President’s Report

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

For those who don’t know us, my wife Linda and I live near Northam approximately 120 km due east of Perth Western Australia. We farm together with my brother Angus, on approximately 2500 hectares running between 5-6000 merino sheep together with about 1200 hectares of crop. Dog trialling has taken us to every State in Australia and also New Zealand. 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 trials throughout the year.

The ASDWA organises Australia-wide insurance for all members of State Sheep Dog Trial Associations, liaises with corporate Sponsors, foster newcomers to the sport and allocate 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 alternate between Australia and New Zealand. In 2017 the Trans-Tasman Test will take place in New Zealand and back to Australia in 2018. The Trans-Tasman course is a combination of sections from Australia 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 selected members to form 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.

ASDWA President

Grant Cooke