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Welcome to the Queensland Working Sheepdog Association Inc

The QWSDAI is made up of a group of people who work three sheep through a designated course using a sheepdog ( Border Collies or Kelpies) to obtain a score out of 100 points.

“The Queensland Working Sheepdog Association was started to promote the Working Sheep Dog and its work to the general public and amongst sheep breeders. The QWSDAI aims to encourage and develop a high standard of working sheep dog (Border Collies and Kelpies) and to help promote, encourage and assist the running of sheepdog trials, including 3 Sheep ( arena), Utility, Yard and Short course trials.”

Since the early days of colonization of Australia the sheepdog has played a prominent part in the pastoral industry. These remarkable dogs whose ancestors came to Australia from the Collie bloodlines of Scotland continue to be an important member of any team where sheep are farmed in a cost effective operation.

Read more about the QWSDA history and process

The sport of sheepdog Trials first got underway in this country in 1870 at Forbes in the western district of New South Wales and is a popular hobby today both for the primary producer who have their dogs for work and recreation and to the sheepdog enthusiast who pursues this sport for pleasure and to keep alive the tradition of the bush.

The complex judging process that today decides the winners through a marked course of three obstacles being a gap, bridge and pen remain as it was 140 years ago with some small refinements.

Through the various Trial Committees the QWSDAI conducts 23 trials across southern Queensland from January to November. Today Queensland boasts an average of 200 runs per trial which makes it an extremely grueling competition attracting many top handlers and their very clever and well trained dogs. Our sport is an excellent medium to promote and advertise a living Australian Icon.

Stanthorpe Show Dogpro Sheep Dog Trial, 3, 4, 5, February, 2023 @ Stanthorpe Show
Feb 3 – Feb 5 all-day

Entry form and information


Please note:  Bank details for Stanthorpe sheepdog trial –

for direct deposits please.

Account Name:  Stanthorpe Agricultural Society

BSB – 084 927 A/C – 712699 534
Please use reference with your SURNAME.




Clifton Show Dogpro Sheep Dog Trial February 17, 18, 19 February, 2023 @ Clifton Show
Feb 17 – Feb 19 all-day
Inglewood Dogpro 3 Sheep Dog Trial 24, 25th, 26th February, 2023 @ Inglewood Showground
Feb 24 – Feb 25 all-day

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Meet our President

Barry Knight, QWSDAI President

I’ve been involved in working dogs all of my life. After having 25 years away from trialing I returned in 2015.
I look forward to seeing sheep dog trials and competitor numbers continue to grow in this great sport.

Become a Member

View more information on how to join as a member – you can start in our encourage trials, and there are always friendly people who are happy to help you learn.

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View QWDSA 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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View the latest QWDSA results to keep up to date with the Queensland trials. The results are updated regularly, and some also include photos and videos.

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