President’s Report

Hello and welcome to the Australian Sheep Dog Workers’ Association Incorporated’s website.

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.

For those who do not know us, my wife Rhonda and I live near Winton in Central Western Queensland. Dog trialling has taken us to every state in Australia and also to New Zealand during the last fourteen years. I can tell you that beats staying at home and working all the time! It also encourages us to organise our work commitments to fit in with the various trial circuits throughout the year.

The ASDWA organises Australia-wide insurance for all members of State Sheep Dog Trial Associations, liaises with Corporate Sponsors, fosters newcomers to the sport and allocates the Supreme Australian Championships to the states in rotation.

The ASDWA also organises the annual Wayleggo Cup Trans Tasman Test Series between Australia and New Zealand. The Tests are held in Australia one year and New Zealand the following year. In 2015 they are being held near Taupo in New Zealand. The Trans Tasman course is a combination of sections from Australian trials and New Zealand trials, which has been worked out by representatives from both countries. The Trans Tasman course was last updated in Warwick in 2012.  The four members of the Australian Test Team are the highest scoring handlers and their dogs from the Ted Gaby Interstate Series, which is held over three Trans Tasman runs during the Annual Supreme Championships. Each state is represented by two handlers and their dogs in the Interstate Series.

Jim O’Connell
President, ASDWA Inc.