National Sheep Dog Trial Championships 2023

The 2024 National Sheepdog Trial Championships

11th – 17th March 2024

Hall Village Showgrounds, Canberra

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The National Sheepdog 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.

Sheepdog 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.

2022 Open Winner - John Perry's Bredbo Ash

“Thanks Mate, we shut the gate”

For 150 years or so stockmen and women have been lining up to prove that their dog is the best in the district. These impromptu local events have become the sheepdog trials of today. Part of our rich pastoral heritage of competition at Agricultural shows and field days. Showcasing the very best of rural Australia and helping keep the genetic base of stock dogs strong.

Portrait of Bredbo Ash, Open Winner 2022, owned by John Perry. Illustrated by Linda Denning

2022 Open Winner - John Perry's Bredbo Ash

“Thanks Mate, we shut the gate”

For 150 years or so stockmen and women have been lining up to prove that their dog is the best in the district. These impromptu local events have become the sheepdog trials of today. Part of our rich pastoral heritage of competition at Agricultural shows and field days. Showcasing the very best of rural Australia and helping keep the genetic base of stock dogs strong.

 A Portrait of Bredbo Ash, Open Winner 2022, owned by John Perry. Illustrated by Linda Dening

Sponsored by:

With thanks to CopRice, our major sponsor

Supported by:

With thanks to CopRice, our major sponsor
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 Sheepdog 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 VI and Uncle of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Delight in breathtaking natural beauty and family fun all within easy reach. Take a heart-pumping hike or cycle the trails through one of the world’s most sustainable cities. Top it off with a taste of the thriving cool-climate wine region. It’s more than you expect and it’s waiting for you.

Hall Village ACT from the air

Hall Village is proud to be the home of the National Sheepdog 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.

A fun day out for all the family!

9am to 4pm

Dogs on lead welcome

$10 per adult. Under 16's free.
Tuesday 12th - free admission for all.