Working Cattle Dog Trials

The fifteenth annual Working Cattle Dog Trial will be held at Bundaberg Agrotrend on Friday April 27th & Saturday April 28th, 2018.


Nominations are expected from competitors from Central, Northern, & Southern Queensland & Northern NSW for the event. It is expected that up to 80 dogs will compete in each of the Maiden/ Novice combined & Open Trials.


Local dog handlers are more than welcome to compete- a chance to test your dog’s skills & perhaps get you involved in a new sport.  The Working Cattle Dog Trials are held in the open air arena adjacent to the ping pong ball drop site.


The Open trial will commence at 8am on Friday April 27th with Judge Alan Cardelli from Benaraby following on to a  combined Maiden/ Novice trial to be judged by Mick Seeney, Kandanga with the Novice/Maiden continuing on from 8am Saturday April 28thThe Top 10 scorers in the Open & Novice trials will then compete in the individual finals at approx 11am Saturday.


The trials will be run under the Rules of the Queensland Working Cattle Dog Trial Association Inc (QWCDTAI) with dogs vying for points towards the Annual Dog of the Year (Novice & Open) which is finalised for 2018 on the 30th June, as well as the prizes on offer. Most of the dogs in the top 20 placings for these awards (Novice & Open) will be competing at Agro Trend assuring some good competition. This year there will be 23 trials held all over Queensland that are affiliated with QWCDTAI.


The trial commences with three cattle being let out of a yard for the dog to cast around & bring them back to be held in the holding area where the handler is. When this is completed the handler, cattle & dog proceed around a designated course that is   completed when the cattle are put out of the arena at the finishing yard. Time allowed to complete the course is 6minutes. (Course is designed to simulate a mini paddock situation)


The cattle have been educated with dogs, as weaners, by Barrie & Elizabeth Hughes (Electra) & though quiet will test the dogs & competitors skills out, as they do every year.


: For enquiries or to nominate please phone Barrie or Elizabeth Hughes 07 41 579575.


The 2018 Queensland Championships will be held at Bauhinia (Central Qld) on August  3rd to 5th with big numbers expected for the event.

The Australian Championships combined with the 2018 State of Origin Qld vs NSW will be held at Grafton, NSW on September 28th to 30th .


The Association has approx 180 members in all areas of the State (some interstate); anyone wishing to obtain further information or becoming a member can contact the Treasurer, Elizabeth Hughes (Electra via Bundaberg) Ph 07 41 579575/ 0438 339575


Trial Dates & Results, Dog Pedigree’s etc can be found at