The TWSDA is hosting the 2022 Supreme Australian Sheepdog Championships and Trans Tasman Test Series which will be held on 15 – 23rd October at Campbell Town War Memorial Grounds.
The Australian Working Sheepdog Association has some wonderful information on the Supreme which can be found HERE. This includes the Rules, List of Past Winners and the course.
To learn a little about the history of the Trans Tasman competition as well as the Rulebook and course details click HERE
Aust and NZ will be competing for the Wayleggo Cup in Oct at Campbell Town in Tasmania. This is the ultimate competition between dog triallers in both countries. Who will have bragging rights ?
The Test matches will commence on Friday the 21st of October at 7pm under lights. Second Test will be the next morning ,Saturday 22nd of October, after the Supreme Top 20.
The final test will be on Sunday morning after the Supreme Top 10.
If you have any interest in working dogs then this is a great opportunity to watch the best handlers and dogs from both countries.
History and explanation of the Wayleggo cup .
Each year Australia and New Zealand compete against each other for the Wayleggo Cup. Each country takes it in turn to host and organise a test series. The Wayleggo Cup was first presented by the New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Association in 1994 for the Trans Tasman competition.
Inspired by Tony Shield, the President of the New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Association at the time.
The term ‘wayleggo’ is an abbreviation for the ‘come away and let go’ command used by musterers and shepherds in New Zealand to call their dogs back from the stock they are working, usually over a very long distance. New Zealand is the current holder of this cup. Australia won in 1985,1990,1992,1993,1995,2000,2004, the first win competing in New Zealand was in 2005 and successfully defended at Narrandera in 2006. Further wins 2007,2009,2012 and 2013
Each series consists of two tests, and the country with the highest combined aggregate wins the Cup.
Each team is made up of four competitors, with each country having a selection process to determine the team members. In Australia, the two best performing dogs from each of the six states compete against each other over three rounds, which are held on a Trans Tasman course. The four competitors with the top aggregate scores then become the Australian Test Team for the succeeding test series. The NZ Team is chosen from among the finalists at the North/South Island & NZ Championships.
The competition started in 1985 as a competition between New Zealand and Queensland. The Australian Sheepdog Workers’ Association was formed in 1988, and from 1990 assumed responsibility for the Trans Tasman competition, holding this event at Deloraine in Tasmania in 1990.
The competition is conducted over a special course with its own rules, developed specifically for the Trans Tasman competition. It is a mix of both Australian and New Zealand rules. The Trans Tasman course consists of 4 obstacles – a gate, a Maltese cross, a ramp and a pen. Australian rules apply as far as the gate, followed by a NZ drive through the Maltese cross and over the ramp, then back into an Australian carry to the pen. In the New Zealand sections competitors are allowed to assist their dog more than in the Australian section, thus showing their stockmanship skills.
The course must be completed in 15 minutes. There are two judges, one from each country, whose scores are averaged.