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Limehills Community Pool
committee members are hoping
sheep racing will be the key to
keeping their annual key hire costs
down for locals.
The unorthodox event will take
place on Saturday February 27
at the Limehills Rugby Grounds.
Local sheep are already in training
– and that’s no joke – while
farmers and lifestyle block owners
from near and far are being
challenged to also put their fastest
footed ewes to the test.
Spokeswoman Sue Wilson said
the idea came from a similar
event in Methven. And given the
changing face of agriculture in the
Limehills area, it seemed even
“A bit of a laugh when we’re in a
predominantly dairy location in
Southland now,” she said.
Local farmer Brian Hammond has
been getting his mob race fit and
plans to draft off the 75 fastest for
the feature race.
Unique racing strips are being
made for each animal which will
also each carry a “jockey” in the
form of a teddy bear. Punters
will place $1 bets for a randomly
drawn runner with a payout for the
Mrs Wilson said a separate race
would enable members of the
public to bring their own ewe – no
lambs or two-tooths permitted – to
compete for the trophy awarded
to the fastest.
Heats would be run if numbers are
There would also be a prize for
the best presented sheep so
people were encouraged to be
creative about how their entrant
was turned out, whether it be
fancy dress, colourings or a trendy
There would be plenty of free
events for kids, all in keeping
with the sheep theme. Instead of
a three-legged race, it would be
four-legged; guess the number
of jellybeans in the jar would be
replaced with tailing rubber rings
and, of course, there would be the
ever popular gumboot throw.
Entry to the day would be $5 per
car. It would also cost $5 to enter
a racing ewe.
All proceeds would go towards the
pool, the main aim being to keep
the cost of a season’s key down
to encourage as many people
as possible to use the pool, Mrs
The pool is sited on the school
grounds but is run for and on
behalf of the wider community. In
October the committee oversaw
the installation of solar heating
panels which had boosted
The average temperature of
the pool during January was 28
degrees – as warm as it has ever
been, Mrs Wilson said.
The Sheep Racing Meet will be
signposted from the Centre Bush
Garage. The first race is set to
start at 1.30pm.
Racing sheep? Ewe betcha!
Limehills farmer Brian Hammond gets his sheep into training for the inaugural
sheep racing event being held later this month as a fundraiser for the
community swimming pool.
St Patrick’s School in Nightcaps
has a new teacher. He is Peruvian
Carlos Cordero who started work
two weeks ago.
Carlos, his wife, fellow teacher
Jodie Garrett and their small son
Krk (no vowel; he is named after
an island off the Croatian coast
from whence some of Carlos’
maternal forbears came), have
made their home in the Western
Southland town – a long way from
Carlos’s home town of Lima, Peru,
where they first met. That was
where Jodie was teaching at the
British school headed by former
Southlander Trevor McKinley.
After visiting New Zealand with his
bride-to-be Carlos decided he’d be
happy to settle in New Zealand.
“It was always a toss up between
Wales and New Zealand, for the
rugby. But when I met Jodie that
swung it to New Zealand.’’
Coming south to be near Jodie’s
dad Ian Beker (manager of
Southland Enterprises) and the
wider family, they bought property
in Nightcaps two years ago,
welcomed the arrival of their first
born one year on and have now
A former marketing consultant,
Carlos is teaching at St Patricks’,
Jodie hopes to relief teach at
Central Southland College while
Krk looks forward to meeting up
with new little friends at Weka
Preschool in Winton.
They already feel at home, having
met up with people who share
their interests – Carlos in sport
and the outdoors, Jodie in singing
barbershop style with the Foveaux
Teachers make Nightcaps home
From Peru, Carlos Cordero, wife Jodie Garrett and 14-month-old Krk Caspian
Cordero, at home in Nightcaps.
By Pat Veltkamp Smith
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