About us


The NSW Yard Dog Association was established in October 1986 to showcase excellence in the working dog by demonstrating the benefits of good sheep work by a dog within the confines of the yard. Good sheep work being efficient, safe and constructive to the end result. In other words, it should, as much as is practical, represent real work and demonstrate the highest levels of stockmanship.

On this page you'll find information about:

  • Our objectives
  • Office Bearers
  • Committee members
  • Honourary life members
  • Memberships
  • Competing
  • Running a trial
  • Staying in touch

Our objectives

  1. To promote public interest in dogs which work sheep in utility and yards
  2. To promote the holding of yard/utility dog trials
  3. To make and from time to time amend rules for the conduct of trials for yard dogs/utility dogs in the state of New South Wales
  4. To make and from time to time emend rules for the eligibility for entrance by both workers and dogs and trials for yard dogs/utility dogs in the State of NSW.
  5. To determine and from time to time amend a system of classification of yard dogs/utility dogs. To collect, publish and disseminate information relating to yard dogs/utility dogs.
  6. To establish a panel of judges and to implement and operate a system of training judges.
  7. To raise funds for purposes of the Association in such a manner as the Committee may from time to time determine.
  8. To hold yard/utility dog trials from time to time
  9. To establish relations and encourage exchange with other associations throughout the world having similar objects to the Association.
  10. To promote in all possible ways, the interest of breeders and owners of working yard/utility dogs

 Office Bearers 2020 - 2021


Nathan Cayfe

0404 045 500


Ben Coster

0407 844 230

Matt Sherwood

0428 445 161


Felicity Nolan

0400 951 171


Oliver Hanson

0430 112 600


Megan Rutherford

0417 004 051


Megan Rutherford

0417 004 051


Emily Wall 0419 705 772

Committee Members 2020 - 2021

Justin Tombs

0421 337 602

Dan Camilleri

0448 009 226

Ed Wall

0428 293 495

Alan Wheeler

0428 319 801

Kevin Howell

02 6859 2311 Neil Lynch 02 6452 3425

Col McPhee

0427 217 697

Jake Nowlan

0428 052 948

Tony Overton

0409 209 423

Nick Foster

0417 522 513

John Rosten

02 6775 5555 Ryan Johnston 0437 307 546

Brad Pellow

0428 867 379 Greg Reeves 02 6358 8285

Honorary Life Members

Robert Monds

Steve Weyman 

Peter Moore

John Rosten

Jim Luce 

Chris Stapleton 

Jenny Rosten

Barry Madden Kevin Howell

Neil Lynch



Membership entitles you to:

  • compete for Pointscore and Annual awards
  • receive our newsletter four times a year, so you can keep up to date with trial news
  • judge trials
  • vote at our annual general meeting

Costs are:

  • Adult annual $50 or 5 year $220
  • Junior annual $20
  • Family annual $100
  • Temporary (day) Adult $20 Junior $5

Membership fees are due by 1 July each year. 

To become a member or renew an existing membership, please use the Forms on this website.

Memberships can be paid by cheque or direct credit to our bank account.


We run over 50 trials in NSW every year, with Point Score Awards in a number of categories.

You can find event dates and entry forms on this website and in our newsletter.

All competitors and judges must read and understand our Competition Rules Book.

Running a trial

The success of our Association depends on the hardwork of our trial organisers.

If you want to run a trial, it's important to understand that only trials affiliated with the Association:

  • allow competitors to be eligible for official Point Score Awards
  • are covered for liability to third parties for personal injury and property damage flowing from the participation of a financial member of the NSWYDA
  • are promoted via our webiste, Facebook group and newsletter

If you want to organise a trial in your local area, please see the information for trial organisers on the Forms page of our website or contact the Secretary.

Staying in touch

Email [email protected]

Phone 0400 951 717

Web www.yarddogsnsw.com

Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1556803064565825/

Post PO Box 413, Forbes NSW 2871

Newsletter Published in March, June, September & December as long as we receive the information we need by the deadline. Deadline for contributions is the 20th of month before. Only results published in the newsletter will go towards the official Point Score Awards.



New South Wales Yard Dog Association Inc.

CONTACT Felicity Nolan, Executive Secretary
POST PO Box 413, Forbes NSW 2871
PHONE 0400 951 717
EMAIL [email protected]

Dogz Online - Dogs, Breeders, Puppies