One of the Queenstown Winter Festival favourites for farmers young and old is the Monteith’s Dog Derby.
For those who don't know the event, farmers head up the mountain on the chair-lift with their trusty canine companions, to race down the hill sliding and running to the bottom.
The winner of this year's 43rd instalment of the competition is Wanaka shepherd, Michael Wilson.
This week's Character of the Country, Mr Wilson joins Rural Exchange to shed some more light on the derby, and what life is like for a young farmer from Wanaka.
Watch the full interview with Michael Wilson above.