Shearing champs in France get boost at Golden Shears [fr]
The French village of Le Dorat is to host the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in 2019. In Masterton over the weekend, Ambassador Jeanblanc-Risler put in a good word for the village to crowds at the Golden Shears.
After February’s World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill, a French delegation successfully made the case to the Shearing World Council to host the event in 2019.
The Ambassador, who voiced the French Government’s support for the bid in Invercargill, took that support further from March 3-5 when attending the Golden Shears in Masterton.
On stage with Golden Shears president Philip Morrison, the Ambassador introduced a film showcasing the village "right at the heart of France" and its dream of hosting the championships.
"It was the dream of a small team of people and in Invercargill they managed to get this dream to become a reality. Hopefully, I’ll see all of you in France in 2019."
On March 4, the Ambassador went further, making her shearing debut on stage in support of the French championship hosts.
Le Dorat is located in the Haute-Vienne department, which is part of France’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Organisers plan to hold the event in early July 2019, and hope to attract up to 30,000 visitors and 300 shearers to shear 5000 sheep.