Hall and District residents, purveyors and producers
Our thanks to the Village of Hall which has been hosting our Trials since 1978. It offers a perfect venue because of its convenient location, rural setting and great community spirit. In particular, we would like to thank the Village of Hall and District Progress Association, Hall Rural Fire Brigade, Jan Spate and the local businesses which welcome us each year.
Our thanks to the 50 or so competitors and their families who travel from all over Australia to compete in the Nationals each year. They are the best of the best and provide us with the opportunity to see some remarkable stock dog work. Some have been coming since they were kids. Their enthusiasm creates an atmosphere of friendly, albeit very-focused, competition which marks the Nationals.
Our thanks to the many people who volunteer their time to helping out each year. We are so grateful for your time and dedication, whether its using:
stock handling experience in the yards
people skills greeting spectators at the entry gates
catering skills organising morning and afternoon tea
management skills working on the Association
logistics skills setting up and taking down the competition field, keeping everything running on the day and managing the score board
administration skills keeping our records in order
marketing and communication skills to help us connect with stakeholders and promote the event
Our thanks to the 2,500 people or so who come along to watch every year. Our regular spectators represent all ages and interests from Canberra residents who are after an entertaining activity for the whole family, visitors to the capitol looking for a unique experience, serious stock dog enthusiasts and history buffs.
Our thanks to the National Library of Australia, which holds our history. Everyone is welcome to search the Library's Catalogue or Trove to discover some fabulous historical photos and resources about the Nationals.
Our thanks to a number of departments in the ACT Government which assist us with important tasks such as getting the ground in great order for the trials, including us in Celebrate Canberra Week and promoting our event to tourists.
Our thanks to the national, state and local media who cover the event every year and draw public attention to this great heritage sport and what it symbolises for Australians. Here are some examples of the coverage we have received: