Trent Hewes, a 19 year old from Pukekawa, won the Intermediate title at the Golden Shears of Great Britain on Thursday 31 May.
Trent has been shearing for two and a half years now, but he’d only been shearing in England for a month leading up to the Royal Bath and West Show competition in Somerset, England. “It means a lot to me to me to win this show,” he said. “I travel around a lot in New Zealand doing shows so to get a big win like this is a good feeling!”
Although Trent, who went to Tuakau College, doesn’t come from a shearing family, he started learning how to shear five years ago at the age of 14. He said, “I had a lot of help learning how to shear from people including Kelvin Brough, Keiran Devoy and Sam Welch. I also went to a shearing school which was held by Dean Te Huia and Sonny Marshal. I’ve won two smaller shows in New Zealand in the junior grade at Te Puke and Kumeu.” He also placed fifth in the New Zealand Golden Shears Intermediate final in Masterton in March.
“I prefer shearing in New Zealand because of the organisation, you can get a lot more sheep out, but it’s good to experience a different way of doing things and I’m enjoying every bit of England!” said Trent, who’ll return home at the beginning of August.
Trent, who’s parents are Steve and Heidi Hewes from Pukekawa, said “my short term goal is to win the Royal Welsh Show at the end of July before I come home. My long term goal would be to get to the open grade level in the next few years.”
Trent’s good friend Richie Paulson, from Glen Murray, also placed fourth in the same competition.