Updated 11 Mar 2008, 3:18pm
Australia's top dog-handlers are in the ACT for the 65th National Sheep Dog Trial Championships.
About 50 competitors and 250 dogs will show off their skills during six days of trials at Hall.
The trials began in 1943 as a single day event to raise funds for Legacy during World War II.
Over the past 65 years, the sport has given dog-handlers a chance to share their knowledge while offering entertainment to people of all ages
From 2010: NATIONAL SHEEP DOG TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, HALL (speech in legislative assembly by Alistair Coe)
Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 16 March 2010 (additions made on 18 March)
Mr Alistair Coe, Canberra Liberals
On Sunday just passed, the National Sheep Dog Trial Championships wrapped up for another year. The Championships are a wonderful celebration of rural and regional communities, farming, friends, family, the village of Hall and of course, sheep dogs!
The National Trials began in 1942 to raise money for Legacy. The prestigious event has attended by a number of Governors-General, the Duke of Gloucester and even Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Trials in 1970. It is Australia’s premier Trials and is very well regarded throughout the world.
Mr Speaker, the Village of Hall punches above its weight. It is defined and tight-knit community that evolves with the times whilst championing their rich heritage.
The strength of the community is depicted by the huge community support the Trials received.