The Dog Jumping Championships of South Africa was started in 1984 by Werner Gott, whose son was a well-known horse jumper. The sport was officially recognised by the Kennel Union of South Africa, and the 1st Championships were held in 1984 at the Rand Show. Dog Show Jumping is only registered in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The championships are held over two days, and consist of three rounds.  The competitors compete with their dogs in three height categories, standard, midi and mini. These competitors need to qualify in two of the rounds to be eligible to run in the Final round, to determine the winner in each height group.
The SA Dog Jumping Championships held at WODAC in Cape Town in 2011, had 39 dogs entered, and 30 of them qualified for the final.

This year the 28th Dog Jumping Championship sponsored by Meradog food is being held at Nelson’s Estate, and have 32 dogs entered from Boland, Western Province, Gauteng, Natal, Southern Cape and the Eastern Cape.

The first round will be held on Saturday 3 November from 8h00 and the semi-final and Final will take place on 4 November during the Wine, Dine and Dog Day event, held to raise funds for animal welfare.


This year there is the popular PETLEY”S fun run/ walk with beautiful routes to choose from. One of the routes follows a Rhenosterbos route with magnificent mountain views, while the other traverses farm dams and a Fish Eagle Forest where you can listen to the birds while you your dog takes a swim in the Nelson’s Creek.

SA’s unique and only Cross Country Course for Dogs:

This unique event is currently the only event of its kind. This event is being sponsored by Promeal and Curves of Wellington.
The course designed and built by Lloyd Bristow and a team of willing and hard workers, will give all eligible dogs and their owners an opportunity to participate in a unique event, and to test their fitness levels, and enjoy traversing the estates Nelsons Creek. 


Fun Competitions
The popular fun competitions, with the following ten categories will be another of the popular attractions in the Meradog Arena. Waggiest Tail, Best Rescue Dog, Shiniest Coat, Most Obedient, Best Trick, Mystery Mutt, Most Attractive, Most Appealing Eyes, Most Expressive Ears, Best Mirror Image - Dog & Owner Lookalike .


The K9 Search and Rescue Association of the Western Cape is a not for profit volunteer association training air-scenting search dogs to be available for wilderness searches for missing people in and around the Western Cape. They are a branch of The K9 Search and Rescue Association of Southern Africa. They will be demonstrating how their dogs are trained for air scenting. They do not track a specific scent, but will search an area for any living person. We are currently the only civilian organisation offering this service in the Western Cape.
Our dogs are trained to international standards. We have three qualified wilderness dog teams and three in training. On average it takes two years to train a dog and handler up to the required standard. The qualified wilderness search dogs are now being trained for disaster work, which will enable them to be used to search for missing people in collapsed structures and other disaster scenarios, including international deployment.
As volunteers we rely on fundraising and sponsorship to purchase the necessary equipment for deployments and to assist with training, so that we and our dogs can be safe in the field.

Dancing with Dogs:

The team from Dancing with Dogs in Cape Town will give a demonstration what can be done with your dogs. Their mission is to advance the sport of Canine Freestyle within the Western Province.
They encourage participation by all dogs and handlers celebrating the unique qualities of each other with the focus on the human / canine bond built upon the foundation of a positive working relationship. Within the sport, (of Dog Dancing), there are two disciplines (or categories), namely MUSICAL FREESTYLE and HEELWORK TO MUSIC.