Sporting Commitee

Sporting committee meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm, Amenities Building, Bill Spilstead Complex For Canine Affairs, Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills.

Sporting committee contacts

Miss Vicki Etherington OAM (Chair) - 0418 226 915
Mr Graham Elven Member (Treasurer / Trial Secretary) - 0411 541 535
Ms Ann Moy - 0438 084 351 (Herding)
Miss Karin Finlayson - 0417 438 723 (National Herding Rep)
Ms Michelle Johnston - 0412 279 699 (Stock Manager)
Mr Neil Fabian – 0412 294 325 (Assistant Stock Manager)
Ms Wendy Downing - 0413 014 372 (Lure Coursing)
Miss Nathalie Church - 0423 095 727 (Sledding)
Miss Christina Stani – 0433 127 245 (Earthdog)
Miss Jessica Mellon – 0425 367 543 (Flyball)

Mission statement

  1. Make recommendations to the Board of Directors in regard to the promotion, organisation and conduct of ANKC Ltd dog sports including Herding Tests/Trials, Earthdog Tests/Trials, Sled Sports Events, Draft Tests and Lure Coursing events.
  2. Allocate and amend dates for Trials and Tests.
  3. Allocate and amend dates for training at the Complex.
  4. Monitor ANKC Ltd Tests/Trials to ensure they comply with ANKC Ltd Rules & Regulations.
  5. Consider reports of Trial/Test Representatives. Refer incidents reported at Trial/Tests by the Representative to the Secretary, Board of Directors or Affiliate concerned as appropriate.
  6. Provide advice and guidance to Affiliates on Trial/Test Regulations and any other related matters.
  7. Organise the education and training of Judges.
  8. Make submissions in regard to rule changes as required.

Herding Training

Training is held by two Affiliates at DOGS NSW Grounds, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills, most weekends from March to November.

NSW Herding Association Inc holds training every Saturday from 9.00am to 12.00pm.

Contact Secretary Mrs Neta Tonkin email or
phone 0414 011 316.

The Australian Stockdog Club of NSW Inc holds training on Sundays. New members and beginners are welcome from 9.00am to 12.00pm.

Contact Ms Di Evans email: or phone 0420 928 945.

You are required to be members of the Clubs to train and can join on the day.


Policy Document for the Use of the Sheepdog Training Area

2020 Herding Judges Training and Assessment Scheme

Download Application 

Lure Coursing Representative

Wendy Downing
Convenor, Lure Coursing Working Party
Ph: 0413 014 372

Member, Bear Paintain, 0432 393 828,
Member, Wendy Downing, 0413 014 372,
Member, Jacki Withers, 0429 501 671,

Sledding Representative

Miss Nathalie Church
Convenor, Sledding Working Party
Ph: 0423 095 397

Draft Representative

Lyn Brand
Draft Test Working Party
Ph: 0418 242 956

Draft Test Information

Draft is a new discipline to Australia but it is well established in USA, Canada, the UK and Europe. Draft Tests are run by breed clubs to maintain the inherent working abilities of these draft breeds.

In Australia it is hoped that traditional drafting breeds will embrace this as the performance of these exercises is intended to demonstrate skills resulting from both instinctual abilities and training. It is a real working test!

Dogs that pull a cart have to be physically strong and sound, well trained, adaptable and of good disposition. They must work well with their handler in a variety of terrains and situations that they might encounter.

Workshops and training days are open to anyone who has an interest in draft work with their dog. Unsure how to start? Come along and have a look or even try it out. 

Further information contact Lyn Brand on or on facebook.

Draft Test Rules.

Draft Training - Ground Rules

Click here to download the Draft Training Ground Rules.