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Trans-Tasman Sheepdog Trial - FREE Event

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Come along with your family & watch this heritage sport

The Bungendore & District Sheepdog Association is hosting the annual Trans Tasman Sheep Dog Trial at Bungendore Showground on from 4 to 7 July 2019. Entry is FREE for spectators and all are welcome to come along - including dogs on leads.

First light on a freezing winter morning at Bungendore's long flat shows a passion and dedication for the heritage sport of sheepdog trialling. With an excess of warm layers, watch the handlers set out with their dogs, to navigate three wily sheep through a complex set of obstacles.

This year's event has a record number of entries; 200 dogs will be competing and 48 handlers!

Each competitor effectively has a support team, the let-out; people who manage and release three sheep for each competitor, the box; people who keep time, the Canteen; that sustains the workers and spectators with hearty food, and the judges; who must watch intently and score every misstep for each 15 minutes of the trial.

The Trans Tasman Sheepdog Trial was established to provide a clever playing field for competition between Australia and New Zealand, a combination of Australia and New Zealand rules, with the aim that the best in Australia and the best in New Zealand can compete annually. The course is run with 3 fresh sheep for each competitor. Four obstacles must be negotiated and the course completed in 15 minutes.

Bungendore & District Sheepdog association will be providing delicious morning and afternoon teas as well as good hearty country food for lunch.

Each day competition starts around 7.30am through to 4.30pm with finals on Sunday.

Rug up and come along with your whole family and watch this heritage sport and support the local Bungendore District Sheepdog Club. This small club aims, with the help of expert instructors, to promote good stock work, educate handlers and provide a friendly, enjoyable experience.

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When: Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th July
Where: Bungendore Showground, Matthews Lane, Bungendore
Cost: Free
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What could be more Aussie than this. Sheep dogs and rivalry from across the ditch.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 482 days ago
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