by Barbara M Cooper

Background To Sheep Dog Trials
Sheep Dog Trials In Australia
The "FORBES" Sheep Dog Trial and 'KINGS KELPIE'
 Early Rules & Courses For Trials

Sydney Sheep Dog Trials Results 1886-1947
1886 On
1900 On
1920 On
1930 On
National Sheep Dog Trial Results Canberra 1943-1969
1943 On
1950 On
1960 On


The claim "mine is better than yours" so commonly used down through time resulted in 'matches', 'challenges' or competitions between individuals which were gradually extended and became the basis of the competitions which are now firmly entrenched as sports throughout the world.

Historically it is difficult to decide when, what and where the first official sheepdog trial took place. Bala in North Wales is usually quoted as having conducted the first trial on 18th October 1873. Halsall 1982 "Sheepdog Trials" sights the first trial in Scotland in the early 1870s at Pentland Hills won by James Gradner's Sly "..( a pretty little black and tan bitch with a strong 'eye'). Sly was particularly good in the outwork and at the shedding and she earned 1 pound in beating a big black dog handled by a local man, Robert Russell. Sly ran second at the West Linton trials a year or so later."

The Bala trial was held in October, 1873. at which 10 dogs were entered and the trial comprised two separate tests of gathering, driving and shedding over course distances of 500 and 800 yards. In the first test three Welsh mountain sheep were released from ".. the arms of the sturdy Welshmen who had charge of this portion of the entertainment; while at the same moment the performing colley <sic> was turned off by his master, and man and dog used their endeavours to drive the wild and unruly beasts into a small pen with an entrance of about six feet wide, situated at some 500 yards distance from the fold whence the game started" [The Field 18/10/73] The 4 most successful dogs from the first test were selected and took part in a second trial which required to cast out and gather three fresh sheep liberated some 800 yards distant and bring them through a gateway to his master.. The trial was won by Jamie Thomson working the Scottish-bred Tweed..."a small black and tan dog, with a white forefoot, very compactly built, with an intelligent foxy head and fair coat." who.."had already won a special prize in a contest for the best looking competitor" The following are extracts from the 'The Field' describing Tweeds two runs. Tweed "... soon showed us what ought to be done and the way to do it, commencing leisurely, without frightening his charges, and swinging easily outside of and well away from the three sheep - not by any means an obliging trio - he, with very little human aid, got them right up to the pen, past which they rushed at best pace, but the canny Scot, put over a wall by his master - a bit of a swagger, some thought headed them unseen, and quickly returned the sheep to Mr Thomson..............'Not caught yet' though; for, resisting human attempts at imprisonment, the next instance saw them up the rocks and into the crowd, favouring in one way the dog by keeping together,.............. Tweed soon had them down, displaying great pace and wonderful obedience, and in fourteen minutes all three were popped in, amid loud cheers............." In the second section Tweed's run is described ".....started from the crown of the hill, at once saw his three sheep, who had run up to the top hedge of the large grass field where they were turned out, and, going at a tremendous pace, brought them without a check straight down to and through the required gate, dropping to a signal at least a hundred yards away from his master ....."


Competitions between owners of sheepdogs has been a part of Australian pastoral history for over 100 years - with trials being held in Australia earlier than the 1873 Bala trial. Whilst the sport was developing in both countries at roughly the same period of time - the course and test requirements were developed differently. In the U K the trials appear to have been conducted on the commons and the dogs required to work 3 and later more commonly 5 sheep with a driving and shedding component. In Australia, possible because of the large unfenced areas, the trials took place on local Showgrounds with the dog required to 'gather' 3 sheep, not necessarily liberated on the arena, and work them through a test as directed by the judge and pen them. References to trial competition in early newspapers quite clearly indicate that there was no standard course or structured rules. The trial won by Brutus the black and tan dog imported by Mr Robinson for Messrs Elliot and Allen was a very difficult test judging by the published description as follows:- "......... The performance of this dog was something wonderful. Three sheep were let loose and taken outside the ground and the dog upon word being given brought then into the ground and across through a crowd of people running here, there and every where in a manner which would confuse a human being, to the pen, without so much as a bark. So uncommonly well did this shepherds friend behave himself that the other competitors resigned all claim to the prize, and would not put their dogs upon trial."

When the WKC was formed one of the aims was to research the origin of our Kelpie a task for
which I was fortunate to have the guidance and support of the late Stuart Hume, a well regarded
historian whose relatives originally owned the property "Yarrawonga" where "Rutherfords Moss"
was bred. Stuart insisted that each and every published account of Kelpie background be researched for
documentation to support the data. In due course it became obvious because of the perpetuation of
the same errors that each new account had been based on a previous edition without any sort of
check. For instance the Kings were quoted in Dr R B Kelly's "Sheep Dogs" p.7 "My grandfather,
John King of Hanging Rock Station ,Wagga was the first to import these dogs to Australia in
1825...." John King, son of Thomas, was born in 1825. John King purchased Hanging Rock
station from Mrs Susannah Brown in 1873 and the transfer gazetted in 1874 - a time frame error of
approximately 50 years.
Over the years a number of writers have incorrectly quoted the date of the Forbes Trial at which
Kings Kelpie competed. Their references have obviously been based on 'hearsay' rather than
research. It would appear that the writers, perhaps keen to be considered authorities, accepted
without question the words of the King family and/or Kaleski both of whom are quoted as the
source of the incorrect data.
Because the records of Forbes Newspapers prior to 1880 had been destroyed by a fire, it was
difficult, in the first instance, to obtain any reference as to when this first Forbes Trial took place.
By sheer luck one of our research team, Shirley Drew, happened upon a write up of the first trial in
Sydney Newspaper.

The following accounts clearly show that the trial at which Kings Kelpie competed was 1879 not
1872 as is invariably quoted. All three of the following published accounts clearly shows that Kings
Kelpie and Gibson's Tweed divided for first a fact never acknowledged by either the King family
or Kaleski. According to a published letter written by C T W King he broke Kings Kelpie in to
sheepwork and she was four years old when she competed at Forbes.
foundation President being Josiah Strickland and foundation Secretary William Brooke. The first
show took place in 1873. Research of the published Show results between 1873 and 1879 finds
no reference to sheepdog trials. It was at the 6th Annual Show that a class for sheepdogs was
included and this is the year 'Kings Kelpie' when competed. The following account of the trial
appeared in the August 1879 Town & Country newspaper. "Forbes Thursday- The pastoral and
Agricultural show has been fairly successful, notwithstanding the unfavourable weather. Messrs
Burcher and Strickland took the chief prizes for thoroughbred horses. In draught stock Messrs
Strickland and Walsh were the principal prize takers. The cattle were rather poor, but the sheep
good. Mr Dowling took champion prize with merinos, bred on Genanagie station. Mr Pearson, of
Wongagong, took the other prizes. Edols and Co. took the prize for best two-tooth ewe. The
champion ram and ewe were station-bred from the well-known Genangie flocks of Messrs R
Dowling and Co. They were grand animals. At the trial of sheep-dogs today, there were seven
entries, including some of the best dogs in the colonies. After some severe tests the judges divided
between Mr Charles King's Kelpie and Mr C F Gibson's Tweed. The latter dog was sent for
specially from Tasmania to compete. Both dogs worked magnificently, and it is likely that the
amount of first prize (20 guineas) will be doubled, so that both owners will get equal money.
Flockmasters came from distances of 150 miles to see the trail, and avowed that it was the
grandest contest they ever saw. The dogs worked one and three sheep respectively, and
notwithstanding the continuous rain, some hundreds of people watched the trials for six hours with
unflagging interest. The town is full of visitors. The dinner and ball took place last night, and about
60 persons were present"
Another account appeared in the Parkes and Forbes Gazette 8th August. " Rain all day, and
water and mud everywhere - From dawn to dusk it came down without intermission, rendering the
road quagmire. Nevertheless a goodly number braved the storm to go and witness the sheep dog
trials, an through they had faced discomfort, those who went were well rewarded, as they
witnessed, perhaps the most interesting, and even exciting contest ever seen at Forbes. The
intelligence, patience and skill shown by the dogs was something marvellous and after witnessing
what they, unaided, merely at a signal from their masters, were enabled to perform, we can
thoroughly believe there is a great deal in darwinism. The trial took place in the outer part of the
Show ground, the condition being that each dog should work 3 sheep, and without assistance from
his master put them in a yard 10 yards square. Each dog was allowed a quarter of an hour, and no
one, save the judges, were permitted to go within 100 yards of the pen. Messrs Mylechrane,
Webster and Waugh were judges and there were seven entries. viz: J Gleeson's Corby, C King's
Kelpie, G A Hearn's Rover, R Smith's Lassie, C T Gibson's Tweed and Bet, & E Gerard's Topsy.

To describe the manner in which each dog did his allotted task - coolly, without hurry and without
mistake would be impossible. In their hands the sheep were under the most perfect command and
all present, were unanimous in declaring, that this was the feature of the Show and that the
committee had kept the best to the last.
Of course everyone, got a good drenching, but the sport afforded, amply atoned for it. The prize
was divided between Mr King's black and tan bitch Kelpie and Mr Gibson's black and tan dog
Tweed. We, in the name of all, are greatly indebted to Mr Dennis for initiating the dog contest and
trust to see many more such, as nothing is of greater value to a squatter that to encourage the breed
of good sheep dogs.
Sydney Mail: August 9 1879 p 17
"At the trial of sheep-dogs today, there were seven entries,
including some of the best dogs in the colonies. After some severe tests the judges divided between
Mr Charles King's Kelpie and Mr C F Gibson's Tweed. The latter dog was sent for specially from
Tasmania to compete. Both dogs worked magnificently and it is likely that the amount of
prizemoney (20 Guineas) will be doubled, so that both owners will get equal money. Flockmasters
came from a distance of 150 miles to see the trial and avowed that it was the grandest contest ever.
The dogs worked one and three sheep respectively etc etc. "

1880 FORBES SHOW again included a sheepdog trial. <p326 14/8/80. Town & Country.>
"On Friday the trial of sheepdogs took place when Mr Gibson's dog carried off first prize. The
other dogs who were entered were not of much account and this part of the show was much better
contested than at last years exhibition." Judges: Messrs G H Greene, Edward Webster, John Dent.
1 C Gibson's Rover <prize 15 Gns> 2 E Jarrards B/W bitch <5 Gns>. PUPPIES: 1 E Garrards
Tweed, 2 C S Gibsons Scout."

1881 FORBES SHOW and third annual sheepdog trial- August 1881. <p4 Parkes and Forbes
"The sheepdog trials was far the most interesting part of the whole show, came off on Friday and
drew together a very large concourse of people, fully 600 being present, who watched the
wonderfully clever dogs and sagacious evolutions of the dogs, with great interest.
All the dogs worked splendidly, and the judges Messrs Govan and Dent, had difficulty in deciding
as to their merits - the marvellous way in which the well trained animals worked the sheep being a
treat to witness - The result of the trial were as under:. All aged dogs. 1st 5 Gns, 2nd 2 gns. H
King's Clyde and C S Gibson's Grand Flaneur equal. R Townsend's Laddy, H King's Moss, C W
Brown's Young Moss, and G Thompson's Dick competed. Puppy Stakes: R (H) King's Clyde 1.
W L Garrard's Tweed 2., W Townsend's Laddy and C S Gibson's Mata tied for 3rd. Some
amusement was occasioned on Saturday through Grand Flaneur and Clyde yarding Turkeys and
Fowls. The intelligent brutes worked them quite as well as sheep and the latter afterwards managed
to drive them home to Osborne. He also shepherded and penned a chicken. Such animals must be
invaluable to their owners, and no wonder they are highly prized."

By the 1880s sheepdog trials in Australia had become a popular sport. It has yet to be established exactly when a standardised course was generally adopted in Australia. Until the formation of the Sheepdog Workers Associations it appears that the organisers drew up their own course; tests and rules. This was certainly true for the trials conducted at Sydney firstly by the Agricultural Society and a little later by NSW Sheepbreeders. The rules and regulations for the events conducted on the Sydney Showground in conjunction with the Easter Show 1891 for instance provided 2 classes- the first for "Dogs or Sluts (any age) " and the second for "Puppy Dog or Slut (under 12 months old" were as follows:-
1  That dogs shall work three sheep in the first instance, and subsequently any number the Judges may appoint.
Size of the yard to be three hurdles long and one hurdle wide, and hurdles nine feet long.
3 The owner of any dog competing for a prize shall not be allowed to assist his dog in yarding the sheep.
The owner shall be allowed to accompany his dog to the boundary before starting him, but shall restrict          himself to the said boundary, and shall not be allowed to go outside the boundary. The boundary the owner is allowed to go to is one hundred yards every way from the pen where the sheep are to be yarded.
5. Distances to be shown by stakes(with flags) driven into the ground fifty yards apart.
6. Time to be taken from the start of the dog
7. Any person or persons bringing dogs on the ground and allowing them to run loose, either by mistake or otherwise, shall be fined the sum of 10 shillings.
8. If any person shall ill-use his dog he shall be fined 1 pound. In the event of the said person refusing to pay the fine he shall be disqualified from running a dog at any future meeting.
9. The Judges shall award the prize to whichever they deem the best working dog, whether such dog yard his sheep or not.
10. The Judges decision shall be final in all cases without recourse.
11. The time for working dogs shall be 10 minutes for each competitor but this may be extended by permission of the Committee.

In heats of 1897 trial the second conducted by the NSW Sheepbreeders Association. The dogs were required to "round-up 3 sheep" and put them through 2 passages between hurdles 4'6" apart and then into a yard within 10 minutes. In the finals the time was extended to 15 minutes and 2 poles positioned 5 feet apart was substituted for the second set of hurdles.

In 1901 the course had been altered and the dogs were required to put their sheep between 2 hurdles, thread the cross and conclude with the yard. The trial in 1903 drew an entry of 34 dogs and ".. an appreciable improvement instituted on the suggestion of Mr Walter Suttor, was a small pen to hold the sheep, in place of the old style of holding <the sheep> before the start. Mr Suttor also clipped the wool from around the eyes" The course that year was:- round 2 flags, through the hurdles, round a 3rd flag, through the cross in two different directions and holding in a pen.

A record of 40 entries was received for the 1904 trial and the course changed. The Maltese cross and hurdles were replaced by a race and bridge similar to those in use today. The race and bridge ".....proved altogether too much for the workers, or the majority of them at least. The sheep seemed to be afraid of these obstacles, owing, some sheepmen contend, to the battens being painted white instead of some sombre colour..." The idea that sheep re-act adversely to white appears to have been generally supported at that time. The King and McLeod owned Hindhope Jed a black, tan and white imported bitch even had her white markings dyed to help overcome the unsettling affect her white had on the sheep!!!!.

It is interesting to note that the Maltese cross used in the Welsh course required, according to the diagram, the sheep to be passed straight through one way and then straight through again at right angles. In the case of the cross used at Sydney the sheep had to take a right angled route being turned within the cross instead of going straight through- and this had to be completed twice. A description of just how this was achieved has yet to be found.

Workers were not restricted to using a 'pointer' of a maximum length. In several photos the workers seem to be using long handled whips- and there is a written account of the accidental cracking of the whip by the handler upsetting his dog. Early photographs show the worker positioned very much closer to the obstacle than is permitted today. The regulations for 1903 stated ".... Pegs were fixed at the hurdles and cross; inside these pegs the 'handlers' were not supposed to go, but several did and helped their dogs unblushingly. The pegs were discarded for the final." References to the handler being cautioned for being too close and giving his dog too much help at the obstacle are often encountered. That the assumption was sometimes wrong is exampled in the newspaper write up of the trials at Wagga 1898 In describing Coil's run in the finals the journalist went on to say - "...and landed right opposite the gate of the pen, but breaking around the old champion, Coil was up to his work and soon had them again with their heads into the gate of the pen. The judge here thinking Jack was too close and may render his dog assistance, called out to him to keep away from the pen, whereupon he turned and walked right away, and the champion sheep dog of the present day when left all the responsibility, with an excellent move, landed the sheep safely into the pen with a half a minute to spare, ....... "

Obviously 'crossing' was not a disqualifying fault in the early days - Earlier in the description quoted above Coil ".... was a bit eager at the start and ran between his sheep, but then bunched first class....." There are frequent references to dogs crossing and still gaining the maximum 100 points. Research material to hand describing various country trials conducted in conjunction with Pastoral and Agricultural Shows suggest that the Maltese cross was not part of the course. In most cases there appears to have been 2 sets of hurdles or 'gaps' and a pen. The time allowed was usually 15 minutes but this was often reduced to 10.

Although not yet fully researched- one of the first NSW references to the existence of a Sheepdog Trial Workers Association is 1927. The Victorian Association was founded about this time and has an uninterrupted record of service to the sport whereas the NSW association went into recess during World War 11 and was reformed again after the war. The course now in use in NSW is very little different to those used at the Sydney Sheep Show Sheepdog trials following the deletion of the maltese cross in 1904. There have however been a number of changes to the rules and the way the trials are judged and points allotted. Owners currently interested in Sheepdog Trial competition could contact their State Sheepdog Workers Association for copy of up to date Rules and Regulations.


The following are the NSW Sheepbreeders' Sydney Sheepdog Trial results 1886 - 1947.

1896: 1st Quinn's GAY; 2nd Flood's....B/T DOG 2yrs.; 3rd H.R.Murrays.Boozer; 4th H.C.Banbury's ...7year old dog.

1897: Judges: Messrs J Vincent Dowling, N Mc Callum, & H White. D T Tully steward.
1st Webb's JENNY 96pt; 2nd Quinn's ROSE 90pts; 3rd T Brodies blk/t male 89pts; 4th J Quinns GAY; 5th Bakers collie slut; 6th C E Flood's Kenneth.

1898:1st Quinn's COIL 200; 2nd tied Newell's YARRIE or Yarra 186.& Lindsay's SPARK 186; 4th Beaties'......185; 5th tied Hale's TOPSY & Sigg's SKIPPER

1899:1st Webb's JENNY 176pts; 2nd Willis's WALLACE 151pts; 3rd Quinn's COIL 150 pts; 4th Murhpy's DARKIE 146pts; 5th Baker's LASS 137 pts; 6th Nolan's FINN 114 pts.

1900:1st Newell's YARRIE 175 pts; 2nd Beatie's FROLIC 168 pts.; 3rd Maiden's NEEDLE 162 pts; 4th Beverage's COAL QUEEN 132pts; 5th Quinns Coil 132 pts.; 6th Maiden's DARKIE 128 pts.

1901: Judge:- Messrs Vincent J Dowling (Lue) & H G Thackeray. Stewards:-P C Trebeck, Julian L Moore
1st W. Robertson's TWEED,195 pts; 2nd Quinns RELIC 186 pts; 3rd McLeod's BIDDY 182pts; 4th Robertson's BELLE 181 pts; 5th Bush's DONALD 179 pts; 6th Welsh's LASS 161 pts

1902: Judge:-1st day Messrs H G Thackeray & P C Trebeck, 2nd & 3rd days, Messrs V J Dowling & H G Thackeray. Stewards:- Messrs Julian Moore and Trebeck. Maltese Cross part of course of the course.
1st King & McLeod BIDDY 185; 2nd Maiden Bros DARKIE 182; 3rd Maiden Bros NEEDLE 175; 4th King & McL. HINDHOPE JED 171; 5th King & McLeod MAUDIE IMP 167; 6th Quinn's COIL 166

1903: Judges:- Messrs H G Thackeray & V J Dowling. Stewards: Messrs J Moore & Walter Suttor.
1st King & McL.HINDHOPE JED 172; 2nd Little's TOSS 168 pts; 3rd King & McLeod BLAKE 158 pts; 4th King & McLeod BOON 149 pts; 5th Maiden Bros CHANCE 146 pts; 6th Maiden Bros MIDGET 138 pts

1904: 40 nominations,. Maltese Cross replaced by a race and bridge. Judges: Messrs H G Thacheray & Walter S Suttor.Stewards Mr J Moore and Masters C & E Trebeck
1st White's BUDDHA 173pts; 2nd White's BONNIE 170pts; 3rd Newell's FANCY 165pts; 4th Quinn & Keith BLUE METAL 163; 5th Webb's CHIP 162 pts; 6th Maiden Bros Needle 138pts.

1905: Judges:- Messrs H G Thackeray & W S Suttor, Steward: Mr Julian Moore. 45 entries.-record entry.
1st Field's LUBRA 200; 2nd King & McLeod WALLACE 193; 3rd White's YOU BET 193;4th King & McLeod BORU 192; 5th King & McLeod HINDHOPE JED 186; 6th Kelly's ROWDY 181;
Wallace beat You Bet in the run-off for second place. Winner described as "... a neat little black bitch of smooth collie type. She has an intelligent head and really good feet. She had previously won prizes at Hamilton and Rokewood (Vic).

1906: Judges:- Messrs Frank Mack (Narromine) & P J Kelly (Booroomugga Nyngan) Steward: Mr J L Moore. 1st K & McL.BIDDY'S DAUGHTER.200; 2nd King & McLeod BARRY; 3rd King & McLeod BEREFT BIDDY'S DAUGHTER 100; 4th K & McL TWEED OF ROXBOROUGH; 5th Blake's TOSS

1907: 1st King & McLeod BAREFT; 2nd Warwick & Moore LADY; 3rd King & McLeod TWEED OF ROXBOROUGH; 4th Leslie's MOSS OF ANCRUUM; 5th Gordon & Connolly NIGGER; 6th G A Bell Ding Dong 161

1908: Judges: Messrs P J Kelly & W Suttor Steward C H Gorman. 20 entries,
1st K & McL MOSS OF ANCRUM 185; 2nd Fenton's MEG 185; 3rd Jones' BRUCE 183; 4th K & McL TWEED/ROXBOROUGH 183; 5th Gordon's SWALLOW 167; 6th Kennedy's FANCY 150 ;

1909: Judge:- Messrs W S Suttor & H G Thacheray. Steward.Mr C H Gorman.
1st Jones' BRUCE 200; 2nd King & McLeod BEREAVE 184; 3rd Bell's DING DONG 179; 4th Bell's BELL 176; 5th K & McL TWEED OF ROXBOROUGH 173; 6th Singleton's Mack 163.

1910: 1st King & McLeod MOSS OF ACRUM; 2nd White's ROXBOROUGH GIRL; 3rd Bell's RING;4th White's MYSTERY; 5th Bell's NIGGER

1911: 1st Mitchell's GLEN; 2nd Bell's RING; 3rd White MOSS OF ANCRUM; 4th Field's JEDD; 5th King & McLeod JED OF ANCRUM;

1912; 1st Mitchell's GLEN; 2nd Laidlaw's BANTRY late Banshee; 3rd White's SCOTT OF MELBOURNE 4th Bell's TINKLE; 5th White's ROXBOROUGH GIRL

1913:1st White's KING BILLY; 2nd Bell's TINKLE; 3rd Mitchell's GLEN; 4th McLeod's BOYNE; 5th Collin's HEMP
King Billy won the Novice and Open at this his first start in trials.

1914: 1st Collin's HEMP; 2nd McLeod's BOYNE; 3rd Casey's CORA;4th Collin's BOSS; 5th Bell's TINKLE.

1915: 1st King & McLeod BANSHEE; 2nd Bell's NIGGER; 3rd Mitchell's GLEN; 4th Bell's SOUND; 5th Lawler's TONY

1916: 1st Bell's RING; 2nd Haynes' BARNEY; 3rd Kemp's SCOTT; 4th Bell's NIGGER; 5th Bell's SOUND

1917: 1st Collin's FRISK; 2nd McLeod's BARNEY; 3rd Haynes & Bower's BARNEY; 4th Collin's GARRY; 5th Waite's WAMPY

1918: 1st Collin's FRISK; 2nd McLeods BLUE BIDDY; 3rd White's ROCK; 4th White's GLORY; 5th Bell's TONE

1919: 1st White & Henry's WAMPY; 2nd Kemp's AUSSIE; 3rd Kemp's MOLLY; 4th White's SAN; 5th King & McLeod BLUE METAL

1920: 1st White's SAN; 2nd Kemp's AUSSIE; 3rd Kemp's BANTRY GIRL; 4th Bell's TONE;

1921: 1st Collin's GARRY; 2nd White's SANDY; 3rd Lee's BOSS; 4th Kemp's NINGLE

1922: 1st Trevaski's BANTRY GIRL; 2nd Connally's BLUE BELL; 3rd White's KEN; 4th Kemp's AUSSIE;

1923: 1st Trevaski's BANTRY GIRL; 2nd White's SANDY; 3rd King & McLeod JESSIE; 4th Kemp's BATTLE

1924: 1st Kemp's BEAU; 2nd Clancy's FLY; 3rd Kemp's MAX or Mac; 4th White's TOSS

1925: 1st White's DELHI; 2nd White's COLLIE QUEEN; 3rd White's STONEWALLEN; 4th Kemp's MAZE

1926: 1st White's COLLIE LASS; 2nd Trevaski's BANTRY GIRL; 3rd White's COLLIE BELLE; 4th South's FLIRT

1927: 1st King & McLeod's BOO; 2nd White's RED QUEEN; 3rd White's COLLIE GLEN; 4th Harwick's CASH

1928: 1st White's MISS DELL; 2nd White's DELHI GIPSY; 3rd Kemp's BEAU; 4th White's TARNEE.

1929: 1st White's DELHI GYPSY; 2nd Bower's BLUE PRINCE; 3rd Warwick's SORLEY (SANDY); 4th Warwick's MISS LANDER

1930: 1st Jacka's LITTLE MAN; 1st Kemp's JOKER tied; 3rd Collin's SUNNY SPOT; 4th Perry's DELL; 5th Warwick's COO-EE UTILITY. Judge: J Quinn.1st A McLeod's Colleen; Mrs M J Warwick's Miss Lauder 88pts;. B H Fisher's Brown 89pts

1931, 1932,1933

1934: Novice 1 T White's and E E Bendell's Fluff 89, 2 A Kemp's Clutha Duke 87; 3 T Whites Rod. OPEN: 1 Bowes and Haynes Blue Maid 178, 2 T White's Jet & T Whites Napolean Boneparte 177, 4 A B Kemp's Clutha Duke173, 5 S Tredrae's Bonnie 172.

1935: 1st T South, Last Trump tied Mr S Tredeas Bonnie 173 3, 4 & 5th A B Kemp's Clutha Duke; A BKemp's Homeleigh Laddie; T White's Judy.

1936: Novice: 1 M south, Tramp 81, 2 T White Master Nap 80, 3 M South's Greenie; & J Goodfellow's Don O Currawang. OPEN: 1 T White's Gem 166; 2 M south's Mallie 165; 3 W A Tatham's Ivanhoe 161; 4 T South's Polly 160, 5 A B Kemp's Clutha Duke 158.

1937: 18 June, Novice: 1 P J Donnelly's Kippenlaw 185 B/c, 2 T White's Master Nap 181, 3 D McDonald's Dell 179, 4 P J Donnelley's Jack BC/K. OPEN 1 T White's Gem 183, 2 A Kemp Homeleigh Ringer 175, 3 D Jones Col 173, 4 T South's Cobber.

1938: 23 June. OPEN: 1 T South's Polly 178, 2 A Kemp's Homeleigh Ringer 174, 3 A Kemp's Clutha Duke 170, 4 M South's Trump 162, 5 A Kenny's Ringer 160 1/2.

1939: 22 June, Novice: 1 A Kemp's Gents Queen 80, 2 M South's Rocket 77, 3 M South's Monti 76 Unpl M A Cavanagh's Brucedale Eve. OPEN 1 A B Kemp's Magpie 94,94=188, 2 T White's Judy 90 97=187, 3 Goodfellow's Don o Currawang 93,88=181, 4 T South's Jed 93,87+180, 5 J M Taylor's Gowrie Laddie 85,92=177.

1940: 22 June Open 1 T South's Jed 93,94=187; 2 J Allan's Dawn 93,91=184, 3 J Goodfellow's Don o Currawang 92,89=181, 4 T White's Roy 93,87=180.

1947 Novice. 1 A E Meacham - Glen 96, 2 Wades Ben 93, 3 Stanyers Shep, 4 Cavanaghs Lucky, 5 Inglis Floss, Open 1 Butlers Johnny 193, 2 J McIntosh Tim 186, 3 T South Bedevale 184, 5 tied Lairds Jean& A Meacham Stella 176.

Revised: 7/4/97.



                        CANBERRA 1943 -1969

1943 Open Championship. Judge: J Donnelly, Bungendore. NSW

1st Mjr D McMaster DUSTY BOB 182 (on protest) 2nd T South DRUMMER 184 3rd T South JED 169. Maiden Championship. Judge J Donnelly.1st T South BEST 159 2nd D Tully FLO 146 3rd H Lawton BLUE BOY 126

1944 Open Championship. Judge: J Donnelly, Bungendore,NSW
1st T South JED 173 2nd Mjr D McMaster DUSTY BOB 163 3rd A Bolton MAISIE 160
4th D McDonald DELL 148 5th D McDonald ROSE 127 Maiden Championship. Judge: J Donnelly

1st T South MACK 180 2nd J Morrison TRALEE ROSE 156 3rd T South 1394th D Tully FLO 135, 5th T South MON 122 Open Championship Judge A Collins Lucernedale S A
1st R B Kelly MOSS 88+90=178 2nd I Price IRVALE DON 88+89=177 3rd J Morrison TRALEE LASS 83+89=172 4th A Miller ANNANDALE PAM 90+81=171 5th I Price HOMELEIGH LAD 91+77=168 6th L Dawson ROY 83+84=167 7th Mrs Johnston ANNANDALE BLONDIE 83+64=147.
1946 Maiden Championship . Judge R C Noakes, Walcha.
1st D Tully FLO 81+61=142. 2nd T South KEMP 73+65=138 3rd J Moore JEANNE 70+58=128
Open Championship. Judge M A McLeod.
1st A Butler JOHNNY 90+90=180 2nd T South JEFF 95+77=172 tied 2nd R B Kelly/D Russell HEARDSMAN FLEET 90+82=1724th H Lawton BLUE BOY 87+69=156 5th A MillerANNANDALE FLOSSIE 83+61=144 6th Mjr D McMster DUSTY BOB 82+49=131

1947 Open Championship. Judge R C Noakes, Walcha, NSW
1st A Butler JOHNNY 94+88=182 2nd J B Walsh THE MAJOR 89+90=179 3rd T South BEADAVALE 90+78=168 4th C Butt MAC 85+81=166 5th H Lawton BLUE BOY 85+72=157.

1948 A Butler JOHNNY 93+90=183 2nd H H Harris BORDER FAY 87+89=176 3rd A E Meacham KYNETON GLENNIE 79+73=152 4th J E Dale KYNETON FLOSSIE 72+62=134.
A P Butler won the "Tully Cup" outright. Maiden Trophy won by H H Harris 'Border Fay'

  1949 No trials held owing to transfer of dates.

 1950 Open Championship Judge: R C Noakes, Walcha.NSW
1st C W Butt CURLY 97+86=173 2nd G Stanyer BLUE BONNETT 89+74=163 3rd A E Meacham WYALONG TONEY 89+68=157, 4th A Mongan WINTERAGA ANGUS 94+62=156. Maiden trophy H H Harris BILL 93.

1951 Open Championship Judge: J Beatson <Batson ?> Nhill Vic.
1st A Butler JOHNNY 97+95=192 2nd CWS McDonald,ELLARDSLEA JUDY93+90=183 3rd A Meacham KYNETON LYN 92+90=182, 4th O Fish MEADOWBANK MAX,90+89=179 5th D C Laird,GIRNIGO LOCHIEL 95+83=178 6th H Lawton BEDAVALE 90+84=1747th A Mongan WOOMBI SILVER 91+79=170

1952 Open Championship Judge: R C Noakes. Walcha
1st A Butler JOHNNY 97+100=197 2nd H Harris GENERAL HAIGH 95+98=193 3rd L M Nugent 98+93=191, 4th GJ Thornton RIVERINA GIDGEA96+94=190 5th S McMaster NED 96+93=189 tied 5th CWS McDonald ELLARDSLEA JUDY 189, 7th D D Smith KENNY 98+90=188 8th A Miller MILLERS PANDA 97+84=181
Fastest time G T Nightingal BARNEY 6m 18s.
Maiden Championship Judge R C Noakes
1st D D Smith GARRY 91+83=174 2nd H Lawton RED BOY 94+79=173 3rd A Hudson PANDA 87+84=171

1953 Open Championship Judge C W S McDonald. Neradjuha V
1st D D Smith KENNY 93+95=188 2nd S McMaster MIST 93+94=187 tied 2nd J Casey MICK 94+93=187, 4th AE Meacham NEWTON NAP92+94=186 5th AE Meacham WYALONG WALLACE 92+92=184 6th W R Marshall HERDSMAN WEE DELL 93+89=182, 7th G J Thornton RIVERINA GIDGEA 92+82=174
Maiden Championship Judge C W s McDonald
1st R Beatson,FIRRHILL BRACKEN 82+74=156, 2nd D C Laird GLENCOE BETTY 83+65=148 3rd A E Hudson JULIE 81+64=145

  1954 Open Championship Judge: J Moore, Tallimba appointed but died on morning of trial- D Ross officiated.
1st A Miller KYNETON AFTON93+95=188, 2nd S McMaster NED 94+93=187 3rd L M Nugent WANGA RUSS 91+93=184, 4th AE Meachaam NEWTON NAP 93+89=182 5th L M Nugent KURRARI BONNY 92+86=178 6th A E Osborne,ROCKBANK FLOSSIE 91+85=176 tied6th A Miller MILLERS PANDA 92+84=176.
Maiden Championship Judge Father John Morrison, Canberra.
1st R H Cox CLYTIES SUGAR 90+85=175, 2nd B O'Kane ANNANDALE LANCE 94+73=167, 3rd E Toemey ROVER 90+69=159, 4th F Shannon LONE STAR 93+55=148.

1955 Open Championship Judge: F Pratley, Bathurst
1st A Miller KYNETON AFTON 95+97=192, 2nd H Harris BILL 94+97=191, 3rd L M Nugent WANGA RUSS 95+92=186, 4th B O'Kane ANNANDALE LANCE 94+92=186 2nd R R Inglis BEAUMONT BOY94+78=172 6th B O'Kane HERDSMAN LASS95+74=1697th H C Vincent WANGA DON 94+74=168 8th L M Nugent KURRARI BONNY 94+73=167
Maiden Championship Judge T Wright Urana NSW
1st Mrs R Beatson, FIRRHILL BOB 82 won on run off, 2nd C McKenzie MARILLA FAIRY 82. 3rd Mrs R Beatson FIRRHILL SODA 79, 4th H Lawton BADGE 78.

1956 Open Championship Judge D Ross Korumburra Vic
1st A Miller LUCK 87+93=180 2nd A Miller JILL 89+89=178 3rd R W Bogie MILLERS BOB 86+85=171, 4th L M Nugent WANGA RUSS 92+75=167 5th F J Shannon MOOSE 94+70=164 6th L M Nugent GLENDERRY MONTY 91+70=161
Maiden Championship Judge f Widdicombe Casterton V.
1st F J McIntosh LOCH MOY LACHLAN 92 2nd F J Shannon CLOWN 91 3rd A C Hearn HERDSMAN SPEEDY BILL 87,4th D Tully CORBY 86.
1957 Open Championship Judge A E Hudson, Cobar, NSW
1st W R Marshall HERDSMAN WEE DELL 98+98=196, 2nd R R Shephard FORTUNES LASS 99+96=195, 3rd R W Bogie MILLERS BOB 98+96=194 4th F J Shannon CLOWN 98+94=192, 5th L M Nugent GLENDERRY MONTY 98+93=191, 6th T Wilmot BLACK 98+87=185.
Maiden Championship Judge Mrs M Hudson, Cobar
1st T Wilmot BLACK 93 won on run off 2nd A C Hearn HERDSMANS SPEEDY BILL 93, 3rd R R sandford ARGYLE BLAZE 92 4th F J Shannon CLOWN 89

1958 Open Championship Judge D D Smith Roma Q.
1st E L Morris HERDSMAN CHARLIE 92+91=183, 2nd H H Harris BILL 91+91=182 3rd J W Grady KARINGAL DON 91+84=175, 4th B O'Kane ANNANDALE LANCE 92+83=174, 5th J W Grady HERDSMAN NUGGET 92+78=170, 6th R W Bogie MILLERS BOB 92+74=166
Maiden Championship JudgeF J McIntosh Heathcote V.
1st D D Smith, KENNIE JUNIOR 91, 2nd A C Hearn FLOCKMAN JUNETTA 86 3rd N Wettenhall INVERBRACKIE SNIP 84, 4th E L Morris KURRARI GEM 83, T Wilmot SMOKE 83, H Lawton LOCK 83 tied.

1959 Open Championship Judge A Miller, Woodend, Vic.
1st W R Marshall HERDSMAN WEE DELL 91+93=184, 2nd R W Bogie,NAVARRE FLASH 91+90=181, 3rd T Wilmot, SMOKE 90+89=179, 4th J W Grady,HERDSMAN NUGGETT 89+86=175, 5th R R Sanford,EULO LASSIE89+85=174,6th P Koschitzke BONNY DOON FAITH 90+78=168.
Maiden Championship Judge C W Butt, Illabo.
1st G Brennan BRUCE 95, 2nd D Tully FLEET 92, 3rd A Miller GAFFER 91, 4th I Price IRVALE MONTY; H Lawtons FLASH; E Toomey AUSTRAL MOON; N Wettenhall INVERBRACKIE SNIP 89. tied

1960 Open Championship Judge Mrs M Hudson, Cobar.
1st B O'Kane, YARRAMINE WHISKY 91+87=178, 2nd W R Marshall HEWRDSMAN WEE DELL 94+80=174, 3rd F J McIntosh BELLVUE DON 95+72=167, 4th R R Sandford EULO KATIE 94+67=161, 5th R R Shepherd LINTON LUCKY 87+66=153, 6th R W Bogie, MILLERS BOB90+62=152.
Maiden Championship Judge H Lawton Gunning, NSW
1st R W Bogie AUSTRAL SHEP 87, 2nd E Morris NAYOOK TRIX 85, 3rd G Thornton KYNETON TRAMP 84, 4th J Dyble JOHNNO 84.

1961 Open Championship Judge C W Butt, Illabo, NSW
1st G Kenny KIALLA PANDA 96+97=193. 2nd B O'Kane YARRAMINE COLLINGWOOD, 93=90=183, 3rd H H Haris, CHIPS 95+87=182, 4th H E Johnston HERDSMAN PIP 91+90=181, 5th A Miller MILLERS PETE 93+78=171, 6th J W Grady HERDSMAN NUGGET 92+78=170; A C Hearn HERDSMAN SPEEDY BILL 91+79-170

Maiden Championship Judge R W Bogie Mitiamo Vic.
1st A Miller MILLERS PETE 96 2nd B O'Kane YARRAMINE COLLINGWOOD 94, 3rd W E Wickham PAROO VON 91, 4th E L Morris MILLERS SCOTT 90; W R Marshall HERDSMAN MC REY 90.

1962 Open Championship Judge F J McIntosh, Heathcote Vic.
1st C L Camin, ALROY WEARI WILLIE 87=76=163, 2nd G L Jolly KURRARI BUCK 79+61=140, 3rd C L Camin ALROY COUNT AGAIN 84+46=130, 4th J W Grady HERDSMANS NUGGET 79+50=129, 5th E Sage YARRAMINE CHRISSIE 82+42=124, 6th R R Sandford ARGYLE TIP 79+33=112
Maiden Championship Judge R R Shepherd, Luddenham NSW
1st A Miller MILLERS CLYDE 90, 2nd E Middleton MORRISONS GWEN (IMP) 89, 3rd H C Vincent DAN 86, 4th G Jolly SWANEE 85.

1963 National Open Judge W R Marshall Tatura Vic.
1st E L Morris KOONDA JEAN 95+95=190, 2nd R W Bogie ALROY RUSTY 92+95=187 3rd H H Harris,LUCKY 92+94=186, 4th H E Johnston HERDSMAN GYP 90+92=182, 5th W McIntosh, YULONG LOCK 92+89=181, 6th J S Nevitt BELLEVUE MARY, 91+86=177; E Middleton, KOONDA TIP 94+83=177
National Maiden Judge H Lawton
1st R R Sandford EULO BOXER 75, 2nd E L Morris NAYOOK BUSTER 71, 3rd A E Gray (WA) HERDSMANS DONNIE 70; A Miller KEN 70.

1964 National Open Judge D Smith Roma Qld.
1st W R Marshall WOOROONA BILL 93+93=186, 2nd J Harriott JET 93=92=185, 3rd H Gibson VERVALE MITZI 92+91=183, 4th K Batchelor WEETAH BANKER 95+84=179, 5th C H Exton, MUNDEN LADY 91+82=173, 6th J Dale TIP 93+77=170
National Maiden Judge Father John Morrison, Boorowa, NSW
1st L Armstrong PRINCE 97, 2nd E L Morris NAYOOK BUSTER 96, , 3rd R R Sandford ARGYLE PADDY ; E Sage SAGES PIPSY 95.

1965 National Open Judge H Gibson, Garfield V.
1st H H Harris,(nz) LUCKY 95+95=190, 2nd W R Marshall MINTO SUSIE 2ND. 91+87=178
3rd E L Morris KOONDA JEAN 91+86=177, 4th G Jolly KUBRA LADDIE 91+80=171,5th R Ross YULONG RUSS 94+68=162, 6th B O'Kane YARRAMINE COLLINGWOOD 94+57=151
National Maiden Judge H C Vincent, Wangaratta V.
1st G L Jolly STRATHEAN CONNIE,96, 2nd E Middleton, PENMORE PENNY 95 ; 2nd C Camin ROCKTON ROY 95, 4th R Sandford ARGYLE GYP 94. 5th W E Wickham BLUE SPEC 93.

1966 National Open Judge A Miller, Woodend V
1st G L Jolly, MOROKA SPARK 91+89=190, 2nd E Middleton PENMORE PENNY 90+83=173, 3rd H Gibson VERVALE MITZI 89+83=172, 4th J Harriott BLONDIE 91+79=170, 5th G Jolly AUSTRAL BLAZE 91+77=168, 6th H Gibson ROSEMONT SKY 90+76=166
National Maiden Judge B O Kane, Katamatite V
1st G L Jolly, MAROKA 92 on run off, 2nd R R Sandford, ARGYLE GYP 92, 3rd H Gibson ROSEMONT SKY 90; W Ryan COLLYDALE TIM 90

1967 National Open Judge E L Morris Alexandria V
1st W R Marshall HERDSMAN GEM 92+86=178, 2nd J B Walsh VERJIMAR BATTLE 92+92=174, 3rd C Camin CAMINS CACTUS 92+79=171 4th G L Jolly ARMLEIGH DRIFT 91+77=168, 5th G W Rattray WALLY 91+72=163 6th W H Tennant FIRRHILL MAJOR 95+X=95
National Maiden Judge J Nancarrow Roma Q
1st G L Jolly HERDSMAN MAGGIE 2ND 94 2nd G L Jolly MAROKO HEATHER 93 R R Sandford ARGYLE GYP 93 tied, 4th A Miller MILLERS PANDY LOU 90.

1968 National Open Judge D Ross Korumburra V.
1st E Sage HERDSMAN KENNY 92+90=182 2nd R Sandford KILORAN TALLY HI 90+86=176, 3rd W R Marshall MACKIE 92+81=173 4th H Gibson, VERVALE DIXIE 90+78=168, 5th W R Marshall HERDSMAN GEM 90+67=157 5th G L Jolly AUSTRAL BLAZE 91=66=157 tied.
National Maiden Judge R Sandford
1st G L Jolly MOROKO TESS 82+86=168 2nd C Exton LINTON PETE 83+83=166, 3rd H Lawton MEG 85+78=163 4th J Nancarrow PAROO TOPPY 80+49=129

1969 National Open. Judge O F Fish Oatlands Tas.
1st G L Jolly CAMINS CACTUS 92+88=180 2nd B Quarrells QUARRELLS JILL 90+79=169, 3rd R Ross YULONG RUSS 92+75=167 4th J Nevitt ASTRONAUT GLEN 90+74=164, 5th C Wells ETTRICK TWEED 93+68=161, 6th G Young VERVALE SHANDY 93+66=157; K O Kane YULONG PUNCH 90+67=157.tied.