SOME of Tasmania's best working sheep dogs will put their skills on display in Campbell Town this weekend.
For the first time, the championship event will be held at the Midlands town's football oval.
Tasmanian Working Sheepdog Association publicity officer Lance Clifford said the oval was an ideal location, with great viewing facilities for a championship event.
The three days of trials begin tomorrow and continue until Sunday.
"As Campbell Town is widely recognised as one of the premier wool growing and sheep areas of Tasmania, it is very fitting to hold our major sheep dog competition there," Mr Clifford said.
"The work and ability of these dogs has done much to assist in the development of the sheep industry and, in the present day, good dogs have greatly assisted in containing costs."
Competitors have a time limit of 15 minutes to complete a set course which includes four obstacles.
The dogs are sent out by their handlers to gather three sheep, which they must guide back towards their handlers in the straightest line possible.
After this, dogs must manoeuvre the sheep around the arena before putting them into a small pen.
Each combination of dog and handler starts with 100 points. These are deducted for any poor work during the course.
Competitors will include Deloraine-based dog trialler Malcolm Taylor, who is arguably one of the country's best handlers and has been in the national team almost annually for many years.
Bernard McGlashan of Hamilton also will compete. He represented Australia in the 2011 team, which competed in New Zealand.
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