2019 Trans Tasman Sheepdog Trials in Bungendore

First light on a freezing winter morning on the long flat at Bungendore takes dedication to the sport of sheepdog trialing, and an excess of warm layers. But over four days, 4-7 July, the Trans Tasman Sheepdog Trials will see competitors and their dogs on the course regardless of weather.

The NSW Selection Trial will be held at Bungendore Showground in the days before the annual Bungendore Trans Tasman Sheepdog Trial. This determines the top two workers and their dogs to represent NSW, at The Supreme, to be held at Dalby later this year.

Clockwise from top left: Laurie Slater with Me Mate Storm Boy; Scott Smith with one of his winning dogs; Maz Whalan with Ella

Clockwise from top left: Laurie Slater with Me Mate Storm Boy; Scott Smith with one of his winning dogs; Maz Whalan with Ella

Judges for this year are Will Goggin, who will judge the Open in both the NSW and Trans Tasman, and Brett Smith who will judge the Novice and Encourage for The Trans Tasman.

Local businessman Paul Darmody, who also supplies the sheep for both competitions will be competing. Darmody has competed for Australia in the past.

The Trans Tasman Sheepdog Trial was established to provide a level playing field for competition between Australia and New Zealand, a combination of Australian and New Zealand rules, with the aim that the best in Australia and the best in New Zealand can compete annually. The course is run with three fresh sheep for each competitor.

Bungendore & District Sheepdog Association will be providing morning and afternoon teas as well as lunches. Entry is free and spectators' dogs are welcome on a lead.

Each day competition starts around 7:30am through to 4:30pm with finals on Sunday.

For more information: http://www.workingdogschool.com