Welcome to the Tasmanian Working Sheepdog Association

Congratulations on visiting the T.W.S.D.A website. By choosing to look here you will be amazed with what Tasmanian Sheep Dog Trialing has to offer.

Whether you are a tourist, a local or a keen competitor, you will find all the information required on one convenient site.

Follow the series, check out all the latest trial results and keep a keen eye on your favourite dog and worker combo’s progress on the consistency award leadership section.

If you are a visitor to Tasmania and are looking for exciting activities to add to your itinerary, then check out our events calendar for dates and venues all around our great island and come experience sheepdogs up close and in action.

Pyengana 3 Sheet double trial – Tassie course and Trans Tasman @ Pyengana Recreational Ground
Mar 30 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 1 @ 11:00 pm

Pyengana is a village in north-east Tasmania, Australia. At the 2006 census, Pyengana had a population of 123. It is part of the Break O’Day Council administrative region.
Over the Easter Weekend it comes alive with a carnival atmosphere. Wood chopping and many local events. However the main attraction is the sheepdog trials held at the recreational ground. Come and see Tassie best battle it out.

Friday afternoon the novice trial will be held for the young inexperienced dogs.

Saturday, starting at 7.30am, the Open dogs will compete for the winner of the CopRice Open trial.

Sunday morning the Open dogs will again compete but on a Trans Tasman course.  This is the course used internationally when Australia takes on New Zealand.

Pyengana sheep trial @ Pyengana Recreational ground
Apr 14 @ 8:34 am – Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm
Agfest Field day 3 sheep trial. @ Agfest site.
May 3 @ 8:00 am – May 5 @ 4:30 pm


Sheep Dog Trials run for the 3 days of Agfest opposite the Dairy Feature at the eastern end of Main Street. You will see the best Tasmanian sheep dogs in action. The dogs, guided by their owners, encourage a small number of sheep to move in, through and over a number of typical farm obstacles. The obstacles can include ramps, gates and sheep pens. This is all happens under the watchful eye of the judges who are busy putting scores on paper. The action runs over the three days of Agfest with 23 handlers and 60 dogs working on both Thursday and Friday. The top 16 dogs then work Saturday.  

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President’s Report


2016-17 trial season has come and gone with several notable events.


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Become a Member

View more information on how to join as a member of the Tasmanian Working Sheepdog Association, and become involved in the great sport of sheepdog trialing!

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View TWSDA forms, documents and important information online.
From registration forms to rule books, we trust that you will find what you’re looking for.

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