Taranaki/Manawatu Farming Lifestyles
Dog trial interest
spans family generations By Denise Gunn
Sheep dog trialling runs in the blood of Dan Murphy’s family. So it was a natural progression for this Whangamomona sheep and beef farmer to follow in the same direction FOR ALL YOUR RURAL CONCRETING NEEDS ! • Qualified • FEED PADS Experienced Staff
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an and his wife Kathy farm 1000 acres of hill country in the Taranaki backblocks. The farm originally belonged to Dan’s parents before his brother bought it then later sold it onto Dan. “I’ve lived in this area all my life,” said Dan. “The only time I went away was when I was 17 and worked on another farm for awhile.”
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The Murphy family’s involvement in dog trialling stretches back three generations to Dan’s grandfather.
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“My grandfather was pretty keen on it, then Dad,” he said.
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Dan’s father, Bernard, won four national championships, several island titles and represented New Zealand against Australia.
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Dan has lived in the Whangamomona area all his life and farms 1000 acres of hill country in the Taranaki backblocks
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“I just sort of followed along,” said Dan. Dan’s first taste of competitive dog trialling was at the age of 15 but rugby and pig hunting also beckoned, keeping he and his brothers busy. Eventually dog trialling proved stronger and both Dan and his brother Steve have been familiar names on the leaderboards at dog trials around the country for many years. Although Dan didn’t get serious about competing until he was in his late 20’s, by the age of 34 he had won his first New Zealand championship. Since then Dan has won three New Zealand championships, two island championships and represented New Zealand twice in Australia. He belongs to the local Whangamomona dog trial club and is
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Taranaki/Manawatu Farming Lifestyles, August 2012