5 Mar 2011

Third win for Kirkpatrick at Golden Shears

11:37 pm on 5 March 2011

Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick has won the prestigious open title at the Golden Shears competition for the third time.

The runner-up Rowland Smith, who was competing in the open section for the first time, was neck and neck with Kirkpatrick for a large part of the competition in Masterton.

He lost ground only on the last five or six sheep.

King Country shearing legend David Fagan, who had been chasing a 10th title, finished third.