National Sheep Dog Trials Canberra

The 2022 National Sheep Dog Trial Championships

7 – 13 March 2022

Hall Village Showgrounds

The National Sheep Dog Trial Championships serve as an enduring link between the Bush Capital and rural Australia. Competitors come from all over the country to support this sport, rich in Australian rural heritage.

Sheep Dog Trials are a unique, inclusive, heritage sport where three species—sheep, dog and person—endeavour to work together to complete a course of three obstacles in fifteen minutes.

It is the ultimate level playing field – it doesn’t matter if you are male, female, young, old or in a mobility scooter. Every competitor starts with 100 points – after that anything can happen!

On finals day the top 20 scoring dogs run and then the highest scoring compete for the prestigious Duke of Gloucester Sash.

Dogs with Jobs

The National Sheep Dog Trials celebrates the contribution of the Australian working dog. From the iconic Kelpie, the traditional Border Collie, the Koolie and the Cattle Dog – the working dog holds a firm place in our hearts and mythology.

There are over 270,000 working dogs contributing to the economy of rural Australia. These intelligent and robust animals take on sheep, cattle and goats in some of the harshest environments and terrains in our country.

We celebrate the working dog, their purpose and those who value them.

Portrait of MGH Jana, Open Winner 2015, owned by Mick Hudson

Dogs with Jobs

The National Sheep Dog Trials celebrates the contribution of the Australian working dog. From the iconic Kelpie, the traditional Border Collie, the Koolie and the Cattle Dog – the working dog holds a firm place in our hearts and mythology.

There are over 270,000 working dogs contributing to the economy of rural Australia. These intelligent and robust animals take on sheep, cattle and goats in some of the harshest environments and terrains in our country.

We celebrate the working dog, their purpose and those who value them.

Portrait of MGH Jana, Open Winner 2015, owned by Mick Hudson
The Duke of Gloucester Sash

The Duke of Gloucester Sash

The Sash is significant in Sheepdog Trialling history – a unique, historic, velvet, hand embroidered piece, 25cm wide and 115cm long. The embroidered coat of arms is from the Royal House of Windsor. Over the years, the velvet has faded to a beautiful antique brown but the original colour was the colour of Kings, royal purple.

The Duke of Gloucester Sash was presented to the National Sheep Dog Trial Association in 1945 by His Royal Highness, Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester during his tenure as Governor General of Australia from 1944 to 1947. The Duke was the younger brother of King George XI and Uncle of Queen Elizabeth II.

Hall Village is proud to be the home of the National Sheep Dog Trial Championships in Canberra.

We hope you find some time to have a wander around this special part of Canberra that provides a link between the capital and it’s rural setting. Enjoy the quality offerings of the fine merchants of Hall – enjoy the cafes, peruse the gift shops, buy some farm supplies, sample craft beers and local wines, have a meal or pamper yourself at the beauty salons and hairdressers.

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY

Dogpro - proud sponsors of the National Sheep Dog Trial Championships