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Cutting Edge Sport Presents Rural Sport 2011

When:

Mon 17 Oct 2011, 2:00pm–4:00pm
Tue 18 Oct 2011, 12:00pm–4:00pm
Wed 19 Oct 2011, 12:00pm–5:00pm
Thu 20 Oct 2011, 12:00pm–5:00pm
Fri 21 Oct 2011, 12:00pm–3:00pm
Sat 22 Oct 2011, 12:00pm–3:00pm

Where: Queens Wharf, 99 Quay St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: MCH Admin

The traditional nature of the rural sports of wood chopping, sheep dog trialing and shearing have a long history in this country and are strong in the hearts and minds of many New Zealanders.

The Cutting Edge Rural Sport 2011 experience brings the country to the city including a Trans-Tasman wood chopping and sheep dog trialling competition, along with New Zealand's top eight shearers in a speed shearing competition.

The events will take place in the Auckland CBD, in and around Queens Wharf during the last week of the Tournament, 16 - 23 October, 2011.

The two day trans-Tasman test match series will see teams from Australia and New Zealand competing in sheep dog trials — located for the first time in the CBD of a major New Zealand city.

Sheep dog trials are test of the bond between the farmer and their 'best friend' — the working dog. The pair's stock-handling skills are put to the test with a series of challenges which usually involve manoeuvring a flock of wily sheep around a course and into a pen.

Then, the top four axemen from New Zealand and Australia will go head to head in an exciting wood chopping competition.

Athletes compete in a series of forestry challenges that test their ability with the axe and saw — the woodchips fly as logs are chopped and sawn at a fantastic pace. The top eight axemen in the world are all Australasians including Kiwis Jason Wynyard and David Bolstad who between them have won the World Championships for the past 15 years.

Also on Queens Wharf, New Zealand's top eight shearers will battle it out for supremacy in a speed shearing competition.

Champion shearers are recognised as world-class athletes. The physically demanding farming task of shearing sheep has become an elite competitive sport where shearers work to remove the fleece from the sheep at breathtaking speed. New Zealand is home to two shearing superstars — 2010 World Champion Cam Ferguson and David Fagan — a shearing legend who has won the World Championships and New Zealand Championships a record number of times.

Don't miss the opportunity to watch some of Australia and New Zealand's top rural sports athletes in three exciting invitational competitions — right in the CBD of a major New Zealand city for the first time.

For further information about Cutting Edge Sports Events contact Steve Hollander. Phone: 021 973207 or email shollander@xtra.co.nz

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