Queensland Working Cattle Dog Trial Association Inc.

Queensland Novice Champion 2016 McNamaras Scotty - Widgee 2016

About us - the QWCDTAI

The association was established in 1970 as the Crows Nest Working Cattledog Club.  In 1985 the Association name was changed and became the Queensland Working Cattle Dog Trial Association Inc (QWCDTAi).

Our aim

Provide a competitive way to foster and encourage the use and training of herding dogs in the cattle industry - by providing a course that simulates a mini paddock situation with all the skill requirements that may be needed on a day to day basis in the paddock.

Membership

There are approximately 150 members (some of whom were members of the original club).  Our membership originates from all states within Australia.
If you are interested in joining our association, please visit our Membership page.

Dog registrations

It is a member privilege to register their dogs with the association for a minimal fee. Dogs must be registered to be eligible for Dog of the Year points.  Information about the process for registering dogs, including blank pedigree forms, is available on the Dog Registration page.

When do we trial?

Our trialling calendar begins in February each year and goes through until October, over the cooler months of the year. 

There are around 26 QWCDTAI affiliated trials held in Queensland per calendar year, and our members and their dogs hotly contest the following annual Championship events:

  • QWCDTAI Futurity
  • Queensland Championships
  • Australian Championships
  • Queensland vrs New South Wales State of Origin competition.

(check out our Calendar for upcoming trail dates and locations, and our Club House page for winners of Championship events and Office Bearer honour boards)


Spectators are more than welcome at all trials. Come along, watch, have a chat end even give it a go - once you start, you won't stop! There are always plenty of people around happy to share their knowledge.

For trial committees

For committees who are running a QWCDTAI trial, go to the For Trial Committees page to gain an overview of the process of planning and running your trial, along with a range of templates that you can download and customise with your trial information.

State of Origin - who makes the Queensland team?

The State of Origin team is made up of 6 triallers, including the top 5 Queensland dogs (coming from the Open Dog of the Year points tally). If a trialler has more than one dog in the top 5, then they get to choose which dog is in the team with them. (1 dog per handler only). The sixth member of the team - the “Wildcard" - is the Queensland handler with the top score in the Open Trial event selected on the day of the State Of Origin competition. Check out the Club House page for past State of Origin Teams and results.

Dog of the year competition

Our QWCDTAI Dog of the Year page provides information about this competition of the top dogs in Queensland.

Upcoming Trials

Friday Apr 27 - Saturday Apr 28
Saturday May 5 - Sunday May 6
Saturday May 19 - Sunday May 20
Tuesday May 22 - Wednesday May 23