The various trials recognised by the Association shall be:
- Encourage Trial- for workers that have never won a recognised trial. Two Encourage wins are now permitted, the status of the dog is not considered.
- Novice Trial- for registered dogs that have not won a trial other than an Encourage trial.
- Improver Trial- for registered dogs that have never won a trial other than an Encourage or Novice trial.
- Open trial- for all registered dogs owned by financial members of a recognised Working Sheepdog association.
Encourage classes are usually run over a modified course with some relaxing of the rules to assist the worker to experience time on the competition arena. Other classes are generally run on a standard South Australian course detailed here.
Time allowed for each run can vary according to the size of course and number of entries but is usually 12 to 15 mins.