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The New Zeland Sheep Dog Trial Association Incorporated consists 157 Sheep Dog Trial Clubs spread throughout the country. These  clubs are grouped for administration in to 13 centres. Each Centre has two representatives on the New Zealand Council, which administers the affairs of the New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Association Inc. under the direction of the executive committee as follows:

President: Mr Pat Coogan: 07 896 6379 or 027 669 4078

Vice President: Mr Kerry Pauling: 03.318 4048 or 021 0225 5974

Executive Committee: Clark Crystal, Vaughan Marfell, Roger Tweed

Interim Secretary: Debbie Pauling: 027 344 5182   email:

Promotions Officer: Jan Tairua: 027 496 1243   email:




08 April 2020 - Trans Tasman Dog Trial Test

After discussion with our Australian counterparts, the 2020 Trans Tasman Dog Trial Test which was to be held in Tasmania in October 2020 has officially been cancelled. The 2021 Test will be held in Tasmania in October 2021.


03 April 2020 - Further Update from our President regarding remainder of the 2020 Season (Click Here for details)




22 March 2020  - Update from our President

To all members and stakeholders 

By now most of you will be aware for the large number of club trials that have been cancelled. 

Due to circumstances beyond our control the South Island and New Zealand Championships are now officially cancelled. 

The South Island and New Zealand Championships for 2021 will be hosted by Southland. The Wairarapa and Southern Hawkes Bay Centre have been given the opportunity to host the 2021 North Island Championships. This would mean the championship roster, as printed in the ‘bible’ would go back one year. 

I will be issuing another notice on 3rd April 2020 regarding the Council Meeting, AGM and other meetings, along with information on nominations, remits, reports etc. 

I thank you ALL for your understanding and patience in these unprecedented circumstances. 

Kindest regards, Pat Coogan


19 March 2020 - Update from our President Regarding Championships

To all members and stakeholders

Due to circumstances beyond our control the North Island Championships, which were to be held in Masterton are officially cancelled. 




17 March 2020 - Notice from our President regarding Covid-19

To all members and stakeholders

Having been in discussion with the full executive and major sponsors, at present the North Island, South Island and New Zealand Championships will remain in place.

This situation requires daily monitoring, which I, along with the full executive are doing.

As this is an evolving situation I believe we should not panic but rather make informed decisions.

Be assured that you will be updated as more information or directives are received from the authorities.

I see no reason why club trials should not go ahead.

Kind regards, Pat Coogan (President)


2020 Qualifying Points

 After consultation with all councillors, the large majority are in favour of decreasing the qualifying points for the North Island and New Zealand championships for 2020.


Points required for 2020 North Island Championships -  4 Points

Points Required for 2020 New Zealand Championships – 5 Points

Centre Championships qualifying criteria remains the same.


This adjustment applies to North & South Island competitors and is for the 2020 season only.





to our very own

 Steph Tweed

Winner of the Skellerup Rural Sportwoman of the Year


Sally Mallinson 

Finalist of the Levno Contribution to Rural Sport

The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards are all about honoring people from young athletes who are just starting, to life time achievers, and those who work away in the background to make sure rural sports survive  

Sally and Steph you are both awesome ambassadors of our sport, NZSDTA and its members are thirlled to see you both honoured in this way.








At all dog trials at every centre and club in New Zealand it is mandatory that "All classes and types of dogs entering trial grounds must have Ovis Certificates of no more than 30 days prior to trial."

This approved Council recommendation,without exception, is to be strictly enforced and applies to all dogs, competing or otherwise, present on trial grounds.

Dogs are to remain in vehicles until certificates have been checked.


Congratulations to the

 New Zealand Test Team

****2019 WINNERS Wayleggo Cup***


Andy Clark (Captain) & Girl

Neville Child & Harry

Guy Peacock & Chief

Stuart Child & Brodie

Henry Gaddum (Reserve) & Tau 

Special thanks to our Principal Sponsor Purina Pro Plan
and supporting sponsors Alleva and  CP Wools
Thanks too, to Wendy Schmidt

Tux North Island & New Zealand 2019 Championships

Final Results (click here)