The National Sheepdog Trials in the Media

The Great Sheepdog Showdown

The excitement is building for the Great Sheepdog Showdown! A fierce leaderboard challenge that showcases local Canberra identities attempting to perfect the art of sheepdog trialling, in a race against the clock, a dog and one’s own quick thinking. Who will be crowned the top dog?
Competitor Time (min:sec)
2023 at Manuka Oval – CHARLIE – NSDTA 0:17
2023 at Manuka Oval – JOSH – Hit 104.7 0:41
2023 at Manuka Oval – NED – Hit 104.7 1:06
2022 BRUMBIES RUGBY – DOG 1:12
2022 BRUMBIES RUGBY – TEAM 2 1:14
2022 BRUMBIES RUGBY – TEAM 1 5:16
Ned and Josh of 104.7 test their sheep herding skills

Ned and Josh from Hit 104.7 at Manuka Oval in 2023.

2023  Hit 104.7’s Ned + Josh visit Manuka Oval

In 2023 we celebrated 80 years of the Nationals in Canberra with a visit to Manuka Oval, the original home grounds of the trials, where Ned and Josh from Hit 104.7 joined the team to battle it out against Charlie in a time trial. The day was a huge success and enjoyed by all with Ned and Josh astonishingly penning their sheep in under 1.5 minutes, though they were no match for the Champion, Charlie Cover who shut the gate in 17 seconds. We had a giant ’80’ shaped presentation of scones with jam and cream to mark the occasion afterwards!

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2023  UC Capitals

Our President, Sarah, and her dogs paid a visit to the UC Caps ahead of their final home game of 2023. We loved supporting the UC Capitals – the energy is electric, the crowd is amazing and it’s a wonderful entertaining sport – fun for the whole family (much like sheepdog trialing)! In a nod to our favourite club, we’ve named the newest member of our team, ‘Swish’.

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2022  Brumbies Rugby

Brumbies Rugby tried their hand at Sheepdog Trialing for the first time in the lead up the to the 79th National Sheepdog Trial Championship. Two teams from the Brumbies took on Sugar and her owner Lauren for the quickest time to pen the sheep. The team we least expected may have pulled the wool over our eyes and secured the win!

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2024  In the News

1 March 2024
Dogs not sheepish about putting themselves and their humans on trial for the Nationals
The Riotact >

2023  In the News

17 March 2023
A giant plant sale, sheep dog trials, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular and more: 45+ ways to fill your weekend
Her Canberra >

9 March 2023
Get behind the national sheep dog trials in Hall
The Canberra Times >

9 March 2023
You’d be barking mad to miss it — the National Sheep Dog Trials are back
Her Canberra >

7 March 2023
Canberra celebrates 80 years of National Sheep Dog Trials
Canberra Weekly >

2022  In the News

11 March 2022
Love ABC’s Muster Dogs? The National Sheepdog Trial Championships come to Canberra next week
Her Canberra >

3 March 2022
It’s that time of year again when dogs and humans trial their best
About Regional >

2021  In the News

8 March 2021
National Sheep Dog Championships sniff out 82-year-old trialist
About Regional >

28 February 2021
National Sheep Dog Trials to test country’s best in Canberra
Goulburn Post >

2020  In the News

17 March 2020
Dogs have their day at the National Sheep Dog Trials in Canberra
The Guardian >

11 March 2020
National Sheep Dog Trials at Hall
The Canberra Times >

2018  In the News

18 April 2018
A working dog’s life has its trials
The Canberra Times >

2015  In the News

14 March 2015
Spike in number of women competitors at the National Sheep Dog Trial Championships
ABC News