Welcome to the Annual Kingston Sheep Dog Trials


The Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival is celebrating 26 successful years in 2013, and we have been recognized again this year by Festivals and Events Ontario as a Top 100 Event!

This annual event, held at beautiful Grass Creek Park attracts over 7,000 spectators throughout the 3-day festival. The trials are our agricultural sport celebrating our connection with our urban neighbours. Visitors and handlers from all over the globe make Kingston their home for 3 amazing days of trials competition.

For those less familiar with the sport of trialing, there are many wonderful side attractions to entertain and delight you! Craft & Artisans’ Fair, Sheep Shearing, Kingston Police K-9 Demonstrations, The Agility Connection, Bowmanville Zoo Animal Encounters, Rideau River DockDogs, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, Face Painting and children’s craft area.

Still not enough to keep you busy…try our new camel rides then cool off with a dip at our beautiful sand beach! Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day or delight in the many wonderful culinary pleasures that await you at the park.

If you are a repeat spectator at the trials, welcome back. If you have never been before, here is hoping you will become a repeat.


Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Special Thanks

The William J. Henderson Foundation
We welcome the William J. Henderson Foundation as a trials supporter. We are thrilled that they have once again chosen to support the trials and that they will be a part of our celebrations.

The Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund (PCBF)
The PCBF has funded the sheep rental and transport, (all 650 of them!) for many years. Without the sheep, there would be no trial, so we thank the Directors of the PCBF for their generosity.

We extend our thanks to all our funding partners for their invaluable support.

Those interested in being a vendor or displaying a craft can get more information here.
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