Disappointment for Kiwis on the opening day of world shearing champs

It's been a mixed day for New Zealanders competing at the World Shearing Champs in France.

The 18th Golden Shears World Shearing and Woolhandling in is being held in the French town of Le Dorat.

In a disappointing first day, Allflex New Zealand shearing and woolhandling team member Pagan Karauria was beaten in the French All-Nations Women's Shearing Championship final.

First to finish the six-shearer final of 10 sheep each on the opening day and appearing comfortably-placed to win with a comfortable buffer on time and board-judging points, she was heavily penalised by the pen judges and had to settle for 4th place overall.

Pagan Karauria in the French All Nations Women's final at the start of World Sheep Shearing and Woolhandling championships week in France.
Pagan Karauria in the French All Nations Women's final at the start of World Sheep Shearing and Woolhandling championships week in France. Photo credit: Supplied

Meanwhile teammate Sheree Alabaster failed to make the top eight, but like Karauria, was mostly focused on the world title.

Geraldine blade shearer Alan Oldfield qualified in 6th place for the All Nations blade shearing championship semi-finals, headed by reigning World champion Mayenzeki Schweni.

However  top New Zealand hope Tony Dobbs, of shearer, just failed to qualify for the semi-final and is also left to focus solely on World titles hopes

The women's shearing final was won by France's Eleonore Resneau.

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