Bark up helps Marton Young Farmers raise $2,500 for charity

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There’s been a huge turnout for a bark up organised by Marton Young Farmers.

Almost 150 people travelled from Castlepoint, Dannevirke and Hunterville to attend the event.

The main attraction saw dogs barking and howling on command from the top of a pallet of tux dog biscuits.

“It was a fantastic night. We had such great support,” said Stephanie Sloan from Marton Young Farmers.

“Our aim was to raise awareness of Marton Young Farmers and we nailed it. It was a great community event.”

It was the first time the club had organised a bark up.

The event included terrier racing, best dressed dog, best trick and a popular agility class.

“There were just over 40 dogs registered across all the competitions,” said Stephanie.

Harvey Verwaayen from Dannevirke and his dog Stag took out first place in the bark up.

“I’ve had Stag since he was a pup. He’s three years old. We’ve competed in the last two Puketoi bark ups,” he said.

Harvey spent three years working as a shepherd before taking a manager’s position on his family’s 380-cow dairy farm.

Wairere’s Samuel O’Fee and his dog Swag placed second. Darryn Jackson from Castlepoint and his dog Hewy were third.

The fundraiser was organised by a six-person committee from Marton Young Farmers.

“We first floated the idea earlier this year. We were generously supported by a number of sponsors including our club, FMG, PGG Wrightson, Rangitikei Vet Services and Land Based Training,” she said.

“We made profit of $4,500. More than half of the money will be donated to several local charities.”

The bark up was held at Maungarapi Station, which is owned by the family of club member Hamish Stewart.

There are plans to make it an annual or biennial event.