About us

Since our inception, the WGSDCA has been focused on stressing the importance of responsible dog ownership through training, education and the holding of Trial and Seminars.

WGSDCA was formed in 1990 and is the largest and longest standing IGP Organisation in Australia with numerous clubs in Australia and New Zealand. The Organisation conduct the sport of IGP in accordance with the FCI Utility Dog Rules. The Organisation has titled more than +1,000 dogs over its lifespan.​

The sport of IGP also identify dogs that should not be trained in the sport. All our Member Clubs have a responsibility to the dogs, members and society to constant evaluate every dog and to decline any dog with questionable ability to partake in the sport of IGP.

In 2002, WGSDCA held its very first IGP National Championship which was open to all breeds. The event was officiated by Judge Mr. Lance Collins, Canada. The WGSDCA IPO Nationals are held annually in the first or second weekend of June and hosted by an WGSDCA affiliate Member Club.


Board of Management

President | Sanne Pedersen

Sanne has been involved in IGP since 1992 and co-founder and Treasurer of Sydney Dogsport Club. She has trained and titled 10 dogs including 2 IPO3 dogs. She has competed at 8 WGSDCA National Championships and was the IGP3 Champion in 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2019 with three different dogs. She represented Australia at the 2016, 2018 and 2019 WUSV World Championships in respectively Germany, Denmark and Italy. She has assisted in dogs gaining +20 titles.

Vice President | Crystal Lakatos

Crystal has been involved in IGP since 1999, and is co-founder and Vice President of Eastside Shepherd Dogsport Group. She has trained and trialled 5 dogs, and has participated in two National Championships. Crystal has assisted in dogs gaining +30 titles.

Treasurer | Tom Stewart

Tom has been involved in IGP since 1999 and is a co-founder and the Vice President of Metro Dogsport Club. He has previously held the Board of Management position of Treasurer in 2007. Tom has trained and trailed a number of dogs to various levels, has achieved high in trial, high in tracking and high in obedience awards and has
participated in two WGSDCA IGP National Championships. He has assisted numerous dogs in his club gain IPO titles.

Secretary | Natalie Woelfel

Natalie has been involved in IGP since 1992. She is a WGSDCA judge and started her Judging apprenticeship under SV Training judge, Herr. Stolpe. She judged at the 2013 and 2014 WGSDCA IGP National Championships. She has trained and titled 4 dogs to various levels, the most successful her GSD - 5x IGP3. She has held the position of Secretary with Dogsport New Zealand since it's inception in 1994. 

Director of Judges | Reg Worth

Reg has been involved in IGP since 1990 and co-founder of and Training Director at Metro Dogsport Club. Reg is a WGSDCA & SV Foreign Trial judge and Teacher Helper. He assists with the development of future trial helpers. He has trained and titled 6 dogs including 4 IGP3 dogs and was the WGSDCA Grand National IPO3 champion in 2008 and 2015. He competed at the 2007 FMBB World Championship.  He has assisted in dogs gaining 50+ titles.

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