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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

Secretary: Debbie Pauling: 027 344 5182   email:

Promotions Officer: Jan Tairua: 027 496 1243   email:


04 December 2021
Covid-19 - Message from the NZSDTA President

The NZ Government mandated COVID-19 Protection Framework (“CPF”), which is the new 3-level traffic light system come into effect from, Friday, 3rd December 2021, to keep our communities safe.

I understand that there is much discussion and perhaps confusion around just where we as an organisation sit with regard to vaccination requirements.

On December 13th the government are revisiting the traffic light system and percentage of vaccinated people and will likely make further announcements at that time.

This is an ever-evolving situation and given that the majority of our hill trials do not commence until late in January, I believe that it is too early to make any firm decisions at this time.

We ask that all members adhere to government directives and guidelines. For the latest Covid-19 information visit:  Unite against COVID-19 (

Thank you for your understanding and patience through these challenging times.  Please take care, stay safe, respect others and their opinions.

Pat Coogan
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  2022 Championship Dates 
 South Island Championships (hosted by North Otago Centre) 
Commencing Monday 2nd May 2022 @ Omakau-Earnscleugh Collie Club
 North Island & New Zealand Championship (hosted by King Country Centre)
Commencing Monday 30th May 2022 @ Taumarunui Collie Club


  2021 New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Trans Tasman Test Team   

Guy Peacock and Slim  (Captain) 

Eion Herbert and Bell

Brian Dickison and Cole

Neil Evans and Lad

Neville Child and Harry (Reserve)

The Test is purposed to be held in Tasmania in October 2021.

Message from the NZSDTA President  - August 2021

Regrettably, due to the extreme uncertainty of safe travel with the ongoing Covid-19 situation,  I wish to advise  that the New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Associations’ test team will not be travelling to Tasmania for the impending Trans Tasman test series in October.

This decision has not been an easy one, but in the end it is apparent that we cannot travel with confidence, due to the airline policies and government isolation rules that are continuously changing thus bringing significant financial risk.


Sally Mallinson

Joint Winner in the Toyota Lifetime Legacy Section

of the Prestigious Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards 2021
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   
The NZSDTA are immensley proud of you Sally and delighted that you have received this recognition for the tireless effort you put in to our sport at national, regional and local levels. 


2019 New Zealand Dog Trial Test Team
 WINNERS Wayleggo Cup

Photo kindly supplied by Natalie White
Trans Tasman Test Series held in Nelson November 2019
L-R Pat Coogan (NZ President & Team Manager); Andy Clark (Captain) Neville Child; Guy Peacock;
Stuart Child; Graeme White (NZ Judge). Not pictured Henry Gaddum (Reserve) 
Special thanks to our Principal Sponsor Purina Pro Plan
and supporting sponsors Alleva and  CP Wools
Thanks too, to Wendy Schmidt








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.