Exclusive – Taranaki Sheep Dog Trials 2018

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Taranaki Sheep Dog Trials – Exclusive to Country TV

We are thrilled to announce that Country TV will bring the 2018 Taranaki Sheep Dog Trials to the big screen in 6 Episodes from Wednesday, 22 August – 26 September at 8.30pm!


 Episode On Air Time
Episode 1/6 22 Aug 2018 8.30pm
Episode 2/6 29 Aug 2018 8.30pm
Episode 3/6  5 Sep 2018 8.30pm
Episode 4/6 12 Sep 2018 8.30pm
Episode 5/6 19 Sep 2018 8.30pm
Episode 6/6 26 Sep 2018 8.30pm


The annual event is held in July with more than 100 competitors and 220 sheep dogs taking part to show off their skills at the Hawera Showgrounds.

The event attracts a broad audience each year and is a must for farmers, vets, animal trainers and psychologists. But the sport also expanded its audience over the past few years with more and more passionate dog lovers competing in the Trial.

The entrants and their dogs must run three sheep within 10 minutes through seven obstacles on the showground floor. But it’s not all about time! Flair, obedience and skill of both, the trainer and the dogs are judged, with points deducted for biting the sheep or causing them to do a full 360° turn.



Highlights of this Year’s Event

The Taranaki Indoor Sheep Dog Trial held their first event in July 2009 with the main aim to encourage more young people to the sport of sheepdog trialling. From there on the event grew continuously until this year when the event registered a total of 220 dogs for the competition from all over the North Island.

The highlight last year was that, for the first time in the event history, the competition was judged by a lady – Judge Wendy Schmidt formerly from Levin, now Rewa, Hunterville. And an even bigger thrill was club member Anna Hardwick -Smith from Eltham winning the event – the second lady to do so, after Wendy Schmidt, who won the competition in 2015. This year Anna Hardwick-Smith made the second place, only one point behind the winner R Mead, from Gisborne.

This year the Taranaki Sheep Dog Trials will have 5 novices competing for the first time and 20 ladies running 46 dogs between them. We will also see Laurie Horsfall and Raid, proud winners of the North Island Shorthead Championship, competing in the Trials.

Tune in Wednesday nights on Country TV to see the proud winners of the 2018 Taranaki Sheep Dog Trials!




For the Community

The club started off from scratch with very little funds, but has grown enormously with the ongoing support of Hawera and Taranaki wide businesses. And the Club is giving back to the community who support the event so generously each year. Since 2014 the club has supported each alternative year the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter and St John Hawera, through which a total of $12,000 has been donated to these two vital services.