Competitive shearing is big in New Zealand – in fact some of us think it should be an Olympic sport!
Shearers compete at agricultural shows all over New Zealand. The season culminates in the Golden Shears, a tremendous event that attracts international competitors as well as shearers from all over New Zealand. It’s held in Masterton in early March each year. In 2015 I attended many of the sessions, and described the experience (and other Wairarapa attractions) in Yarnmaker, an interesting UK magazine about all things fibre.
I loved “the Shears” – read about it here.