Club for 26 years, including two terms as president, becoming a life member of the Lloyd Morgan Lions Club Charitable Trust, and a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2011. He was a member of the Oropi Settlers Hall Committee for 24 years, including five as chairman, and service to schools included being secretary of the Oropi School and District 75th reunion committee in 1974 and the school's centennial committee in 1999. He has also been a member of the Tauranga Sports Rugby Club for 55 years, starting as a player in 1957, and is a proud founding member of the Bay of Plenty Steamers Blue and Gold Supporters Club.

Hugh and Biddy hosted international farm stay guests at their Pyes Pa property from 1983 to 2003, having previously established the 9-hole Ngawaro golf course on their farm.

Those recognised in Queen's Birthday or New Year honours for services to shearing include shearers Godfrey Bowen (MBE 1960), Brian 'Snow' Quinn (MBE 1981), John Fagan (MBE 1992), David Fagan (MNZM 1999, ONZM 2007), Colin King (MNZM 2000) and Ivan Bowen (MNZM 2007), Golden Shears officials Bob Chamberlain (MBE 1965), Colin Gilmour-Wilson (QSO 1995) and Laurie Keats (MNZM 2009), and now shearer, official and administrator Hugh McCarroll (MNZM 2013).

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