Welcome to the ASDWA
The Australian Sheep Dog Workers’ Association was established in 1988 to allow sheep dog workers to speak with one voice, enabling better sponsorship and joint insurance, to conduct an Australian Championship and to administer interstate and international teams.
The mission of the ASDWA is to facilitate communications with the state working sheep dog associations, liaise with corporate sponsors, foster newcomers to the sport, organise major trials such as the annual Supreme Australian Championship, and to host and organise the annual Trans Tasman Test series between Australia and New Zealand.
SAWSDA is holding a training school for members of the public, with or without dogs, who would like to learn how to understand and train a sheepdog. A number of SAWSDA members will show their experiences and expertise on various aspects of dog training. Some of the topics we will be covering are:
- Picking the best pup or dog for you
- Getting the best from your pup
- Off-sheep training
- Introduction to stock
- Reading and understanding stock movement
No more than 2 dogs per person, please.
All dogs/pups must be vaccinated. Proof will be required on the day.
Click here for more details and registration information.
This year sees a significant change of date for the Barmera Trial with a move to the June long weekend. For all the country music buffs out there you can now combine your loves of music and sheepdog trialing, as the trial now coincides with the South Australian Country Music Festival, also held in Barmera.
On Saturday morning visitors will flock to the main street of Barmera for the running of the sheep, with the trial beginning on the oval after lunch.
Contact Bob Clark – 08 8588 2559
Competitors are welcome to camp by the trial grounds at no cost, with power supplied.
There are also free camping opportunities on the lakefront for those who are self sufficient.
If you would like to find other accommodation please BOOK NOW as it may be difficult to find a vacancy if left too close to the date.
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The Supreme Australian Championship has been held annually since 1990 and rotates between the six states. This year the Supreme will be held 8 – 16 October 2016 in Northam, Western Australia.
The Trans Tasman
Each year Australia and New Zealand compete against each other for the Wayleggo Cup. Each country takes it in turn to host and organise a test series. In 2016 the Trans Tasman will be held 8 – 16 October 2016 in Northam, Western Australia.
Jim O’Connell, ASDWA President
I strongly encourage people from all walks of life and every corner of this vast country, who have an affinity with dogs and livestock, to look for the link to their state sheep dog website and find a sheep dog trial close to where they live and go along and become involved with our great sport.
Become a Member
By becoming a member of one of the six state working sheep dog associations you automatically become a member of the Australian Sheepdog Worker’s Association.
To become a member, contact the secretary of your state. Please mention that you have been directed from this website.
Code of Welfare
Owners, handlers, breeders and/or lessees in charge of dogs have a responsibility to understand and meet the welfare needs of their dogs.
The purpose of this code is to encourage all those responsible for dogs to adopt the highest standards of husbandry, care and handling.